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Re: [BC] Second 430 acting as a plain set top box no longer allo
I won't have an answer until the installer arrives on Sunday. It better not be a problem. I didn't think to mention which model I was hooking up and they did not ask me.
I bought my 1st 430 from Telus for $150 when I signed up and they've loaned me a 330 STB. In all the years I've had Telus anything, the most free I've ever got was the various routers (which should be provided anyway). I bought 2 more PVRs for $99 each about a year ago (?) from Best Buy. I think there was supposed to be a programing credit too (but there was no paperwork in the packaging about that).
When I finally got around to moving the 330 STB to the 3rd BR and replacing it with the 2nd/new 430 in the Master BR, I called in but they refused to give me an Activation Code. Then they insisted they had to send out a tech. Then they told me that there was a charge for that. Then I asked to talk to Retentions.
Retentions said that they did have to send a tech to confirm the GUID wasn't scratched out on the bottom of the box--even though you could read it on the screen and needed it to generate an Activation Code (I do not fully buy this reason*. I assume the GUID is used to create the Act. Code). I suggested that since only a small % of people are fraudulent, Telus should not inconvenience everyone else. The GUID on the box and screen match but they do not match the label on the box that the 430 came in--I think I read in this forum that that was common. I can't imagine how much labour Telus is going to be paying for when I see 2 full skids of boxes sitting at my local Costco alone! That is a huge pile of service calls! I would not be happy to buy a box there to start the service and then be told I had to pay to have it installed too!
I don't know networking well but don't think myself an idiot either. I don't see how a STB physically connected to my router which is physically connected to the Telus network, shouldn't or couldn't just "work" out of the box. The Optic data line into the house is separate from the phone line and dedicated to TV and internet, Telus can see my router's ID and knows what I pay for on my account. I don't see how using different hardware should really have to make a difference. Basically, why shouldn't my router be the "key" and anything connected to it just work?
If I were to take the box with me to Kelowna and plug it into my father's router, I wouldn't expect to get Optic TV signals since he only has phone and internet. However, that would be an interesting option--taking my Optic TV STB and plugging it into any hi speed router (Telus or Shaw or?) and getting my TV channels (like a MagicJack). That might make the inconvenience of "activating" the box worth while.
I do enjoy the PVR functionality of recording programs by season but I miss the ease of normal coax cable feeds which could feed as many TVs and VCRs as you could buy. I have a nice DVD/HDD recorder that was close enough to a PVR without having to pay for Tivo so this idea of having to buy/rent only certain equipment and then having to register it in order to use it and then not being able to watch what you have recorded during internet outages, does not sit well with me. (When I lost internet and therefore Optik TV I was very surprised to learn that I couldn't catch up on the stuff I had recorded! Not a good couple of days! Also means that I'll have to continue to pay for the service until I finish watching anything I've recorded--even though I bought the equipment (and paid to watch the material!)
*PS Re: Fraud boxes. In order to get the Optik "signal" you have to be paying for it. If you have the STB hardware, then it was loaned to you my Telus (and it should be) or you bought it.
It does not matter where you bought it (Telus, retailer, Craigslist) as it came originally from Telus (I don't know of any "white" boxes being made/sold--even if there were, you still have to be paying for the signal and that's where to profit is, so why should Telus care at all?).
What if someone stole a STB? Well, gee, wouldn't that client call Telus and let them know? Wouldn't Telus have a record of that box's GUID? Therefore, when the thief (or his dupe) called into to activate the box, Telus would have that GUID flagged. I guess a former Optik client could unknowingly lose his unused equipment from his garage or something, but, really, how often is that likely to happen?
Anyway, just a few of my thoughts on the service.