Xfinity and cablecards

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by dbperkins, Sep 16, 2019.

  1. schatham

    schatham Well-Known Member

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    You can also use voice remote and say FF, RW etc any time wanted, ie, 3 minutes, 30 minutes etc.

    The 30 second skip is slow compared to Tivo.
     
  2. seaninde

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    The problem with the X1 system is they severely compress all their signals. The DVR is not on a hard drive but web based. The picture quality is terrible. Lucky for Comcast most people have no idea what a good picture actually looks like. I have seen comcasts X1 picture and it was horrible and people were like, wow that looks so good.
     
  3. dbperkins

    dbperkins Member

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    Sometimes it is give and take. I had NO CHOICE but to switch to Comcast. I hated Spectrum when I was on it!(they had done some shady things that I won't get in to right now). I do not want to move so it is Comcast for me. Where I am at I can not receive over the air signals except for PBS. I do stream some things from Netflix and Prime. But the X1 dvr works for me.
     
  4. KevTech

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  5. gmichal

    gmichal New Member

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    Just moved into a new home outside of Houston, TX and learned that the Comcast cable line was finally installed (2 months without the Internet). To my surprise, they told me at the Xfinity store last night that they are no longer supporting cablecards as of January 7, 2020; forcing you to use their equipment. Has anyone else found that to be the case? Is there some type of work-around?
     
  6. cepheid

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    I'm inside the Houston city limits and have had a working cablecard from Comcast in my TiVo for many years (>10). Still works.
     
  7. seaninde

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    Just call 800 number and order kit and they will ship it to you.
     
  8. kpeters59

    kpeters59 Well-Known Member

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    I just converted someone in Bellaire off of AT&T uVerse to Comcast TV and have a CableCard queued up to install in a TiVo right now.

    -KP
     
  9. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Well-Known Member

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    They're lying to you. Comcast is still legally required by the FCC regulations to provide you with a CableCARD upon request. File an FCC complaint about it and someone from Comcast will contact you and get one to you.

    FCC Complaints
     
  10. cwerdna

    cwerdna Proud Tivolutionary

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    I'm still using my CableCARD w/my Tivo Bolt+ on Comcrap but I'm not in TX.
     
  11. WVZR1

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    I'm familiar with Comcast/Xfinity & CableCARD. I ain't in Texas either - Who/What is Comcrap?
     
  12. cwerdna

    cwerdna Proud Tivolutionary

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    It's my nickname for Comcast/Xfinity.
     
  13. eclay

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    Latest Comcast trick. I'm in San Jose, California, with a Comcast cablecard in my TIVO. Comcast just notified me that 'international' channels are switching to IPTV format. I have one: TV Japan. But my cablecard will still keep working for all other channels. When I tried ordering this new Non DVR X1 box I was told I HAVE to have my internet service through Comcast for this new IPTV service to work (I have internet service through ATT Uverse). So to get one silly IPTV channel I have to drop my internet service provider and switch to Comcast internet! Are you kidding me? I said no and canceled Japan TV. Anybody else get hit with this nonsense?
     
  14. Davelnlr_

    Davelnlr_ N5GGG

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    The TV Japan feed on Galaxy 13 is encrypted as well, so there appears to be no alternative to get it, other than to switch to Xfinity cable or DirecTv.
     
  15. kpeters59

    kpeters59 Well-Known Member

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    Could you stream it with Xfinity Stream and a Roku?

    -KP
     
  16. keenanSR

    keenanSR Well-Known Member

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    It looks like Japan TV has a streaming channel and app, have you looked into that possibility?
     
  17. eclay

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    Sadly, their web page announces the app is dead.

    TV JAPAN Mobile App will not work on your devices any more7/29(Mon)

    We regret to inform, the TV JAPAN Mobile App will not work on your devices any more.
    We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
    Please continue to visit TV JAPAN website (tvjapan.net) on your mobile devices.
    Thank you for your continued support.

    You can see a list of channels that that TV Japan broadcasts on in various XFINITY markets. Our channel is 330:

    Notice to TV JAPAN Subscribers using Legacy receiver through Comcast XFINITY1/28(Tue)

    Equipment Update Notice has been sent out to TV JAPAN subscribers using Legacy receiver from Comcast XFINITY. TV JAPAN channel on Legacy receiver is listed below. If you watch TV JAPAN on these channels and receive the notice, you need to update the receiver in order to continue TV JAPAN subscription. Please visit xfinity.com/equipmentupdate and complete the procedure by February 24, 2020 to avoid any impact to your subscription.

    TV JAPAN Channel # Legacy Receiver

    190 VT

    245 WA

    330 CA

    584 TX

    674 DC/DE /IL/IN/MD/MI/MS/NC /PA /VA

    693 OR/Vancouver, WA

    They must get asked about streaming service a lot. Their web page specifically says they don't support it:

    Watch on TV
    TV JAPAN is a 24 hour premium Japanese language channel available in the United States and Canada.

    In order to watch TV JAPAN, it is necessary to have a TV service from your local service provider. There are three different types of service: Cable TV, IPTV, and Satellite TV.

    In the US...Available on Cable TV, IPTV and Satellite TV ((We do not offer internet streaming service.))
    In Canada...Available on Cable TV and IPTV
    855 MA/NH 

    955 ME

    963 CO

    https://tvjapan.net/en/watching/#how_to_watch
     
  18. keenanSR

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    That's too bad and TV Japan can't be too happy about Comcast's decision to move their content to IP delivery as it will shrink the number of viewers the channel has.
     
  19. Bruce24

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    Did you try what kpeters59 suggested and install the Xfinity stream app on a phone or tablet to see if you can get the channel that way? Note there are also versions of the Xfinity app for Roku and FireTV although they are still works in progress.
     
  20. eclay

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    I do have the Xfinity app for Roku ( I LOVE my Roku, I upgraded to a Roku Ultra when I bought a new Samsung 4K TV for Christmas). To say the Xfinity Roku app is a work in progress is being very kind to it! But yes, let's just say it works. I did ask this question on the Xfinity forum message board and a retired Comcast employee confirmed this. The new Xfinity X1 set top boxes do require a 'double play'. You HAVE to have both Comcast TV and Comcast internet service. Japan TV (and all the other international channel providers I'm pretty sure are NOT happy about this forced change.)

    Okay, so I'm being forced into a Comcast double play of TV+Internet to use the new X1 set top boxes. Now my second problem comes up. I am a (very) long time Tivo cablecard customer of Comcast. And my cablecard works just fine. But on Feb. 25th my TV Japan channel goes away because it will be moved to IPTV format and so far as I know Comcast is not going to make an IPTV enabled cablecard (Anyone feel free to correct me on that). So now I have to research if it is possible to use the new X1 set top boxes with Tivo. I hope so. I love the Tivo interface. I would hate to have to throw out my trusty Tivo and switch to the Comcast X1 DVR box.

    The retired Comcast employee's answer is below confirming that a Comcast 'double play' is now needed if I want TV Japan:

    CCAndrew

    Diamond Problem Solver
    ‎02-06-2020 01:52 PM

    Re: TV Japan requires upgrade to X1 box but is "Comcast" internet required too?
    Yes it’s true. It’s all account related, the X1 box doesn’t quite use your personal internet/modem , but there are functions of the box that uses the internet and that data has to be accounted for. Basically, you need a double play to get an X1 box. Others in the distant past have dropped the internet afterwards and kept the X1 box, I can’t say if you could do that today and as always YMMV
     

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