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TiVo Premiere to add Xfinity on Demand

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by innocentfreak, May 9, 2011.

  1. davezatz

    davezatz Funkadelic

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    I may be a real user, but I live in the wrong market to experience it first hand. It's probably kinder of me to wait for forum reviews then to impose upon my friends by accessing Bay Area TiVos via Slingbox. Not to mention that latency is a killer for this kind of task.
     
  2. beejay

    beejay New Member

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    I'd sure take that $10,000 bet.
     
  3. ghuido

    ghuido New Member

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    You just want to make us beg, admit it.
     
  4. kerz

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    I'm a real user! Pics: https://plus.google.com/photos/118350228124353464961/albums/5730015166045498785

    Feedback:
    Sort of seems like a HME app, but it can't be, because it feels fast, and doesn't take two years to load. It does take 5-10 seconds sometimes when going from the HD UI to the VOD menu, but once loaded seems fairly snappy navigating the menus.

    Fonts in places are kinda strange, as if it's falling back to some sort of crappy linux font, rather than the nicer anti-aliased TiVo ones ("Press INFO for options" and show titles on the detail screen for example).

    Has a saved shows folder for things you've watched. Programs you've watched icon is the same as the 'going away soon' icon it seems, other than being a half shade of yellow different.

    Fast forwarding is locked (at least on the one show I tried). I haven't had a Comcast box in a long time, but I don't remember this being the case there. Sucky.

    No different channels for the various sub-groups of On Demand, just one main screen linking to them all. A bit messy, but nice to not have to hunt around.

    Video quality seems pretty good, a bit of macroblocking at times. Better than streaming Netflix most of the time.

    UI feels like a strange cross between HD and SD. Has the new show detail screen, but something seems off. TiVo guy looks stretched maybe?

    Let me know if you have questions.
     
  5. ldhurley

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    Netflix picture quality plus ease of use on my Samsung TV app and my Panasonic Blu Ray app are so superior than through TIVO. There is no comparison plus since you can only add to instant que through another source in order to view on TIVO the TIVO application is worthless.
     
  6. takeshi

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    Not necessarily. Again, you're oversimplifying and assuming. Everything seems simple when you're blissfully unaware of the details involved. Upon initial setup, my Tivo had constant reboot issues which turned out to be related to Comcast's network specifically in my area. While my issue may not be germane to this particular discussion there are always small details to iron out which, again, is the whole point of test rollouts. Just because you can't imagine any potential issues doesn't mean that they do not exist.

    Quoting isn't just used for disagreement. It's also used to build on a former comment (as in this case).
     
  7. davezatz

    davezatz Funkadelic

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    Wrong.
     
  8. davezatz

    davezatz Funkadelic

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  9. ghuido

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    Here are my questions

    1.) Did you need a reboot or was it just there?
    2.) What Software Version is your TIVO Reporting now?
    3.) How does the pay per view work? Does it show you the price?
    4.) For the paid premium items (HBO/Showtime)? does it show unathorized if you don't have it?
    5.) The screenshots show Dolby 5.1? Is it pumping out the audio at that level?
     
  10. kerz

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    Called in a few times, then rebooted. Following that I got an N33 error for about a minute, so I fiddled with switching from NPL to Live, finally went a way. After that, it was in the list.

    20.2.0a-01-2-758

    I didn't play enough with it to answer these well. I was able to play something off HBO, so it does work if you have the channel. There's a picture in the album of what it looks like when you're not authorized to play something.
     
  11. morac

    morac Cat God

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    Fox prevents fast-forwarding of all their VOD content. It's the same on my Comcast box. It's annoying, but since Fox shows contain the original broadcast (ads and all) it's understandable why they do that.
     
  12. rhettf

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    Sounds like when Hulu Plus came out. I had to reboot twice in a row when it didn't say reboot needed to make it display. I guess I am going to try a couple reboots in a row when I get home.

    Also what part of the bay are you located in?

    I am in Oakland.

    Also to people wondering how big the rollout marketing might be:

    It seems to be as far down south as Fremont. I know Marin seems to be included too but its a big county and might not included North Marin. So its pretty big.

    Everyone I have spoke to about this was super exited to hear they could get xfinity ondemand via Tivo plus hulu/netflix and one is already buying my premiere thats about to be replaced with an Elite. I really hope people start coming back to TiVo since its now cheaper in the bay to own one and you don't lose features!
     
  13. kerz

    kerz New Member

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    I live in Mountain View.
     
  14. ghuido

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    Let's just say the rest of us TIVO Comcast Folks outside of your area are a little Jealous right now. "Little" might be an understatement.

    If you can confirm Picture Quality that would be great. If it is through QAM you should have very good stuff. Original broadcast HD content I would think.
     
  15. kerz

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    Picture quality seemed good. I've streamed a lot of stuff from Hulu/Netflix/MLB, and it was at least on par with the best I've seen of those. I'll need to watch more HD stuff and see how it holds up.
     
  16. ghuido

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    interesting since Hulu/Netflix Content is delivered over IP but the Comcast VoD is delivered over QAM. Figure it would be close or better.
     
  17. DogsOfWarandPeac

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    I'm in San Jose and just forced a connection and a reboot and the new Xfinity option showed up for me. Picture quality is pretty good, sound is fine. But it's not full 16x9 for the menus or the content. It's hard to see from the pics that were posted because the bars on the left and right are black, as is the tv, and it's dark in the pics. I happen to have my tv set to show gray bars rather than black so it was more noticeable.

    When I launched a few HD programs the bars on the left and right stayed. I'm not sure if this is a feature or a bug.
     
  18. rhettf

    rhettf R3T1CAL

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    Unfortunately Comcast compresses the ondemand channel single a little bit more than there traditional channels. While I find it better than most streaming you can still get macro blocking on fast scenes.
     
  19. rhettf

    rhettf R3T1CAL

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    did you box says pending restart after the connection?
     
  20. DogsOfWarandPeac

    DogsOfWarandPeac New Member

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    It did not. I restarted just for good measure.
     

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