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Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by innocentfreak, May 9, 2011.
What hardware are you referring to with this comment?
The motorola dcx boxes. Their limited recording capacity and no upgrade potential really crippled use, that was the only 'fail' we could find with it.
I have Comcast in South Jersey. Until recently, on the OD channels, I would get a "Channel not available" notice from my Premiere. But in the past few weeks, I have started to see on those channels a half-screen-size box with the verbal blurb I used to see in that corner on the OD channels, but no actual listings. So it looks like they could be getting ready to start offering me Comcast OD.
Don't bet the ranch (Negative? Me? Don't be silly).
There are no On Demand "channels". Those channels are simply links into the On Demand menus so they aren't channels in the sense of the word. The Comcast Central channels (the ones that display multiple channels) are channels with the audio for the different channels on different audio sub-channels. Maybe that's what you are seeing.
In any case, South Jersey isn't the initial test market for Comcast On Demand for TiVo. That would be the San Francisco Bay Area and that's not supposed to be working until next year according to the press release.
All that said, the Cherry Hill system has been used to test things in the past, the most recent being SDV (which Comcast abandoned).
I know they are not regular channels that have their own programming. I just mentioned that in Voorhees, NJ, I used to get "Channel not available" on my Premiere on channels 199 and 315, for example, but now I get a guy talking in one corner of the screen about all the stuff Comcast has On Demand, and that on my other TVs which still use a Comcast cable box, 199 and 315 are channels where I get the same guy talking in one corner, but I also get the On Demand listings. In Atlantic City, NJ on my Premiere, 199 and 315 still give me "Channel not available". I'm not exactly holding my breath waiting for OD to appear on my Premieres, but maybe somebody in San Francisco got these screens beforehand and can report on how long afterward the actual OD appeared.
Well, they do have something to do with the Premiere.
So as you can see, with this wording, they are referring to both the Premiere and the older motorola boxes which were updated with TiVo's software. One certainly came long before the other. However with the mention of the Premiere and the Premiere XL, it has been updated since then to include just that. How this relates to the May press release remains to be seen.
As for why anybody is excited about it, well it would be nice to have access to the VOD obviously, and the May press release did specifically state that TiVo Premiere boxes would support this, not any other, unnamed, unannounced or unreleased box. The TiVo Premiere is with us right now, after all. My only sinking feeling is that it may be exclusive to TiVo Premiere boxes that comcast provides, but that will obviously only come to light after it happens.
Has there been any new news on this topic?
It was mentioned as being in field trials and launching early next year in the last investor conference call in November.
If this is going to happen, I would not mind upgrading my TIVO HD units to TIVO Elites or Premiers.
This is the one thing I miss with Tivo is access to OnDemand.
Having to use a PC (or their box), is very inconvient.
I saw this recently:
From a competitive look maybe that will kick Verizon in the pants and encourage integration of TiVo to FiOS On Demand as well.
TiVo's Xfinity promo page is live:
This'd push me over the edge on buying a Premiere. To me, it represents enough of a differentiation from my current Series3 for my use-case.
Ditto. Once that becomes available, I contemplate I'd buy a Premiere Elite, get lifetime on it, and decommission one or two of my Series 3 units.
"TiVo's Xfinity promo page is live:"
Let's be clear this has been my missing link with TIVO And Comcast ... can't wait for it. Already signed up to be notified.
If it is like RCN's implementation, then you are required to have comcast internet, in order for this to work.
Yes, I would think that would be a given as far as a requirement.
Pardon my stupidity, but why can't this work on a Series 3?
how many people have a premiere (which almost can't function without a broadband connection) and comcast cable without comcast broadband?