Tivo after cable card

Discussion in 'HD Comcast TiVo DVR (Archive)' started by mike246, Mar 15, 2021.

  1. mike246

    mike246 New Member

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    What are Tivo's plans if / when Comcast stops supporting new cable cards. I just upgraded my service and had to a) rent an Xfinity box at $5 / mo and b) go through a rigmarole to keep my cable card.
     
  2. NorthAlabama

    NorthAlabama tabasco rules

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    it's been reported that comcast will support cablecards through 2031, but it doesn't mean the support will be at the current level of service - they've already introduced channels as iptv only, and even converted a few.

    in our market, there's no hassle with cablecards, i just renewed my service, and the rep verified the 2031 support commitment.

    but, with all things comcast, anything has the option to change with 30 days notice...
     
  3. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

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    My Spectrum could say that and I would ask: when did you start supporting them? Don’t mind me, just bitter about 10 years of poor TA support before I cut cable 15 months ago. :)
     
  4. NorthAlabama

    NorthAlabama tabasco rules

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    yeah, if comcast used ta's, i'd probably be with wow, dtv, att, or google.
     
  5. mdavej

    mdavej Well-Known Member

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    I managed to get a copy of TiVo’s post cable card plans. Posting it below in its entirety:




















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  6. Mary mcdowell

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    I,m overly interested
     
  7. NashGuy

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    Notwithstanding whatever a rep told you, I don't think either Comcast or TiVo publicly stated anything about Comcast supporting CableCARD through 2031. That seems to be a wishful interpretation of Comcast's renewed patent licensing agreement with TiVo, which was struck last Nov. and will extend through 2031. This agreement allows Comcast to include various features in their X1 STBs. For a few years prior to that, Comcast was no longer licensing TiVo patents and TiVo was suing them. So they've made up now.

    Comcast and TiVo end their lengthy patent battle

    Comcast (along with Verizon FiOS) seems to be particularly CableCARD-friendly. My guess is that, as long as Comcast continues to offer QAM-based TV service that's compatible with CableCARD, and as long as they still have working CableCARD devices in stock, they'll continue to offer them to customers who want them. But there's no reason to think those conditions will be true until 2031.
     
  8. NorthAlabama

    NorthAlabama tabasco rules

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    unless you have insider information that says differently, my understanding, and comcast's current position, is just as valid as your suppositions - please, pick another 5-month old post to counter, i have no interest in your guesses on the matter.
     
  9. bareyb

    bareyb Under Maintenance TCF Club

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    I'm rolling the dice with Comcast and just picked up a lifetimed Bolt on Amazon. Got a new 4k TV and decided it was time for a newer box. For what it's worth, the people at the Xfinity store were friendly and gave me a Cable Card no problem. They did however only have two of them on hand... Still seems like TiVo and Comcast are still rolling along.

    I can't imagine they'll dump TiVo any time soon. Why piss off your subscribers like that? The ONLY reason I left DirecTV was becuase Comcast supported TiVo. If I'm forced to leave TiVo I'd likely go to Dish for their DVR rather than suffer through the X1 Box. I've tried it for a couple of days and returned it immediately. There's no substitute for TIVo. They're still the best UI. :)
     
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  10. NashGuy

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    LOL, OK. But what you were told by a front-line CSR isn't "Comcast's position" (just as it obviously wasn't Comcast's official position when other CSRs in the past have told other customers that they no longer offered CableCARDs). I'm guessing you ran that 2031 line by the CSR and he/she told you what you wanted to hear by agreeing with you. Those people don't have any insider corporate information.

    If there is a deal in place between Comcast and TiVo to support CableCARD until 2031 they mysteriously, for some reason, want it to remain secret rather than publicly announce it in a press release, which would very much be in TiVo's interest to do. Anyhow, believe what you want, I'm just pointing out for the benefit of anyone else reading this that you're probably repeating misinformation.
     
  11. NorthAlabama

    NorthAlabama tabasco rules

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    all you are doing is guessing, and guesses aren't a meaningful contribution to the thread - so, what's your point? you know how to guess?

    eta: by the way, i know better than to quote a front line account rep. - looking at the date, this would have been shortly following my move, which means i was in touch with a national tech rep. out west, who helped to reinstate my services at my new address.
     
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