When Comcast starts with the tivo software, will the S3 be useless?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by nirvanayoda, Jul 29, 2007.

  1. nirvanayoda

    nirvanayoda New Member

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    Hey guys, I just read that Comcast is starting the tivo software in the New England area next month and then within 3 months it will be deployed everywhere that Comcast serves. I just bought a S3 but haven't opened the box yet....will it be useless once Comcast offers the tivo software, or will it still be a better piece of equipment (assuming they ever get the SDV thing straightened out)?
     
  2. Adam1115

    Adam1115 Well-Known Member

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    No, it will not be useless. Comcast's TiVo box has nothing to do with the Series 3.
     
  3. nirvanayoda

    nirvanayoda New Member

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    It does if you have both boxes and only one tv.
     
  4. davecramer74

    davecramer74 New Member

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    its got more storage space than the comcast box. thats the main benifit i see.
     
  5. norbertsf

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    No OTA on Comcast?

    Norbert
     
  6. ajwees41

    ajwees41 Well-Known Member

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    no sdv channels


    no ppv on tivo

    ajwees41
     
  7. cowboys2002

    cowboys2002 Well-Known Member

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    To the OP,

    You essentially ASKED, then ANSWERED your own question!

    Hey guys, I just read that Comcast is starting the tivo software in the New England area next month and then within 3 months it will be deployed everywhere that Comcast serves. I just bought a S3 but haven't opened the box yet....will it be useless once Comcast offers the tivo software, or will it still be a better piece of equipment (assuming they ever get the SDV thing straightened out)?

    Then

    It does if you have both boxes and only one tv.


    If you haven't opened the S3, return it. Many are happy with the S3, while many others have posted how they feel screwed now that the Tivo HD is out for less money.

    Bottom line, Consumer Electronics go down in value rapidly. Enjoy your purchase TODAY. Don't worry about Tommorrow so much.
     
  8. drew00001

    drew00001 New Member

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    Wrong!! You have always been able to order PPV by PHONE for your Tivo.
     
  9. ajwees41

    ajwees41 Well-Known Member

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    No entertainment on demand

    ajwees41
     
  10. Adam1115

    Adam1115 Well-Known Member

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    Why would you get BOTH boxes if you only have one TV and already own a series 3??

    I thought you were asking whether you should keep your S3 or switch to the Comcast TiVo?

    If you are going to get the comcast tivo regardless I don't know why you would keep your s3 with on TV.

    :confused:
     
  11. Adam1115

    Adam1115 Well-Known Member

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    You can usually get a free (not DVR) stb that will give you On-Demand or PPV, if you really need that...
     
  12. hutchca

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    No doubt the TiVo software on the Comcast boxes will be a "Lite" version.

    My guess is they'll be limited to the most basic functions like season pass and time based recording. I'd be surprised if they even had wishlists.
    No chance of swivel search or Unbox and there's probably no way they will have TTG or even basic TiVo desktop Music and Photos.

    No doubt ther'll also be alot more on-screen ads just like the current Comcast boxes.
     
  13. zalusky

    zalusky Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    You can record more stuff simultaneously plus you have more storage. You could also have a his and her machine. lots of reasons.
     
  14. jblake

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    Well, seeing how most of the country has a cable company other than Comcast, no, it won't be useless. Also, I will be very surprised when Motorola or Scientific Atlanta get their hardware to the quality of a Tivo box.
     
  15. ajwees41

    ajwees41 Well-Known Member

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    comcast might do that, but cox doesn't.

    ajwees41
     
  16. seattlewendell

    seattlewendell New Member

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    No doubt? Based on what?
    No universal search.
    Uni search is just a way to sell Amazon.com unbox videos anyway. Comcast wants to sell you their PPV so they are not going to let a competitor on their box.
    Of course it will have wishlist.
    No music and photos because the box will not be able to connect to your PC. At least not without a hack.
    For more information please go back and look at the demos from the 2007 CES.
     
  17. dianebrat

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    I have no interest for the Comcast box
    No networking, no broadband apps on the Comcast w/tivo i.e. photos, weather, etc.
    No expandability like the S3 at this point has been announced.
    No hackability! (that kills it for me)
    No Lifetime service
    No Swivel Search
    No Kidzone
    No Guru Guides

    I have seen the previews of the Comcast Tivo, and it is no Tivo I want.
    The S3, even with the addition of the TivoHD, is still the premier DVR from Tivo

    VOD and PPV? don't care, never used them when I had them
    And FWIW every Comcast customer that gets a digital tier, even if they have cablecards, is entitled to a free Comcast STB (non-DVR) should I ever get a hankering for VOD or PPV.
     
  18. Adam1115

    Adam1115 Well-Known Member

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    Re-read the ops posts and what I replied to, he said he can only hook up one box to his tv.
     
  19. MickeS

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    No, he said he would have 2 boxes and one TV (although I have no idea why he felt he needed to point that out :)).

    That's the same setup I have (two TiVos connected to one TV).

    Lots of good reasons for that.
     
  20. zalusky

    zalusky Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    If true its a minor restriction, you can easily get a video switcher or even manually swap the cables.
     

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