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Old 07-27-2015, 05:43 PM   #9211
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Then there is the reality.
"Digital Service" appears to be an AO fee for the second Cable Card to me.

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Old 07-27-2015, 06:39 PM   #9212
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Having made four changes to my Comcast service this month (added a Cablecard (new Roamio), dropped two of the old digital to analog SD devices, added Internet, dropped two Cablecards (TiVos replaced by Minis), I thought they were getting things all screwed up regarding the COEs as after the first change, the confirmation email I received showed them (but just two), but the other three confirmation emails didn't show them. But then I noticed something that I also see in some of the bills posted here. COEs, rather than being shown with dates of service (the current billing month), show with just a single date (in my case, just three days before the billing date).

I'm speculating that rather than being a part of your monthly recurring service, something runs each month just before the billing date and applies any applicable COEs. In my case, the first change (adding a Cablecard) was made on 7/3, the same day the COEs were added (but I'm guessing after the COEs were added so at that time, there were just two cablecards on the account). The bill then went out on 7/6. I made change two on 7/11 - at that point, there were no COEs on the current part of the account. Changes three and four followed later in the month.

If I'm right, then around 8/3, they will do the next month's COE run and seeing one Cablecard on the account, will apply one COE. I'll find out late next week if it goes right (and if there are any pro-rated COEs for the partial months two were on the account).

In short, rather than being a part of the recurring monthly charges and credits, they're one-time credits applied automatically every month.

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Old 07-27-2015, 06:55 PM   #9213
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Only in 2 trial cities in Georgia: Augusta and Atlanta. Outside of those two cities Comcast has no plans currently to switch to Mpeg4.

That may change, or they might drop the project like they did with switched video. Though if they do drop it, they might switch to HEVC, which I don't believe is compatible with any TiVo model.
Incorrect. I just got a notice from Comcast/Xfinity that Sacramento, CA will switch all their HD channels to MPEG-4 compression as of September 8, 2015. In short, I have to ditch my TiVo HDXL for a new Roamio model (there goes anywhere between US$300 to US$600 (glyph of dollar bills sprouting wings and flying away)).

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Old 07-27-2015, 07:23 PM   #9214
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Official Comcast CableCard Thread!

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Incorrect. I just got a notice from Comcast/Xfinity that Sacramento, CA will switch all their HD channels to MPEG-4 compression as of September 8, 2015. In short, I have to ditch my TiVo HDXL for a new Roamio model (there goes anywhere between US$300 to US$600 (glyph of dollar bills sprouting wings and flying away)).

Apparently that just went out very recently. Most Comcast areas are not transitioning to MPEG-4 any time soon.

If channel 1995 shows up, the area is being transitioned. If it doesn't, it isn't.

http://www.xfinity.com/hdenhanced

The good news about being upgraded to MPEG-4 is it effectively automatically triples the amount of hours the TiVo can store. You could get an older Premiere for cheaper, though once you experience the speed of a Roamio, you'll wonder how you managed without it.

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Old 07-27-2015, 08:50 PM   #9215
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Thanks for the replies. I guess I will go with 2 cards. My Series 3 TiVo is the one with a glossy black metal case and LED clock on the front. I am also currently using a TiVo Premiere which already has one Cablecard in it. I am not thrilled about lpwcomp mentioning the possible change over to Mpeg4. My Series 3 TiVo is not a big deal to me, but if I can not use my TiVo Premiere, then that may be a show stopper!
I have had both models of Tivo S3. But I have replaced them with a Roamio and given them to relatives. Now my memory is getting fuzzy regarding the colors of the boxes and the clocks you mentioned.

The S3 OLED (the one that displays the name of the program it is recording on the front panel) requires 2 cards (S or M). The one that does not display the name of the program requires only 1 M card. However, it has two slots and can use 2 S cards. You don't want that because you would pay a 2nd card rental fee. S cards are generally not available any more and you would use a single M card instead.

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Old 07-28-2015, 04:47 AM   #9216
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Do you have 2 TiVo's since you are getting 2 customer owned equipment discounts? That would explain the additional digital service charge.
I hope you're correct. Of course, with the transition the older TiVo will be no longer usable, so we'll go down to just the one TiVo. It seems you're saying that that would save us $7.50 a month?

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Interesting that they actually list the HD technology fee with no charge. Do you have any Comcast STB/DVR's?
No. We haven't had their DVD in here for two or three months, now.

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Old 07-28-2015, 04:51 AM   #9217
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The good news about being upgraded to MPEG-4 is it effectively automatically triples the amount of hours the TiVo can store.
Uh, okay that's troubling then. Is that going to get in the way of using my old TiVo Series 3 as a media extender, pulling content from my TiVo Roamio once the content is MPEG-4?

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Old 07-28-2015, 06:37 AM   #9218
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Uh, okay that's troubling then. Is that going to get in the way of using my old TiVo Series 3 as a media extender, pulling content from my TiVo Roamio once the content is MPEG-4?
I would say yes except for the local stations which I understand are supposed to stay MPEG2.

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Old 07-28-2015, 06:39 AM   #9219
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Uh, okay that's troubling then. Is that going to get in the way of using my old TiVo Series 3 as a media extender, pulling content from my TiVo Roamio once the content is MPEG-4?

The Series 3 can't play MPEG-4 so I would say your setup won't work anymore for HD channels. A Mini will work.

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Old 07-28-2015, 10:33 AM   #9220
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Okay so I've got a bunch of questions about the Mini (which I'm asking over >there<) ... but a question about MPEG-4: Can I safely assume that streaming from Roamio to Mini will be more responsive since there is 1/3 the amount of data to transfer?

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Old 07-28-2015, 01:09 PM   #9221
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Well, I ended up going for 2 Cablecards for my TiVo Series 3 (and I do have the one that displays the program name recording on the front panel). Now came the fun part of getting them activated....

Put in both cards, no problems and all went OK, then called Comcast and the CSR activated them but only one tuner worked. I stayed on the phone until he finally got the other tuner working (with the other card), but before hanging up, I wanted to make sure nothing happened to my other TiVo (which is a Premiere) that I had been using for over two years. Low and behold, I went and checked and all of a sudden, that one said, "This channel is not authorized" and the picture was frozen. He had to monkey with that card on the Premiere but finally got it going, so I was happy, so I thought....

Then after hanging up, I went back to my Series 3 TiVo and found that once again, one tuner was not working. So I called Comcast back and this time a different CSR said that one of the cards in the Series 3 was paired with the card in the Premier and asked me to start swapping cards. I did not want to do that so they then went through and repaired all 3 cable cards, one at a time until everything worked. I stayed on the line until I made sure both tuners worked on both the Series 3 and Premier TiVo's and the Xfinity On-demand still worked on the Premier. All seemed good so I thought.....

After ending the call, and thinking all was good, I went to check my e-mail only to find all of a sudden I had no internet! Called back Comcast to see if they somehow messed up my internet account but they said all was OK. So a Modem and Router reboot fixed it. Strange though, in that I have not had to reboot my Modem or Router in years. Not sure if sending all those activation signals down my cable caused my internet to crash but I guess I will never know.

Finally, everything seems to be working after 3 calls and a total of 57 minutes on the phone with Comcast. At least they were able to fix it all. I am thankful for that.

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Old 07-28-2015, 05:32 PM   #9222
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Okay so I've got a bunch of questions about the Mini (which I'm asking over >there<) ... but a question about MPEG-4: Can I safely assume that streaming from Roamio to Mini will be more responsive since there is 1/3 the amount of data to transfer?
I've found the Mini to be very responsive, almost like there was no streaming was taking place, so I don't really see how it could be more responsive.

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Old 07-30-2015, 12:22 PM   #9223
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I've found the Mini to be very responsive, almost like there was no streaming was taking place, so I don't really see how it could be more responsive.
I've not noticed any difference with my Minis whether watching a recording/channel in mpeg2 or h.264 on FiOS.

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