Comcast Begins Deploying SDV Tuning Adapters

Last Friday TiVoCommunity member jtmal0723 received a letter from Comcast informing him that they’d begin offering the Tuning Adapter for Switched Digital Video channels this Monday, October 6th. And he ran right out and picked one up yesterday. In his area it is the Cisco STA1520 (datasheet). His TiVo recognized it immediately.

The irony is that it seems Comcast is deploying Tuning Adapters in areas where they haven’t started using SDV yet, but will be using it soon. I know, an MSO preparing for a switch before it happens? Shocking! Meanwhile users of Time Warner and other systems that have been using SDV for a long time are still waiting for the TA to be available.

Picked up via EngadgetHD.

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  • Gryphon

    I still misparse that phrase as “Turing Adapter” every time.

  • David

    Just noticed a change on the Time Warner SDV page for San Antonio. They now have a form up to allow pre-order of tuning adapters with a release date of “later this year”.


  • MegaZone

    Thanks, that’s good news.

  • Glenn

    Well, that’s awesome news!

    Obviously Comcast customers aren’t in as much danger as Time Warner customers since Comcast is going much more slowly in their SDV plans, seemingly planning to drop analog channels instead to make their bandwidth available for new HD digital channels, but regardless, I’m glad the boxes are becoming available even if we don’t need them yet.