Tivo finalizes deal with Comcast

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Hersheytx, Jul 2, 2007.

  1. nhaigh

    nhaigh Member

    Jul 16, 2001


    I'm hoping TiVo.

    I can't bear to use VOD from Comcast because the performance is terrible, sometimes 30-40 seconds to respond to a remote command. If they buffer on TiVo and manage the program from there it will really help with that issue.
  2. LonghornXP2005

    LonghornXP2005 New Member

    Feb 18, 2005
    Okay I think a few things might be a little confusing so I'll try and clear those up. First On Demand playback is something I couldn't test but I have been told that the response has been greatly improved when pausing, FF and RW an On Demand program. This speed improvement will also be coming to the iguide software soon as well. I don't know yet if On Demand fast forward for example can go much faster but I am asking.

    Now onto the TivoToGo and multiroom viewing confusion. First Comcast is planning to rollout onto their Motorola boxes the Follow Me TV software platform later this year. This doesn't have anything to do with Tivo but it does help the Tivo software too. I've been told that the Follow Me TV software will be rolled out "only" into markets that have been upgraded with OCAP as the software requires OCAP to run. I've been told that Comcast had Tivo write more code to allow GUI based access to those multiroom viewing features. So the Follow Me TV software will be more a firmware update with new GUI screens created by both iguide and Tivo to fully take advantage of those features. So Tivo isn't doing anything whatsoever with regards to multiroom viewing "except" for creating the GUI layer to interact with the Follow Me TV software.

    Beyond that Comcast DVR customers (both iguide and Tivo DVR customers) will get a special software program that will be created by Comcast that will allow the Tivo ToGo features to be used with their DVR boxes. This software download once installed will require a login via your comcast primary user account. This is done so that only accounts that have the hardware and software in place to support the software will be able to use the software. If you sign in with an account that isn't supported yet you will be told your area at this time doesn't support this software. It won't be word for word but you get the drift.

    So again most of these features will be different than TivoToGo for example but when all is said and done it for the most part will offer all the same features.

    But I can assure you no matter what you may have heard or read that in markets that have been upgraded with OCAP you "will" be seeing multiroom viewing sometime this year. Because most of New England is OCAP ready that is why most of New England will get multiroom viewing first.

    DCIFRTHS Active Member

    Jan 6, 2000
    New York
    They're too busy drooling all over the iPhone.

    DCIFRTHS Active Member

    Jan 6, 2000
    New York
    No problem! Thanks for all the information you have given us :)
  5. Adam1115

    Adam1115 Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Dec 15, 2003
    Denver ish


    So since you are talking about ocap, is it safe to assume there WILL be a cablecard version of the comcast tivo?
  6. funeral

    funeral New Member

    Nov 9, 2003
    Chicago Burbs
    In my market (Northern Chicago suburbs) you can get HD and a DVR with basic. I wanted to try out the Comcast DVR before dropping DTV. I got Comcast service just for HD last December. I had basic service with HD and a DVR. I think it was like $15 for basic and another $12 for the DVR. I also was able to talk the CSR into giving me an introductory offer on my existing internet service to offset install and some of the added cost of two TV services while I made a decision on whether I wanted D or Comcast.
  7. LonghornXP2005

    LonghornXP2005 New Member

    Feb 18, 2005
    I've been told that for customers who buy a Moto box in the future that if they order Tivo service for that box from Comcast the customer will get the Tivo software. This will work in all markets that have rolled out Tivo software regardless of OCAP. A market must be fully OCAP ready for the multiroom viewing features but not for the current upcoming Tivo product as it was use a software layer to handle many of the OCAP functions. Now that doesn't mean that most if not all markets aren't being worked on as we speak to fully support OCAP.
  8. treyj

    treyj Member

    May 13, 2002
    Atlanta, GA
    Anybody have any indications (or even theories) if this update will "activate" some form of external storage expansion support? I'm always worried to record HD content since I so easily overflow my puny 120GB drive. I would love to be able to buy an external 500GB SATA drive for under $100 and connect it on the back.
  9. bob61

    bob61 Member

    Apr 22, 2002
    Well, um, that's why I said "slow" the sales of S3, if everyone had access to Comcast then S3 would be dead. My guess though is many folks who go with S3 have some sort of cable to get a HD signal. Comcast is one of the biggest cable providers (and still growing), therefore the market for S3 is really going to be substantially reduced (from a rather small share that it had previously).
  10. ejasons

    ejasons New Member

    Feb 28, 2001
    Actually, there is a real opportunity here, even with Comcast.

    My girlfriend has some sort of base-digital hybrid package with Comcast. For ~$30/month, she gets digital cable with OnDemand and HBO, but none of the expanded channels (such as ESPN, Comedy Central, etc.). She just upgraded to the HDTV package (new STB) for another $5/month, which gets her the broadcast channels, as well as DiscoveryHD (and such) and HBOHD.

    She would love to get a DVR, but Comcast won't provide a DVR unless you are on a full-digital package. The equivalent package for this would be $70/month, plus another $10 for the DVR -- or another $45/month!

    Given this, the TiVo Series 3 would be very competitive -- except that Comcast also won't rent CableCards without the expanded package, and the TiVo won't do QAM remapping (all of the broadcast HD channels are unencrypted QAM).

  11. TonyD79

    TonyD79 Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    Columbia, MD
    Unfortunately for me, I live in a Comcast area that uses the SA8300 rather than any Moto box. Anybody know of any plans to roll the Tivo software out to the SA8300 or other Scientific Atlanta boxes? Otherwise, I will have to hope for Comcast to replace their whole infrastructure in my county.
  12. markjrenna

    markjrenna Active Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    New Jersey
    I was told they are working on it.

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