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Bay Area, CA: TiVo & Comcast XFinity on Demand -- it's official

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by TiVoStephen, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. Richard A

    Richard A New Member

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    I agree, it also amazes me that not one person has posted that they have received On Demand yet. Makes me wonder if those that might have received it are still at work and don't know they have it yet, or it hasn't been released yet from Comcast. I'm thinking it's Comcast holding it up.
     
  2. inaka

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    I'm in Oakland and would be all over this if I didn't have only a Tivo Series 3.
    I'm looking forward to screen shots from this thread, because I'd upgrade the series 3 immediately to get On-Demand.
     
  3. minimeh

    minimeh Vanity Phrase Here

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    I'm in San Francisco; a Comcast customer in good standing; using a Premiere Elite (that so far, knock on wood, has been perfect); have enrolled in the early opt-in program and am running software version 20.2.0a-01-2-758; have just (about 4:00 PDT) forced a connection to TiVo central to ensure latest data; have enabled channel 1, and ...

    Nothing.

    Roaming the various menus I don't see anything new such as an on-demand app. Selecting channel 1 results in an infinite "Searching for signal on this cable channel..." message.

    I'll keep looking periodically and report back if anything changes.
     
  4. inaka

    inaka Well-Known Member

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    minimeh, have you tried restarting the TiVo?
     
  5. bwellingx

    bwellingx New Member

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    I'm also in the Bay Area, a Comcast customer, and using a Premiere Elite running software version 20.2.0a-01-2-758 (although I don't know if that's the version needed for On Demand).

    I've initiated several connections to Tivo today, and rebooted the box after one of the connections to see if that helped. There's nothing new in the Video on Demand menus yet.
     
  6. minimeh

    minimeh Vanity Phrase Here

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    No, but I did check to see if it was waiting for a restart and it is not.
     
  7. ronsch

    ronsch Active Member

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    If Stephen truly did mean "tomorrow" that would be Wednesday based on the time he posted.
     
  8. CharlesH

    CharlesH Member TCF Club

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    He posted at 9:21PM PDT Monday. That was Tuesday in the Eastern time zone, but it was Monday in the Pacific time zone where TiVoStephen posted.
     
  9. LisaJaco

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    I am not entirely sure if this needs its own thread but I'm am so confused. :confused:

    We've been waiting for ages for TiVo to offer On Demand and now not sure if we should go for the XL or the Elite. There's about $150 in price difference, not that much if you spread it over the life of five years or so, plus we are getting a so-called "discount" of $100 off of life time.

    The grand total for the Elite & life time is $843.73.

    Grand total for XL & life time is $693.73.

    Any input? Maybe we should look into ordering through Amazon to save on tax money since we are CA residence. Any input? Thank you. Sorry if htis is in the wrong area.

    I forgot to add that the tivo rep said he'd throw in 3 months of Hulu plus since I was such an outstanding character. : )
     
  10. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    Do you do a lot of PPV versus free VOD with your Comcast box?

    Scott
     
  11. mattack

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    I don't have either of them, but major differences:

    Elite has 4 tuners
    XL does OTA but only has 2 tuners.

    So if you need/potentially want OTA in the future, get the XL (or get the regular Premiere and upgrade the hard drive yourself for even more savings)..

    But personally, I'd go for the more tuners. Even though the vast majority of what I watch is "broadcast" stuff, I still foresee having cable for a long time. Plus, having lifetime on ANY box is likely to still be a decent resale issue for years to come.
     
  12. morac

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    The method used for the Xbox is different. That's solely TCP/IP (similar to on demand on the PC). The TiVo method is a TCP/IP QAM hybrid which requires headend server modifications.
     
  13. mattack

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  14. LisaJaco

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    I'm figuring the difference is $150 between the two. If the lifespan of the tivo box is about 5 years, that's like 30 bucks a year, or $2.50 a month, for two extra tuners plus the extra hard drive space. Worth it, right? You can't even buy a frou-frou Starbucks drink for $2.50.

    Poooey. It's so difficult to be a woman. Indecisive, indecisive.
     
  15. rbiro

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    OnDemand is there but it doesn't work for me.
    All I get when trying to actually watch a show is the grey bordered cablecard error screen, "In order to start cable service for this device, please contact..."

    Naturally several calls to Comcast didn't fix anything.
     
  16. smbaker

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    If it was me, and I knew I had no plans to ever use OTA, I'd spend the extra money and buy the Elite. As you point out, $150 over 5 years is relatively little to pay, and you may still have some recovery if you ever want to sell it on ebay. Aside from the hard drive (which can be replaced by someone with the know-how), the rest of the Tivo should easily outlive 5 years.

    However, If you're planning on upgrading specifically because of the XFinity support, I'd wait until you see proof that it's up and running in your area, and that it works as promised. 'The coming months' could easily turn into 'the coming years' waiting for a feature to be deployed. It took forever to get the second core enabled, and the HDUI is still incomplete.
     
  17. bareyb

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    Mostly UFC PPV events. Once downloaded to a TiVo box they begin to self destruct after 90 minutes. On the Comcast box they stay as long as you like.

    I have no idea how they will implement PPV's with this service. Sometimes they offer them the next day in the "on Demand" area. I guess we'll see if they delete them immediately when accessed via the On Demand menus... Fingers crossed... ;)


    Do you have Cablecards installed on your TiVo?
     
  18. smarthur

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    I live in San Jose, CA 95110. The Xfinity On Demand icon appeared Saturday afternoon 4-14, I can see the folders and program listings but when I go to play a show I get a gray screen saying to contact my cable provider to activate service.

    I contacted Comcast they "sent a signal to the cable card." But it does not fix the issue. I've also done a reboot twice. I know my area is the first market to get this new feature and I'm sure there will be hiccups. I just hope they get resolved quickly.

    I'll update my post when it starts working.

    UPDATE:

    After visiting Tivo's support page for Xfinity On Demand I figured out that my Cable Card was not paired.

    Calling Comcast and giving them the Host ID and Data ID from the gray trouble screen allowed them to pair my cable card.

    I'm now seeing the On Demand video.
     
  19. Gavroche

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    It's working good for me for most things until I try to watch anything from HBO. I always get a message saying "Subscription Required."

    What does this mean? I have HBO. Is this something messed up on the Tivo/XFinity side or is there in fact some additional thing I need to pay for?
     
  20. bareyb

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    Haven't had time to mess with it too much, but all the Instruction and Welcome Videos that came with it are there. Unfortunately, that's all the content that's available to me. No actual Movies or TV Shows... How do I get to the good stuff? :p
     

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