Phasing out dial-up modem service

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  1. Jul 9, 2018 #141 of 251
    HerronScott

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    Not true with Comcast (at least for most of us excluding the conversation where users moved to fiber to the home may be losing access to it). If you have a Premiere or newer with a CableCard, you should be able to get XOD on your TiVo (I browsed the free Cinemax last night).

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  2. Jul 9, 2018 #142 of 251
    HerronScott

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    Can you pull it out and find out which model you have (post the number here if you can't tell)? Why aren't you using it since it would record HD for you and is there a reason to not get Comcast Internet even the cheapest package since you could use it beyond just the TiVo's for Internet access?

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  3. Jul 9, 2018 #143 of 251
    rdrrepair

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    In this case they're not connected to the internet full time and would not be able to use the HD screen of a newer TiVo.

    In this configuration the best, I believe, they can do is a Premiere with the SD menu.
     
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  4. Jul 9, 2018 #144 of 251
    TRLK

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    Our Series 2 and the newer box we're not using both have lifetime subscriptions.

    The last time I talked to Comcast about getting a cable card, the price was way too much to have both a cable box and a cable card. And I'd rather not pay Comcast anymore than we already do.
     
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    TRLK

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    I'll have to find it and I can tell you which model it is.

    We just don't need Comcast internet; we have enough data with our phones that we're able to do everything we need online via tethering without Comcast.
     
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  6. Bigg

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    Then get internet through Comcast. Living on x number of GB of LTE and overpaying for your cell phone service to get those GB is idiotic when you have Comcast internet available. LTE is a method of last resort for internet, it is NOT a replacement for cable, fiber, VDSL, or a decent DSL loop if available.
     
  7. WVZR1

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    Very dependent maybe on the area that you're in but if you had Xfinity/Comcast Internet you could use Xfinity Mobile and likely save money!! I don't use a cell phone for conversation but talk & text are free. I spend most of my time in areas where Xfinity 'WiFi' or 'WIFi' of some sort is available so everything I do is done using WiFi. My Xfinity Mobile bill is less than $5 per month (5 months running) because I use NO DATA. You could have up to 5 phones. I can't rid myself completely from Comcast because I need their voice plan so I can TEXT from a PC and I wouldn't/couldn't get by without their Internet.
     
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  8. TRLK

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    It's not idiotic in our case. It is a considerable savings to not have Comcast internet. We've been doing this for a few years now and it works for us, and saves us money.
     
  9. TRLK

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    I don't know if that's an option in our area, but given our multitude of negative experiences with Comcast, we'd never willingly choose to do more business with them. Regardless, we regularly travel somewhere where AT&T is the only option, so for that reason alone, our mobile plan needs to be AT&T.
     
  10. Phil T

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    FYI, I switched from AT&T wireless to the T-mobile 55+ plan last September. I have unlimited everything for 2 IPhones @$55.00 a month including taxes. Coverage in my area (metro Denver) is the same or better. Also dropped DirecTV for Comcast and Tivo. Getting TV and internet for less then I was paying for DirecTV only.

    Your feelings towards Comcast mirror my feelings towards AT&T. Comcast customer service has been much better. It also could be because I am within walking distance of a Comcast service center and have never had a problem dealing with them. AT&T/DirecTV has been a nightmare for me since the merger.
     
  11. TRLK

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    We had a bad experience with T-Mobile several years back when they were our carrier; all of a sudden, we no longer had service at our house. I called and they said that they had re-positioned the tower, and that they'd put work order in to fix it. Weeks went by, and I kept calling back (landline for the win!), and they kept not fixing it. Every time I'd call, they'd assure me that it would be fixed, and it never was. After several weeks, we switched to AT&T.
     
  12. HerronScott

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    Understood, but in that case you shouldn't look at a newer TiVo with CableCard then. XOD will require Internet service as the Xfinity XOD app on the TiVo communicates with Comcast via Internet and then tunes to the correct XOD channel to receive the show you select. Also as rdrrepair indicates, a lot of the functionality of the newer TiVo's depends on a fulltime Internet connection.

    It's obviously a personal choice there, but for me not being able to record HD would be one of the bigger drivers to move to a newer TiVo. We upgraded from 2 S1's to 2 S3's in 2007 due to the lifetime transfer offer even though we didn't have an HD TV until 2010. :)

    If you had fulltime Internet with your TiVo/CableCard as your primary device (retiring the S2's), you would turn your Comcast cablebox back in and there wouldn't be any additional charge for the TiVo/CableCard ADO (Additional Digital Outlet). In fact you would get a $2.50 credit for using your own equipment in that case (which is how we are configured with 1 Roamio and 1 TiVo Mini upstairs in my son's game room).

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  13. Bigg

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    Not having home internet when it is available is idiotic. I've used AT&T as home internet for up to a week at a time when staying somewhere not served by any wireline broadband services, and it's possible to eke by, but that's all you're doing, eking by.

    If you don't need much speed, get the $50 25/2 package from Comcast and switch to a smaller cell phone plan, then you won't have to be constantly watching GB and using MHS, which is great for travel, but a giant kludge for home use.

    Whereabouts? TX? WV? Then why do you have Comcast TV? Do you have broadband options through anyone else where you could get a streaming TV service?

    The problem is, T-Mobile has a lot less coverage nationwide, and a lot of their rural coverage is crap. You get what you pay for.

    That's a good point. The cost would go down at least $7.50/mo, more if there are multiple boxes involved, plus downgrading the AT&T plan to a lower tier.
     
  14. mahermusic

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    It's not 2011 anymore. I get better nationwide reception on T-Mobile than my brother-in-law on his Verizon, and not to mention that T-Mo's data is faster. I've got 7 lines, all unlimited, and pay $127.50 + tax. My bro-in-law pays more than that for only 2 lines on Verizon.

    I agree.... you DO get what you pay for... just sometimes you get MORE by paying LESS.
     
  15. Bigg

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    T-Mobile has added a lot of coverage, but they have a LONG way to go before they are competitive with the big two. No, they don't have more coverage than Verizon, they have significantly less. The data speeds are very close between Verizon and T-Mobile nationwide, some tests show Verizon ahead, some show T-Mobile ahead, but it depends heavily on the market. I would argue that AT&T is more consistent due to spectrum depth, as Verizon is either crazy fast on small cells, or slow on macros.

    Not the case with T-Mobile.
     
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  16. mahermusic

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    Laughable. It really isn't a competition when T-Mobile provides better coverage for less money.

    Again, a common misconception for someone that hasn't been paying attention since 2011.

    T-Mobile's ahead at last check right now. Maybe Verizon will try and catch up?

    Nothing wrong with staying with Verizon, paying more, and getting less, if you're into wasting money. You should be used to the saying, "You DON'T get what you pay for when Verizon is concerned."
     
  17. Hcour

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    I'm confused. I just got a msg on my Tivo about this discontinuation of "dial-up" service for my Tivo (series 3). I haven't had dial-up in about 12 yrs. I have a Spectrum modem/router. It is connected via ethernet to my Tivo. Are talking about using wireless instead of ethernet?
     
  18. HerronScott

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    Probably just covering their bases and sending that out to all dial-up capable TiVo's. No need to worry about it if you aren't using dial-up with your S3.

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  19. eherberg

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    I get that in your area, you've got adequate T-Mobile coverage. But extending that assumption to other areas to justify the T-Mobile bromance doesn't work. All you can say for sure is in the area you are, it seems to be OK.

    I can tell you that in my area, T-Mobile isn't in option. Everybody in my rural area has Verizon, or they don't have a cell at all. Sprint is completely non-existent. T-Mobile and AT&T claim coverage -- but people in rural areas know that consumer-facing coverage maps and actual coverage maps they present when they want tower permission are 2 different things. With a T-Mobile phone, I can get coverage if I stand in certain areas of my yard (same with AT&T). They seem to have put towers in with less density than when Verizon covered our area years ago. So they can claim wide coverage on a map -- but in reality (in our area), that coverage is only realized if you decide to sell your house and live outside in a tent instead.
     
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  20. mahermusic

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    And it's good that Verizon seems to be working for you in the area you live in. But hearing Verizon fanboys state that T-Mobile "has a LONG way to go to be competitive" is just silly talk from 2011. I've had T-Mo since 2000... and on the Eastern Seaboard to California, have never NOT had service. Texas, Wyoming, Florida, North Dakota... some quite rural places where my brother-in-law (a Verizon user) didn't have service, and I did.

    He's also paying twice as much for his two lines than I am for my seven. That's just silly. And don't get me started on the Verizon congestion.... sometimes we both have coverage, but he just can't use his. I'm also on Unlimited... he's sharing GBs of data...

    There's a LOT of Verizon users that have never even tried T-Mo, that spout worse fake news than our president... It's just silly...and, yes, laughable!

    So, if Verizon is working for you where you're at... that's great! I just hope you're not paying too much. I can surely say that T-Mobile is working for me nationwide. Seven lines, all unlimited w/HD streaming and 14 GB per line of high-speed tethering + a free Napster unRadio account per line for $127.50 + tax. Good stuff.
     

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