TiVo Premiere to add Xfinity on Demand

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  1. May 17, 2011 #61 of 453
    ZeoTiVo

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    did not TiVo and Comcast already f up the down load software into Comcast hardware deal?
     
  2. Aug 5, 2011 #62 of 453
    hybucket

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    Also in Boston, where they rolled out the TiVO-on-the-Comcast-Box software a couple of years ago. That was a bust. I have a friend who has it, and it's a disaster and I can't imagine why he keeps it on his Motorola box.
    IT's been 3 months since the announcement of On Demand on the Premiere. I have a TiVO HD and would upgrade if this ever came to be, and actually worked. But no further announcements have been made. I don't understand why either company would announce these "upgrades," and then take forever to implement them. Why can't they just do like Apple does, and when it's ready to roll, do an announcement. Just askin' and wonderin'.....
     
  3. Aug 5, 2011 #63 of 453
    aadam101

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    What makes the Boston Tivo such a disaster? I like it. It doesn't have all the features of a real Tivo but it does have On Demand.

    Tivo is not Apple. Tivo must show stock holders that they are doing something.....even if that something never happens or takes forever. The people running the company are a bunch of dummies.
     
  4. Aug 5, 2011 #64 of 453
    hybucket

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    Again, I'm not speaking from personal experience, as I have a TiVO HD. However, my friend tells me that the TiVO features work only intermittently, the unit does not do well with Season Passes, reboots every couple of days, sometimes more, and Comcast tells him it's because of the TiVO interface.
    Also, the guide it uses is not the TiVO guide. If I was stuck using a Moto box (which I have on the Cape and it is a piece of...you know...), I would have the TiVO downloaded to it (altho I'm not sure they are still doing that, and I'm not there often enough to play with it).
     
  5. Aug 15, 2011 #65 of 453
    adrien23

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    I have Time Warner Cable. Will Xfinity on Demand be available only to Comcast customers or will it be rolled out to other cable customers?

    In reading the articles, it wasn't entirely clear if this would be a Comcast-customers only deal or be available eventually to everyone. I would hope because it's now called Xfinity on Demand (not Comcast on Demand anymore), it could be a universal On Demand feature for all TiVo Premiere users.
     
  6. Aug 15, 2011 #66 of 453
    jrtroo

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    Did you read the press release? Comcast now simply brands their cable service as xfinity. It would be cool if they had other deals, but there are none mentioned in the PR.

    Due to TWC practices of disparaging any non-twc device, I would expect them to be the last company to add this to work with TiVo unless forced to.
     
  7. Aug 25, 2011 #67 of 453
    gtrogue

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    As mentioned before Xfinity is just a new name for Comcast's service. Only the name changed, nothing else.

    This is an infrastructure change for Comcast. This isn't a streaming internet service like Netflix it is simple a way to authenticate & authorize the content so it can be viewed on the Tivo.

    Current VOD using a cable providers' STB uses two way communication over the coax to authenticate On Demand purchases (free or pay).
    The new system that Comcast will use will authenticate over the network (internet) but still deliver the show the normal way over the coax.

    Time Warner would have to make the same changes to support VOD.
     
  8. Sep 9, 2011 #68 of 453
    Risuli

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    Any update on Xfinity on Tivo, like is anyone getting this yet? Or is this gonna be like Comcast announcing Tivo UI on their boxes and then never really implementing it other than one small test area?
     
  9. Sep 9, 2011 #69 of 453
    Endymion_

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    If you poke around comcast's site a bit you can find a well-hidden mention of the TiVo Premiere, sorry I've no link handy but I have seen it linked on this forum previously. (Long-time lurker, just made my account.)

    Anyway, from the wording of that very brief comcast FAQ article, it would appear that what is happening is that Comcast will simply be providing a TiVo Premiere in lieu of their standard cable boxes. If this is the case, then it would seem that no TiVo Premiere owner, that is, a person who has purchased a TiVo Premiere already, will have access to Comcast/XFinity VOD.

    I'll look around to see if I can dig up the url, but once I spotted it, I went ahead and ordered a second Premiere because I did not want to wait any longer only to have to lease another comcast box. Would love to be proven wrong about this, btw.
     
  10. Sep 9, 2011 #70 of 453
    hybucket

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    The original posting on the TiVO blog was back in May. From the way I read it (apparently, I am not permitted to post URLs), it is unclear whether On Demand would suddenly appear on TiVO Premiere boxes already in use, or whether Comcast would have to come to your house (more $ for Comcast, of course) and install it. But there has been, to my knowledge, no further talk on this. I'm inclined to think it will go the way of the TiVO software on the Comcast DVR, a bigger egg than could ever be laid. If anyone has further info that is different, I'll be glad to apologize for my negativity.
     
  11. Sep 9, 2011 #71 of 453
    generaltso

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    Well then, you're in luck. The press release is pretty clear that they're planning to provide Xfinity On Demand for TiVo Premiere boxes bought at retail. In fact, it even states that in the title of the press release.

    From the press release:
    "they have entered into an agreement to enable access to Comcast's robust library of Xfinity TV On Demand content on TiVo Premiere set-top boxes sold at retail."
     
  12. Sep 9, 2011 #72 of 453
    ItsRounder

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    So if you already have Comcast and a Premiere you're out of luck?
     
  13. Sep 9, 2011 #73 of 453
    generaltso

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    Why would you think that? You already have a Premiere that was "sold at retail".
     
  14. Sep 9, 2011 #74 of 453
    hybucket

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    WOuld love to go "Wow, thanks!;" However, the PR I found on the TiVO sight says, "Comcast will install TiVo Premiere set-top boxes with its cable service at no additional charge for its customers when the service is available in those markets." Altho I did miss the "no additional charge" part, that quote seems to indicate that the service will not be available on existing boxes. And the title of the PR I quote from says, "TiVo and Comcast Team Up to Offer Xfinity On Demand Library to TiVo® Premiere Users," which is, at the least, vague. In any case, I would get a Premiere in a minute if it 1) becomes available in my market (Boston), and 2) if it works better than the TiVO software on the Comcast DVR.
     
  15. Sep 9, 2011 #75 of 453
    hummingbird_206

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    Wow, access to Comcast/Xfinity On Demand would be great! The more I read the more I want this new box.
     
  16. Sep 9, 2011 #76 of 453
    hybucket

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    Obviously, we were looking at two different PRs - the one I saw on the TiVO site did not have the "sold at retail" line in it, period. That is the one I based my posting on.
    However, going further down the page was this posting...I apologize.

    Maureen Zeljak, TiVo says:
    May 9, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Hi All, We are glad to see the excitement and anticipation for the feature! Looks like there are a few questions regarding the announcement, and I would like to help clarify.

    The availability of Xfinity On Demand is for retail TiVo Premiere units, including units you may already own. Consumers would not obtain TiVo Premiere from Comcast.

    Comcast and TiVo will announce more on timing and market availability as we get closer to availability.
     
  17. Sep 9, 2011 #77 of 453
    generaltso

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    I think it's two different things, both of which are in the same press release. The first thing is that Comcast will offer On Demand to the TiVo Premiere platform. The second thing is that (once On Demand is available) Comcast will rent a TiVo Premiere box to customers if desired. My take is that it doesn't matter if you own the Premiere or rent one from Comcast. The hardware will be the same.
     
  18. Sep 9, 2011 #78 of 453
    generaltso

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  19. Sep 9, 2011 #79 of 453
    aadam101

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    They already did that and it failed. They released a Motorola DVR with Tivo software in one test market. My mom has one. It's a Tivo with OnDemand but no networking features whatsoever.

    Personally, I'd rather have Netflix than OnDemand.
     
  20. Sep 9, 2011 #80 of 453
    Beryl

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    That is a very good move for both companies. I hope it becomes available on existing Premiere boxes and we are not force to once again upgrade.
     

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