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June 18, 2009



Well, there's two things....

First, the "standard" TiVo can, out of the box, communicate with a cable descrambler, changing stations at appointed times, etc., allowing it to do all the nifty "Season Pass" stuff it's known for. If you lost your "IR Blaster" which came with the unit, you can probably get a replacement from TiVo.

Second, though, the newer HDTiVo units have CableCard slots in them. So instead of paying your cable company for a $50 box rental you rent the cards (2 of them if you want, since the HDTiVo has two built-in tuners), and put them in the rear of your TiVo. They act as the descrambling gear, allowing the connection from the cable company to come directly into the TiVo.

So, in summary - have no fear, the thing you're talking about isn't going to be a problem for TiVo, and hasn't been one for a long while. They'll still be around :-)

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