Monday, December 29, 2008

TiVo S3 SDV Tuning Adapter Installation

A week back or so I received a response from Time Warner regarding my request for a Switched Digital Video (SDV) "Tuning Adapter". This device allows my cable-card equipped TiVo Series 3 to receive certain channels that were previously blocked.

In summary, while I still consider it a hassle to have to obtain such a device, I am happy for the time being. Previously, about a dozen or so HD channels were not viewable through my TiVo S3.

Here is my story in pictures:

Step 1: Go to your local Time Warner office and pick up a SDV Tuning adapter.
Step 2: Directions are minimalistic, so throw them away
Step 3: Power everything down (specifically the TiVo)
Step 3: Cable from the wall to the tuning adapter, then from the tuning adapter to the TiVo S3
Step 4: Power the TiVo and the Tuning Adapter up
Step 5: Call Time Warner and have them activate the device
Step 6: Relax and enjoy

Start to finish, roughly 1 hour


  1. Anonymous4:10 AM

    Which Time Warner office are you using?

  2. South Austin ... Stassney Ln. That said, I called and both Austin offices have them in stock.

  3. Anonymous7:07 AM

    Thanks. We here in San Antonio are being told to wait. Patiently.
    No immediate plans on our rollout. "Still being tested..."
    Bummer. One of the first areas to be switched over to Switched Digital, and one of the last to get the adapters.
    Oh well.

  4. I LOVE YOUR post. I hope you keep it up as I am in Charlotte and STILL waiting for the tuner for my area!!!!!!!!!! I definitely want to reference this when I eventually get my tuner.

  5. Anonymous7:37 AM

    I got a call from the San Antonio TW office and said as of Monday the 12th, I can pick up my convertor box! Hurray! I will be first in line!

  6. Anonymous7:07 AM

    Can you tell me the name of the tech you spoke with? I've called twice and asked if they needed to activate/authorize the adapter and they just tell me I need a service visit (that I don't want to wait for). I didn't power down Tivo, it recognizes the tuning adapter but still doesn't work. Thanks in advance for your help.

  7. Kevin C.9:45 AM

    Here in Central NY (Syracuse Area), I was initially told that they did not know what a tuning adapter was :-) (after they sent the infamous, tuning adapter would be avail at the end of 2008 letter).

    After escalating without much success I received a call today from a marketing person who assures me I will be receiving a unit next week :-)


  8. Anonymous1:57 PM

    Glad to see your install went well. I also had an adapter installed. Mine has worked flawlessly. The only minor issue was that I had to move it to a different shelf in the media shelf. The Tivo and TA do generate some heat so moving them apart helped with heat dissipation in an enclosed rack.


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