d1ez3 wrote:Thanks for all the info. I have an xBox already too. So I just contact Brighthouse and ask for the card. It's a one time fee, without monthly charges I would assume.
Edit: just bought one, hope I like it!
In case it helps...
With Brighthouse MI, went to the local office, asked for & got a cable card free -- just had to sign for it. Their web site said no Tuning Adapters in this area - wrong. Hooked the Prime up, & called to get it activated. No Joy. They said to give it an hour or so, so we just let it sit & called the next evening after work -- it took 4-5 days of this before it *took*. Excited to have it working, checked & ~1/2 the channels were missing...
Contacted SiliconDust, on a Fri evening got an immediate reply, they had me do a QAM channel scan with the Prime set to phone home, & diagnosed the problem as the cable card had a bad channel map, get a TA. Went back to the local cable office where we got one of those free. Called to have it activated, the Brighthouse folks went nuts, forwarding the call 1/2 dozen times till someone gave it a try. When that didn't work they said they *Had* to send out a tech so s/he could tell them what to do, how to activate the stupid thing.
The tech came out, did a few measurements, made a couple calls, & e-mailed engineering, telling us that engineering had to get things working, they'd call. The TA was a Motorola MTR700, which needs later firmware to work with more than 2 tuners, & possibly to activate -- we made sure to tell this to the tech. Couple days later it started working -- walked into the living room that morning & the orange LED was solid & everything works great.
Once I had all the channels I started looking at the Prime's status in Firefox, tuning in a channel in MC, then checking that tuner's signal strength. I had read all over the place on-line that for a cable card setup like this, get an amp/splitter -- they were right. I picked this one up at Amazon http://goo.gl/JmWzi [it was $34 last month] & couldn't be happier -- it was well worth it.
Good luck -- I'm sure you'll love the Prime.