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What Comcast/Xfinity services are NOT available with a TiVo box?

Discussion in 'HD Comcast TiVo DVR (Archive)' started by angelsix, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. aadam101

    aadam101 Tell me a joke

    Jul 14, 2002
    I would post this over in the main Tivo forum and see if anyone has any advice. Nobody reads this forum but me. I am one of the few people on this forum that has actually seen a Comcast/Motorola/Tivo.
  2. LisaJaco

    LisaJaco New Member

    Jan 31, 2012
    I called Comcast earlier this month to inquire about OnDemand for TiVo, and they told me the function would be available in April. Is this true or were they BSing me?
  3. aadam101

    aadam101 Tell me a joke

    Jul 14, 2002
    It's going to be available in San Francisco soon. Not sure about April. No idea if/when they will ever roll it out nationwide.
  4. greyrock

    greyrock New Member

    Dec 11, 2011
    My series one has long been off contract but to set the clock, I just plug the phone line in and select test connection, it updates the clock. I use it as a repeating schedule manual recording DVR.
  5. emkorial

    emkorial New Member

    Jan 7, 2009
    They made an announcement saying it's coming, but I am not holding my breath. While I would love to be wrong, I'm betting it gets rolled out in the SF market and then nowhere else until they kill it in a few years.

    There's no reason to have a "test" market. Comcast doesn't have to do anything their equipment is not already doing to enable it. They could so an instant nationwide roll out tomorrow if they wanted too.

    "test market" is code for "We're just doing this to get the FCC off our back and we're not putting one iota of effort beyond the minimum we need to". I will honestly be shocked if this ever see's the light of day outside SF.
  6. Bighouse

    Bighouse 200 Club Member

    Sep 3, 2004
    Guerneville, CA
    My series3 is starting to act up and crashing sometimes twice a week. I swear I think TiVo has the best interface but I also feel they build their devices to ultimately fail. They really should rename theirs"lifetime" service to "five to ten years service max". I'm reading this thread because, though I've been a loyal TiVo customer for many years and have owned a 1, 2 and 3 I am now seriously considering getting off the "TiVo lifetime" bandwagon and going with a comcast dvr. I am going into my local cable store tomorrow to look at the offerings.
    It makes me kind of sad to have to walk away from TiVo...but I don't like the limited lifetime of their products.
  7. jrtroo

    jrtroo User

    Feb 4, 2008
    Hard drives always, eventually fail, it is just a matter of time. Tivo buys hard disks, they don't make them.

    Just replace it now before it fails completely, and only for the cost of the drive.
  8. TiredRetired

    TiredRetired New Member

    Mar 27, 2011
    I was told last week by the New England Regional Rep that it will be available here in Vermont in two months. Not sure where you are located but we are usually the last ones to get anything new from Comcast.
  9. seattlewendell

    seattlewendell New Member

    Jan 11, 2006
    5-10 years to average life of a hard drive. That has nothing to do with TiVo. Don't be unrealistic. There are plenty of legitimate reasons to consider other options. This rather ridiculous reason is not one of them.
  10. Arcady

    Arcady Stargate Fan

    Oct 14, 2004
    Buy a new hard drive and put it in the TiVo. The comcast garbage will have a hard drive failure just as fast, and it will eat your brain as it fails.
  11. bobster954

    bobster954 New Member

    Aug 15, 2011
    comcast told me and offered me a free regular box as part of the normal package, even with the tivo.
    this free box is not a dvr but IS INCLUDED in your monthly fee...it can get ondemand.

    However...never got around to figuring out where to plug it in (a/b switch or something?)
    I imagine a second outlet, which is supposed to be free, should work.
    I only have one line in the house, so I guess I would have to split it though. (or pay big fee for them to do so and make a second outlet.)
  12. jrtroo

    jrtroo User

    Feb 4, 2008
    Comcast packages either provide a free box or digital outlet, but not both. So, if you were to return the box you should not have to pay for the cablecard/digital outlet fees (though many times they do this with a credit).

    If you want to use both, you just need to split the cable and put one to the tivo and the other to the comcast thing. Both can connect to the tv and work independently.

    By outlet, you mean power? I hope you have a ups that you use with some protections against line disruptions and don't just plug into the wall.

    Is that what you are looking for?
  13. Silvester

    Silvester My SmartCar

    Oct 4, 2007
    :D Finally able to watch any of the Comcast OnDemand via Xfinity TV app on the Apple iPhone 4 or iPad Gen 3 both on IOS 5.1.1. Works good on each device independently. Easy to search, pause and even filter out just FREE stuff. Only issue is with the Apple TV interface products that I tried. First the HDMI iPad connector and the output was REAL BAD. Very blurry. Did not show xfinity video with the iPhone 4 but Youtube videos displayed OK. Next I got an Apple TV (GEN 3) to get the full 1080 experience and it had some connection issues and kept stopping. Good news thought for the Android. Works GREAT from an ASUS T300 Android IOS 4.0.3 running the new Xfinity TV PLAYER app (avail for Android ONLY) and connected to a TV via a Micro HDMI cable. Perfect audio - Very clear with full 1080p. As of right now I will not upgrade my lifetime Series 3 HD's to Premiere XL models since I will be able to get what I want from the Android tablet. Plan to buy the new ASUS Transformer Infinty TF700 in July/August just for this interface option.
    http://eee.asus.com/eeepad/transformer-infinity/features/ :up:

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