NBC Peacock - do we get it, or are we "penalized" again for having TiVo?

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  1. squiredogs

    squiredogs TiVo'er since 1999

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    I was excited about the upcoming Peacock service, until I realized that I may not get it, as I have a Bolt and a Roku. I have Triple Play, but not an X1. I would imagine that many of you are the same. Will we get it included, or do we get penalized for having TiVo? I wouldn't be excited if I had to pay. (Well, maybe if I get to watch Players with Ice-T and Freaks & Geeks. Then I might binge through a free trial, and run the clock out with Chuck and the A-Team.)
     
  2. compnurd

    compnurd Well-Known Member

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    Until TiVo changes operating systems I would not expect any new major app
     
  3. cwoody222

    cwoody222 Well-Known Member

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    Do you not think Roku will get it?

    If not, why don’t you feel penalized there, too?
     
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  4. trip1eX

    trip1eX imo, afaik, feels like to me, *exceptions, ~aprox

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  5. MScottC

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    I looked up the free flex box... The Comcast website said the Flex box was only available to those who did not have TV service, but internet only. I'd like to hear that I'm wrong.
     
  6. trip1eX

    trip1eX imo, afaik, feels like to me, *exceptions, ~aprox

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    you’re right. Fine print on the link says not available to current comcast video customers.
     
  7. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    Won't Roku be getting it?
     
  8. twalsh22

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    You can get a Flex box from the Comcast store for $5.99 per month if you have Comcast internet and TV.

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  9. chiguy50

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    The initial ("early bird") deployment of Peacock that began last month was just for subscribers who are using Comcast's X1 STB's. The official Peacock launch date is scheduled for July 15, at which time ANYONE will be able to access it on one of the supported streaming media devices (such as Roku, which even now supports the Xfinity Stream Beta app), including non-subscribers to Comcast services (it will be available to them as an OTT SVOD app).

    Note that STB rental fees vary by region. Note also that there is no discrete Flex box: The Flex service is designed to utilize the Xi6 4K/HDR STB in the regular Comcast equipment inventory. But, as I mentioned above, Peacock is now available on any of the X1 STB devices.

    And for those TiVo subscribers who have a CableCARD from Comcast, renting any other digital video device from them can result in a $9.95 p.m. "Additional Digital Outlet" fee due to the CableCARD on the same account.
     
  10. trip1eX

    trip1eX imo, afaik, feels like to me, *exceptions, ~aprox

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    Isn't this a discrete flex box?

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  11. chiguy50

    chiguy50 Well-Known Member

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    Nope. That's the Xi6:

    Xfinity Xi6 STB.jpg
     
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  12. lhvetinari

    lhvetinari Si non confectus, non reficiat TCF Club

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    No, like Chiguy said - it's just a standard Xi6 X1 client box, operating in IP only mode. Only difference is that since it's IP only it doesn't require the presence of a "master" XG1 gateway and XB3/6/7 modem to create the network.

    Note that some are getting older Xi5 boxes for Flex, which are functionally the same except they lack 4K output.
     
  13. chiguy50

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    Right, that's due to sporadic low inventory for the Xi6. The concept is to get everyone on the Xi6 (and thus in the Xfinity ecosphere) who might otherwise look to third-party manufacturers for their 4K/HDR streaming content.
     
  14. trip1eX

    trip1eX imo, afaik, feels like to me, *exceptions, ~aprox

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    so the OP i guess is penalized at least until July. ;)
     
  15. squiredogs

    squiredogs TiVo'er since 1999

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    July isn't too bad... I doubt Roku gets it for free either. BTW i only got the Roku after waiting most of 2019 for the TiVo AppleTV app that would've let me use it like a Mini. But it's nice to use the Xfinity Stream on it. My AppleTV definitely won't get Peacock, since it doesn't even do Xfinity Stream, and probably never will.
     
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  16. Noelmel

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    I thought peacock is replacing the nbc app like how hbo now turned into hbo max. So I would think most streaming sticks or devices should get it in July when it launches


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  17. chiguy50

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    Yeah, I see that winking emoji, but "penalized" still isn't the right word. Comcast was originally going to launch Peacock concurrent with the summer Olympics for obvious marketing reasons, and the official launch date (July 15) is what it is. The early (X1) users are privileged (if you want to look at it that way), but anyone who chooses not to join in that group is simply in the general audience awaiting the opening curtain.:cool:
     
  18. trip1eX

    trip1eX imo, afaik, feels like to me, *exceptions, ~aprox

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    Nonsense. WE're having fun and he is being penalized in the sense that if he didn't have Tivo he could very well be watching Peacock right now because he is a Comcast subscriber. It's a play on words. I don't want to speak for the OP but I think we both know how it works.
     
  19. squiredogs

    squiredogs TiVo'er since 1999

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    trip1ex - exactly... it's just the usual Comcast way. Won't be that long anyway.
     
  20. chiguy50

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    Your argument is absurd. OP (and anyone else in Comcast's market area) will have access to Peacock as of the official launch date. There is no penalty for not using Comcast's X1 video devices. Quite the contrary, in fact: Despite OP's choice (and mine as well) to eschew Comcast's equipment in favor of our own third-party receivers, Comcast still provides us with the full gamut of their CATV content. I highly doubt this would have been the case if not for the FCC's CableCARD rules, but nonetheless we enjoy this privilege despite the onus it places on the provider in terms of additional support requirements and loss of rental revenue.

    If anyone in OP's position really cared about having immediate ("early bird") access to Peacock, they could simply pick up an X1 STB from their local Xfinity store. You have the ability to return it at any time and will only be charged a pro rata fee (about $0.17 p.d.) for the rental.

    Besides all this, I don't see much to rave about in the Peacock app at present. It may well develop into a competitive streaming service over time, but I don't think it will offer me anything of interest (YMMV) and I certainly have no intention of routinely utilizing any programming source that contains unskippable ads. I would rank it just below Apple TV+, which is a complete waste of time for me; I have been getting it for free since purchasing an iPhone back in October and have yet to find anything worth watching.
     
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