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Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by caddyroger, Oct 3, 2012.
You're way to close "to the edge" - you might want to take a few steps back!
No Atlanta area either. I was hoping for this for my Tivo Premieres, but based on reading here about all the issues in getting this to fully work properly, I'm no longer anticipating it or worried about getting it. If it comes, great. If not, no biggie either.
I say this cause in the several months that have passed since its been rolled out to more cities (but not in Atlanta), I have learned how to easily obtain just about ANY worthy OnDemand material (TV and movies) via other methods and then use pyTivo to transfer it to my Premieres. Works great and I suspect 10 times better than the Xfinity for TiVo service.
Still shut out in Houston as well.
No, I think i will jump! LOL
I have two TiVo HDs and they work ok but TiVo keeps sending me offers to upgrade to a Premiere 500GB for $499 and the only reason I can think of is to get the on demand. I did see something about an on demand show being available for 48 hours or something like that. So I know you need to have a tuner free to use it but is the show indeed stored on the TiVo for a time? Once it's on one TiVo, can other TiVos see it on the network? Can you fast forward?
Right now when one of the TiVos misses a show (dear god I wish it would tell you when a season pass has a new conflict and is not going to be recorded) I go to the xfinity online on demand or the broadcasters site to see the missed show. This sucks for a number of reasons. The quality is normally really bad and you are often forced to watch a single commercial over and over again, other times it just wont play the show.
You are confused between streaming, downloading, and ComCast on demand. On demand is not downloaded, it is more similar to the user to streaming, though it uses one of the tivo tuners instead of the internet. Amazon allows downloading through a rental or a purchase. Rentals expire after they are started, normally 24 hours after it is initially viewed.
Also, the "to do" list does show conflicts (as does the new season pass manager). You may want to review how your season passes are prioritized. Network shows/one time showings at the top, repeating programs afterwards.
I know what streaming and downloading are. You can’t have streaming without some downloading.
Some had also described it as tuning to a channel and you’re just telling Comcast what to show on that channel. I thought maybe you would be able to then record it.
So, that means no fast forwarding and multiple/lots commercials. Can you rewind if you missed something? If you do, do you have to watch the commercials again?
I guess I don’t have the new season pass manager. How is that info shown in the manager? Checking the “to do” every day on multiple TiVos to see if something is not going to be recorded (tons of stuff will not be) and why is not really an option. The prioritizing could lessen the loss but would take forever and you’re still left with shows that are randomly not going to be recorded. I do put the stuff I don’t care too much about at the bottom and that is a pain too. Every time you add a new show and there are no conflicts they are added at the bottom. Then you have to remember to go in and move the troublemaking passes to the bottom again and it’s not a fast process. You add a show to the season pass because you want to watch it not to get your gambling fix. If you are only recording 5 or 6 shows on a few channels this is not big deal but if you have two or three TiVos and hundreds of random season passes it’s a nightmare. I’ve had a TiVo since the year it came out and this has always been a problem. I couple times a year it just stops recording a show and you don’t notice for a few weeks and your just wondering what happened to that one show. It would be easy for them to add an optional popup that would show you when new conflicts to exciting season passes occur. They could just keep a table of the season passes and show a total number of conflicts when the number increases give you a popup to check out the season pass manager. If that is too much for them then just set a flag for each season pass. It starts out reset and when the show is not going to be recorded because of a conflict it gets set. You get a popup and you have to reset it. If it’s a show you don’t care about or this happens all the time, don’t reset it. If it’s a show you want, reset the flag and move the season passes around.
You can fast forward and rewind most programs with On Demand, though some providers specifically block fast forwarding, namely FOX and NBC. No provider blocks rewind.
Thanks for the info. How do the commercials come into play? Same as a normal broadcast or are they the same one over and over and are you forced to watch them? Do you have to watch them again if you rewind or pause and so on?
For broadcast shows, it's usually exactly what aired, including commercials. Cable channels vary with some throwing in self-promos. Lately I've been watching HBO On Demand which had no commercials and allows FF.
I have the app when I go to view any programs that are listed I get a CL-13 error. I've called cc several times they paired it he cable card, did reboots and waited but still no luck....
Should I get a new card from Comcast next? or just wait?
I'm in Michigan. After initially getting an error, went back in and it works. Scrolling through the menu is slow, but I can live with it.
for me i happened to look in the settings one day and xfinity was there so i selected it. And it just worked. No issues. Then a couple weeks later tivo sent me an email that it was in my area.
A couple times I've watched shows that my tivo has missed via on demand.
Most recently it was a show from CBS (I forget which one)- the "commercials" were all promos for CBS shows or a red cross plea for sandy money. I actually mentioned to my wife that I was shocked that's all there was and how I found it a good use of the 'commercial space' left with on demand. We actually watched way more of the 'commercials' than normal as the promos were often funny so we didn't just skip them.
Like others I have been having the issue of OnDemand freezing a couple of seconds into playback. I started by calling the main Comcast number and was told several times that my package (BlastPlus! which has the Digital Economy TV package) does not include Xfinity OnDemand, but does include StreamPix (I am still at a lost as to what the difference is between the two).
Since I can watch OnDemand content with no problem on my laptop, I was convinced I should also be able to watch it on Tivo. Getting no where with the main support I decided to call the Comcast CableCard activation line (1-877-405-2298) who were much more knowledgable and helpful. Yes, of course I should be able to watch streaming content on the Tivo.
On each call I was asked to verify the CableCard serial number, host ID, and data ID which was always correct. The first person I spoke with sent a refresh signal down to the CableCard and told the problem would be sorted out within an hour. It was not. On the second call, the person was very knowledgable about Tivos and CableCards and said my account was not setup properly. She made some changes (added Tivo Premier to my account, possibly other changes), pushed the new settings and said to wait an hour for them to take effect. I waited 4 hours before trying it out again but still the freeze problem existed. On my third call the technician reviewed the settings, said everything was setup properly, and sent a refresh signal to the cablecard. This time it worked! I suspect the second technician actually fixed the configuration issue but for some reason the changes were not propagated properly through the Comcast system.
Tips to get OnDemand working:
1) Call the Comcast CableCard activation line (1-877-405-2298) and make sure your account is setup properly.
2) After the account is configured properly, it may take an extra refresh signal to be sent a few hours later by Comcast for everything to work properly.
3) Be persistent - not all support people are knowledgable on Tivo and CableCards. If you do not feel like you are speaking to someone knowledgable, escalate to a manager.
Xfinity on Demand Application only functions with the use of a Motorola CableCARD.
Tivo's support page says nothing about that, and I would be surprised if a Cisco/SA card did not work. Any Cablecard should work if it's properly paired and authorized.
It USED to say that, but it was removed at some point in the late fall. Tivodesign twitter has also made a mention of it.
Correct, at least as of quite late last year:
So if I have a SA cable card (through Comcast Garden State in my case) is there any way to get them to swap it out for one from Motorola, or does each company only ave one particular brand?