I currently have Comcast TV service with two TiVo Premieres that have cable cards. Due to silly charges by Comcast, I wound up turning in my one and only digital box (Scientific Atlanta 2200) in order to avoid the $10/month charge Comcast was imposing. It was an SD box and I wasn't using it much anyway.
The only advantage of having it was being able to access OnDemand content (in SD), but I didn't watch much of that anyway so I just turned it in.
Well, I'm thinking of possibly getting an Xbox360 in the near future. I see that Comcast allows you to use it to access their OnDemand content. Therefore, I thought I might do this and gain back access to OnDemand.
I am also aware that an XBox live gold subscription of some kind is needed. I have seen it offered for as low as about $4/month so it might be worth getting.
A few questions though. Will the OnDemand material through the Xbox360 be in HD? Also, I have been informed on another forum that at least one digital box is needed in order to use the Xfinity OnDemand app on an Xbox360. However, Comcast's own site states that a "Comcast set top box or Cable Card" is needed. I am subscribed to an eligible TV package too (Comcast "preferred") so can anybody verify if I can have just my 2 cable cards and still be able to use the Xbox360 to access OnDemand material?
Here is what the Comcast FAQ page stats about it:
(2nd question down)
Q: Do I need the Comcast set top box connected to the TV along with the Xbox 360?
A: No, the Xbox 360 running our XFINITY TV App essentially acts as an additional cable box for your existing cable service, but you must subscribe to XFINITY TV with On Demand, which means that you will have a Comcast set top box or Cable Card connected to at least one TV in your home.
Now, it is also debatable & questionable when they say "you must subscribe to XFINITY TV with On Demand". Technically, this isn't done with my cable cards. Or does that simply mean I have to be in an eligible TV package (which I am) even if I don't truly get it at home and/or currently have the needed hardware? Not sure.
Ultimately, I'd love to just see the Xfinity OnDemand feature come to my Premieres for my area (Atlanta) like they are SLOWLY coming out in other markets, but who knows when that will actually happen.