Direction of the new Tivo company-a considered perspective

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by imsai, Dec 3, 2016.

  1. Bigg

    Bigg Cord Cutter

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    Thanks for the info. I'll report back to my contact at Comcast. What model TiVo are you comparing to X1? I think you misunderstood my comments about TiVo and MPEG-4. I did post somewhere about the theory that Comcast has that TiVo is to blame for bad MPEG-4 decoding, and my skepticism about that. I believe that mostly TiVo users are complaining, since we are much more tech savvy than your average X1 customer, and now I'm firmly convinced it has nothing to do with TiVo's decoding abilities. However, my point is that the tech-savvy users who have TiVo aren't likely to want Comcast as a video provider at all, not that they are going to switch to X1 because of some non-existant different in MPEG-4 decoding between the two platforms. They might be more likely to cut the cord, use a streaming TV service, or switch to DirecTV. I presume most TiVo users who have FiOS available are already on FiOS.

    I don't think Charter is going to use TiVo, they have whatever the heck Spectrum is, Cox uses X1 licensed from Comcast. Maybe they could convince Altice to go all-in with TiVo and bring it to the ex-CableVision markets, as Suddenlink currently uses TiVo. Beyond that, it's relatively small providers like RCN, ABB, and WOW.

    True, TiVo needs to exploit those markets if they are available for the taking.

    The Frontier one is weird. Frontier is NOT using TiVo on their own IPTV platform, which is VantageTV. They apparently are marketing the Roamio OTA as a cord-cutting solution for some DSL customers, which is a weird and awkward combination of things. What is not known is whether they plan to roll out QAM-based TiVos in their ex-Verizon FiOS markets, or if they are going to put the IP-based VantageTV platform there. I haven't paid much attention to what they are doing with those customers, as they are not in my area, so the people I know with FiOS are on Verizon.
     
  2. bmgoodman

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    So complaining to Comcast has done nothing, so far as I can determine. And I don't think the FCC will do anything as I don't think there's anything illegal going on. So, I wonder if pointing this out to Comcast's competitors, like Dish and DirecTV would help. After all, if they start running ads about how crappy Comcast's HD is, maybe Comcast would be forced to respond.
     
  3. Bigg

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    Yeah, the issue with Comcast is that if they are doing anything wrong, it would be a breach of contract with the content providers, and that's a civil contractual matter, not a regulatory enforcement action. DISH doesn't have much to stand on given their history with HD, but DirecTV is blowing everyone else out of the water. They have NBCU 1080i channels in 1080i, and Comcast doesn't. :D:D:D
     

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