Bad News for Roku may also be Bad News for Tivo

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by dadrepus, Sep 20, 2019.

  1. Charles R

    Charles R Well-Known Member

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    So far I haven't run into any sites refusing "service" like I have on occasion with the latest release of the browser Add-on AdBlock. I have had a few requests to turn blocking off then allowing normal access - such as this forum. :)

    From my understanding pi-hole doesn't block traffic per se. Rather it simply doesn't resolve the DNS lookup for blacklisted domains. Since they can't be found/reached the offending site never has the opportunity to send or receive data.

    You can instantly whitelist or blacklist domains and it's easy to see which domains are attempting access per client.

    Blacklist
    Add a domain Add (exact) Add (wildcard) Add (regex)

    Exact blocking
    connect.facebook.net
    mystatus.skype.com
    star-mini.c10r.facebook.com
    staticxx.facebook.com
    Regex & Wildcard blocking

    Recent Queries (showing queries for client 192.168.1.24)
    Time Type Domain Client Status Reply Action Time Type Domain Client Status Reply Action
    2019-09-22 01:03:02 A i.tivo.com 192.168.1.24 OK (forwarded) CNAME (45.1ms)
    2019-09-22 01:02:58 A sls.tivoservice.com 192.168.1.24 OK (forwarded) CNAME (58.7ms)
    2019-09-22 01:02:58 A h1.tivoservice.com 192.168.1.24 OK (forwarded) CNAME (21.7ms)
    2019-09-22 00:55:17 A h1.tivoservice.com 192.168.1.24 OK (forwarded) CNAME (21.9ms)
    2019-09-22 00:40:14 A h1.tivoservice.com 192.168.1.24 OK (forwarded) CNAME (23.2ms)
    2019-09-22 00:25:11 A h1.tivoservice.com 192.168.1.24 OK (forwarded) CNAME (22.5ms)

    It comes with several default blocklists and again you can modify those as well.


    Blocklists used to generate Pi-hole's Gravity: 7

    Enabled
    List Delete
    https://raw.githubusercontent.com/StevenBlack/hosts/master/hosts
    https://mirror1.malwaredomains.com/files/justdomains
    http://sysctl.org/cameleon/hosts
    https://zeustracker.abuse.ch/blocklist.php?download=domainblocklist
    https://s3.amazonaws.com/lists.disconnect.me/simple_tracking.txt
    https://s3.amazonaws.com/lists.disconnect.me/simple_ad.txt
    https://hosts-file.net/ad_servers.txt

    I happen it run it on a ODROID XU4 (along with a variety of other apps) but it will easily run on a Raspberry Pi. I have read about it for a long time and after watching this video I gave it a try...

     
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  2. shiffrin

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    I've been following this thread and one of the reasons people are giving for trying Flex is that it is free (for the first TV). But it really isn't free. From what I've seen on the Xfinity web site, it requires that you have the Xfi box which isn't free. I don't have Xfi since I have my own router and cable modem. Is there any way around this?
     
  3. shiffrin

    shiffrin Member

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    I pursued this further with Comcast. They do require Xfi which I do not need since I have my own router and cable modem. I was also told that Flex is ONLY for people that only have internet with Comcast. If you also have a cable TV service, you cannot get a Flex box. This is a strange marketing plan, but I guess they don't to make it any easier for possible cable cutters.
     
  4. Charles R

    Charles R Well-Known Member

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    Per their site... I wonder if you purchased one of the "approved" Gateways would it work and or would they give you one..

    Eligibility Requirements
    To be eligible for Xfinity Flex, you'll need:
    • A subscription to Xfinity Internet
    • A TV with an available HDMI Port.
    • A Xfinity TV Box (Xi6 device). You can lease a maximum of two Streaming TV Boxes online, or three over the phone or at an Xfinity Store ($0 for the first device and $5/month per additional device).
    • A leased xFi Gateway (eligible models include Arris 1682G, Arris TG3482G Cisco 3941T or Technicolor CGM4140COM).
    Note: The Cisco 3939 xFi Gateway is not compatible for Xfinity Flex at this time. You must return your Xfinity Flex TV Boxes upon the end of your Flex service.
     
  5. chiguy50

    chiguy50 U.S. Army (ret.)

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    The answer is no. Those models listed are the Comcast XB3 and XB6 gateways (also referred to in marketing materials as the xFi and xFi Advanced Gateways). You can not purchase a retail (or third-party) model and hope to have Comcast provision it; you must rent it from Comcast.

    Xfinity Gateway Feature Comparison.jpg
     
  6. Charles R

    Charles R Well-Known Member

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    So if you purchase a (stock) ARRIS TG1682G they won't activate it or does their model have custom firmware, etc? Asking for a friend. :) On the surface it appears Flex integrates with the new platform so I can see them being tied together.

    One page I found... which makes it sound like they did/will update the existing firmware (on stock units)?

    The new platform will be pushed to all existing supported gateways -- namely the Arris 1682G, the Cisco 3941T, and the Cisco 3939 -- in the first quarter of 2017 at no cost to the consumers.
     
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  7. chiguy50

    chiguy50 U.S. Army (ret.)

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    I do not have any personal experience to draw on, but AFAIK those particular gateway models are only available for use on Comcast's system via rental from Comcast.

    You can look up the compatible retail modems/gateways for your particular service configuration at the following link assuming you already have a Comcast account:

    https://mydeviceinfo.xfinity.com/customerinfo
     
  8. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    Same for my wife and I with a 65" plasma in our main living area. My son and his girlfriend also only have 1 TV.

    Scott
     

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