Any news on the Comcast "On demand" front?

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  1. Jan 31, 2012 #21 of 200
    arizon

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    Hopefully this will lead to other cable providers to do the same. I mean, nothing wrong with more revenue, right? :D

    Cox, what say you?

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  2. Feb 1, 2012 #22 of 200
    Innerloop

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    I'm fine with that if it works, but if the playback controls are as laggy as with "Real" On-Demand, I'd probably wish for something more like Netflix.

    I only really want to be sure that the entire library is offered and not a sub-set (pay-only), and ideally organized in roughly the same way. Not that I LOVE their organization or anything, but it could be made a lot worse as an Amazon-style flat lists or something. So I'd take the devil I know in that instance.
     
  3. Feb 1, 2012 #23 of 200
    aadam101

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    I know this is a bit of an apples to oranges comparison but the Motrorola DVR running Tivo software integrates OnDemand pretty nicely into the Tivo software. The whole thing has a Tivo UI and feels like Tivo.

    It's nothing like the Hulu app. It's completely "Tivofied". I can't imagine why they wouldn't do the same on the Premieres.
     
  4. Feb 1, 2012 #24 of 200
    bareyb

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    Great news. Hope it's true. If it makes it's way to PPV's then I too will be able to get rid of my one Comcast DVR. :up:
     
  5. Feb 1, 2012 #25 of 200
    Raver

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    Be nice if this was to happen for Wavecable too.
     
  6. Feb 27, 2012 #26 of 200
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    Comcast’s long standing relationship with TiVo is nearly ready to bear fruit in the form of On Demand integration. Joint customers of the companies will receive Xfinity On Demand access via retail TiVo Premiere DVR hardware. During TiVo’s quarterly call, CEO Tom Rogers indicated field trials are underway and that public deployment to the San Francisco Bay Area “is weeks not months away.”

    This collaboration looks quite different than their initial partnership, which resulted in TiVo software running on Motorola hardware to be marketed and deployed by Comcast. Unfortunately, the product wasn’t well received and was never deployed further than New England. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again? Rogers:

    We started down one path and from a technical point of view completed it successfully, and they had difficulty rolling it out from an operational point of view. But we got back together and said, what would be a way that gets a product out that does not have those kind of operational difficulties

    Indeed, the new solution is operationally distinct and something Rogers characterizes as a “hybrid” approach… As Comcast will be marketing and installing TiVo DVR hardware procured by customers through retail channels such as Best Buy. Additionally, existing TiVo Premiere units in lit up Comcast regions will receive access to Xfinity On Demand. On Demand will include both freely available content, as licensed by Comcast, and pay per view — all accessed in a dedicated Xfinity area (displayed below) and also available through TiVo’s universal search functionality. And, due to studio release windows, Comcast will actually offer new movies ahead of say Amazon’s competing VOD solution.
    Technically, elements of of TiVo Xfinity On Demand communication are handled via an “IP back channel” — and presumably routed over the Internet versus Comcast’s dedicated video link. Incidentally, or perhaps ironically, this is exactly the sort of two-way solution TiVo and other Consumer Electronics manufacturers have proposed to further open up cable networks to retail hardware… without requiring a business relationship of this nature. Regardless, TiVo owners with Comcast service are about to receive a significant upgrade – starting in San Francisco and expanding to additional markets later this year.
     
  7. Feb 27, 2012 #27 of 200
    SamuriHL

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    Very nice. Definitely looking forward to it. As one of those in the New England region that has a motorola box with TiVo on it, I can honestly say they weren't all that great. I upgraded to an Elite and a Premiere and gave the moto box to my son. :)
     
  8. Feb 27, 2012 #28 of 200
    Innerloop

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    Hmm.. I did notice a lot of XFinity folks at Best Buy the other day, but I didn't realize they were there pimping Tivo. Interesting. But no one has contacted me to start my OnDemand trial yet, WTF?
     
  9. Feb 27, 2012 #29 of 200
    bareyb

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    Well I'm right here in Cupertino. Can't get this fast enough to suit me. I'm hoping when they say "PPV" that they are talking about Sporting Events such as the UFC PPV's. THAT would be awesome. The only problem with it is that the TiVo boxes delete PPV's almost immediately after download... while Comcast Boxes don't... So while it's a step in the right direction, it still sucks.
     
  10. Feb 27, 2012 #30 of 200
    aadam101

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    Does this mean boxes will not be available from Comcast?

    I was under the impression customers were going to be able to lease Premieres through Comcast.
     
  11. Feb 27, 2012 #31 of 200
    jrtroo

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    I believe all of the materials on this mentioned retail TiVo boxes, and had no mention of leased boxes.
     
  12. Feb 27, 2012 #32 of 200
    bareyb

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    Honestly? I prefer it this way. I'd rather Comcast keep their grubby little hands off the TiVo software and step up and support the retail versions of TiVo like they are supposed to... I'm so sick of them rigging the game to force people to rent their piece of crap DVR's... I STILL have one of those POS so I can get PPV's and not have them get deleted after 90 minutes REGARDLESS if I've watched them or not. :mad:

    In other words, you can't really RECORD them on a Tivo box, only watch them live (Tivo stupidly agreed to this when they had the Tivo DVD burner combos)... Comcast boxes allow you to KEEP the recording whereas TiVo boxes do NOT. So the game is still rigged in their favor. Unless I want to start illegally downloading the UFC events to my TiVo, this still doesn't allow me to get rid of that damn Comcast box...
     
  13. Feb 27, 2012 #33 of 200
    mattack

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    How much if any of the On Demand stuff is commercial free?

    and is it definitely unedited?
     
  14. Feb 28, 2012 #34 of 200
    ajwees41

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    they are talking about the free content from cable channels ie music choice videos premium on demand with subscription to the channel
     
  15. Feb 28, 2012 #35 of 200
    mattack

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    But I'm sure my mom has watched some stuff On Demand with her cable box.. and I know at least some of that has commercials (e.g. 'reruns' of network stuff).
     
  16. Feb 28, 2012 #36 of 200
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    RCN's implementation also requires you to have their Internet service, as it connects to an intranet which is not accessible through other providers.
     
  17. Feb 28, 2012 #37 of 200
    ajwees41

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    that would be because in order for comcast to brodcast the reruns for free no charge to the customers they require the ads or they would have to charge for the viewing of content.
     
  18. Mar 1, 2012 #38 of 200
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    bareyb

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    Hey thanks! I just signed up. It's just too bad that TiVo boxes tend to delete PPV's immediately upon viewing. When they say pay per (one) view, they aren't kidding... If I'm gonna pay $55.00 for a UFC PPV, I'd like to be able to see the highlights more than ONCE. kinda sucks, because Comcast boxes don't do that and you can keep the PPV as long as you like... It's the ONLY reason I rent a comcast DVR as I have 3 Tivo boxes in the house. TiVo kinda screwed themselves (and us) when they agreed to that.. :mad:
     
  20. Mar 6, 2012 #40 of 200
    denise1768

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    I just signed up. I'm in San Jose and hoping it's included in the SF Bay area launch. I really would love to ditch my other dvr (comcast/motorola) and replace with another tivo.
     

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