Xfinity VOD app

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by TiVo_Ted, May 22, 2019.

  1. May 23, 2019 #21 of 694
    pdhenry

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    Please make the eventual replacement app available on the legacy UI, not just TiVo Experience 4.
     
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  2. May 23, 2019 #22 of 694
    PSU_Sudzi

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    This would be my hope too but it’s been indicated by TiVo Ted that the old UI is essentially dead to updates non critical.
     
  3. May 23, 2019 #23 of 694
    DeltaOne

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    Much of OnDemand today has ads that can't be skipped. In my experience, sometimes fast forward works, sometimes it doesn't.

    Don't be mad a TiVo...surely this is taking place because of Comcast...not TiVo.
     
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  4. May 23, 2019 #24 of 694
    rfryar

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    So what recourse do we have for things like HBO on demand? Xfinity refuses to allow the HBO Go to authenticate on the Tivo, so while I do not care much about the core Comcast VOD features, it is the only way for me to easily watch HBO On Demand. Anyone have any other ideas? I suppose I will need to dust off Play On and live with 720p resolution.
     
  5. May 23, 2019 #25 of 694
    krkaufman

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    Message received on my Mini whose host DVR has a Comcast CableCARD:

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  6. May 23, 2019 #26 of 694
    WVZR1

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    If the Xfinity 'stream' BETA option is used on ROKU, VOD I believe should still work. I used it BUT I couldn't get HD versions until I paid the HD FEE on my billing. If you're invoiced for HD Service & have a ROKU it might be an interesting time to actually try it. I've moved to L3TV (now T-Vision) but I do miss having the TiVo functionality (always available if Internet is down). I've had L3TV for nearly one year and I'm quite pleased. I've a Roamio and a couple Mini that I either need to put back to work or sell.

    I've wanted to ask if anyone with a ROKU has had success using Xfinity ROKU.

    I actually don't believe I tried the VOD using the Stream BETA - it's been nearly a year!
     
  7. May 23, 2019 #27 of 694
    TostitoBandito

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    Yeah this is why I posted about that earlier in this thread. Right now your only option is to use HBO Go on another device, like a game console, Fire Stick, Roku, etc... It's completely ridiculous that for whatever reason Comcast and Tivo can't sort this out and are hosing a large portion of their customers as a result.
     
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  8. May 23, 2019 #28 of 694
    sbachman

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    I complained to Comcast and to the Michigan Public Service Commission today. We'll see if anything comes of it, but I'm not holding my breath...
    It seems to me that if Comcast is going to essentially take away VoD from Tivo CableCARD users, then they should provide a monthly credit for the value of that bundled service, until a replacement app is delivered.
     
  9. May 23, 2019 #29 of 694
    NashGuy

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    My advice would be to spend $30 on a Roku Express (or $40 on Roku Premiere if you need 4K HDR; or $49 if you want one with a voice remote). Not only does Xfinity support the HBO Go app on Roku, they also support Roku as a full-fledged stand-in for a Comcast cable box through their Xfinity Stream app for Roku.
     
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  10. May 23, 2019 #30 of 694
    krkaufman

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    Any additional outlet charge, yet, for the Xfinity Roku app? (HD Tech Fee requirement will already be a bump in cost.)
     
  11. May 23, 2019 #31 of 694
    fpccsvb

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    Yeah, honestly, it's kind of lame. If they are unsupported, well, you should have known about it ages ago and addressed it. Also, it's not that unusual for apps to run on unsupported OS versions, and you can pay the company to support it regardless. They should have seen this coming ages ago, and addressed it.
     
  12. May 23, 2019 #32 of 694
    NashGuy

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    I can't tell you for sure what Comcast will do for existing customers who use a Roku as a substitute for a STB, although, AFAIK, they're not charging anything.

    What I can tell you for sure is that for new TV customers who sign up online, Comcast gives the option to not rent any STBs at all from them and instead acknowledge that you will exclusively use the Xfinity Stream app on your own devices. There's no additional charge for using that app. If you wish to rent STBs, the cost is $5 per box per month.
     
  13. May 23, 2019 #33 of 694
    morac

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    As I posted earlier, my current "double play" contract includes HD without the HD fee and I tried the Xfinity 'stream' BETA Roku app yesterday to play On Demand and it worked fine. That's fine for people who a) have a Roku and b) have HD service. Otherwise people will have to use the Xfinity Stream web site or tablet/phone.

    Basically there are a few options:
    1. Use Roku or Samsung TV Xfinity beta app - This allows full access to the VOD library on a TV. Free while in Beta, but eventually will cost money. Restricted to SD unless you pay for or get HD service.
    2. https://www.xfinity.com/stream/ - Comcast's Stream web site which includes VOD content.
    3. Table/phone version of Xfinity Stream app.
    4. Network app on another device.
     
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  14. May 23, 2019 #34 of 694
    Robin

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    I don't use VOD so I don't care about the change.

    BUT has anyone had any luck getting a discount from Comcast over the dropped service?
     
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  15. May 23, 2019 #35 of 694
    Diana Collins

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    The explanation is in Ted's original post:
    As I recall, HME apps ran on a PC and the TiVo attached to them for display, but the 'app' ran on the PC - not an easily scalable architecture. HME has long since been discontinued by TiVo (last update was over 10 years ago), and since Comcast has embraced IP delivery it is much simpler to just write an Xfinity app for the TiVo itself. Maintenance of this solution was no doubt costly (HME apps tended to be fragile) and, combined with the difficulty of porting to a more modern OS, likely lead to this decision.
     
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  16. May 23, 2019 #36 of 694
    Dan203

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    I'm betting it does. The way they do it now, using QAM, is a waste of resources. I wouldn't be surprised if they switched all VOD to IP, not just for TiVo but for all of their leased boxes as well.
     
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  17. May 23, 2019 #37 of 694
    Dan203

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    Could you guys also try working with Charter/Spectrum to bring a VOD app? I would love to access the VOD content they have available in my area, but using their box to do it is a PITA so I never actually do. If it were an app on my TiVo I'd use it a lot more often.
     
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  18. May 23, 2019 #38 of 694
    chiguy50

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    I was going to post a similar comment regarding the alternatives, but you covered the bases better than I could have done.:)

    Also, one useful feature of the XoD app beyond accessing shows that you may have failed to record and that are not currently (re)airing, is that you can sometimes find additional features not available via the cable channel. For instance, several HBO series, including Barry and Insecure, routinely add a short featurette at the end of the VOD selection with commentary or background material about the episode.
     
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  19. May 23, 2019 #39 of 694
    krkaufman

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    That reminds me, I need to finish watching all the behind the scenes videos from this season’s Thrones ... before I lose access through XOD4TiVo.
     
  20. May 23, 2019 #40 of 694
    giomania

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    Do all these options that (I assume) use the Internet count against the data cap?

    Thanks.

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