Xfinity VOD app

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  1. NashGuy

    NashGuy Well-Known Member

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    The only pay TV services that work with TiVo are those provided by cable operators, like Comcast/Charter/Cox, plus Verizon FiOS. Your TiVo cannot work with satellite TV providers like DISH or DirecTV, nor can it work with AT&T Uverse TV. Since you mentioned AT&T, I'm guessing that you live in a part of the country where the local phone company is AT&T, not Verizon, meaning that Verizon FiOS TV service isn't available to you. If that's the case, then you simply don't have any other option besides Comcast TV where you live IF you want to keep using your TiVo.

    The simplest solution for you would be to buy a $30 Roku Express or a $49 Roku Premiere+ (the extra $19 will get you a faster system, 4K HDR support, and a better quality remote control) and then switch over to the Roku device in order to use the Xfinity Stream app or the HBO Go app on it. I realize that's not as convenient as having your Xfinity OnDemand or HBO Go content available through the TiVo but I am seriously doubtful whether either of those things will become available, at least any time soon. (Xfinity supporting the HBO Go app on TiVo is the more likely scenario but I still wouldn't hold my breath on that.)
     
  2. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Well-Known Mumbler

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    There are certain (small) areas with competitive cable providers. Namely, near me (though unfortunately not in my town), there's RCN, which operates in the same territories as Comcast and Fios, so some people have three QAM providers to choose from.
     
  3. NashGuy

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    Wow. Lucky folks. But those situations are pretty rare looking nationwide. Again, sounds like he lives some place where Comcast and AT&T are the local options (as is the case where I and my family members in two other states live). It's possible that there's a bit of cableco overbuilding in those areas (e.g. both Comcast and Charter or Comcast and Cox serving the same neighborhood) but I've never heard of such.
     
  4. leiff

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    If anyone's in SF Bay Area North Bay I've got a couple extra minis I could get rid of for $25 a pop
     
  5. John Gehrke

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    This is the information I was looking for. Yes, I live in California and in my area the only Cable company I know of is Comcast. Verizion is not available (except cell coverage). The big three providers I know about in my area are Dish, AT&T and Comcast. In searching around it seems there is always something that does not work match up (something does not mesh with something else). I spent a lot of time trying to "thread the needle" and find services that would replace Comcast AND work with Tivo. Looks like that may not be an option. The only other thing to explore besides getting a Roku (I really don't need/want another box) is maybe getting HBO and Showtime through Amazon Prime (which I already have) and adding Hulu for TV shows. Then I could drop Comcast (except internet) and be set. At this point I don't even care if it costs more as long as I can pay Comcast less.

    Thanks to all who offered advice and info.
     
  6. chiguy50

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    I would suggest that you to take another look at NashGuy's excellent advice.

    If I understand correctly, your principal issue at this time is the elimination of Comcast's VOD feature (XoD) on the TiVo. If you are willing to invest as little as $35 to $50 in a Roku streaming stick (as NashGuy suggested), it will grant you access to the Xfinity Stream (XS), which--even in its current beta status--is a vastly improved OD app over XoD. You will also be able to log in to HBO GO and Showtime Anytime on the Roku via your Comcast subscription to HBO and SHO. (N.B.: streaming within the XS does not count toward your Comcast data cap (if any) whereas streaming the same content via stand-alone apps will count against the cap.)

    I would recommend that you at least try out the service via Roku stick before looking at more extreme (and costly) measures. If you are not satisfied, you can always return or resell the Roku or keep it for other streaming purposes at home or on the road.

    FWIW, I myself opted for the Roku Ultra at $59 and am highly satisfied with the experience.
     
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  7. Yuterald

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    You could also get an Amazon Firestick for Xfinity streaming.
     
  8. dishrich

    dishrich Active Member

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    My understanding is the voice remote feature on the Roku's does NOT work on the Xfinity app, as least according to a couple posts I saw elsewhere...
     
  9. schatham

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    Voice does not work with the app
     
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  10. chiguy50

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    Unless you use a sideloading method (which not everyone is comfortable doing for a number of reasons), Xfinity Stream is not available for the Firestick.
     
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  11. humbb

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    Just an FYI: As I was browsing through the Xfinity VOD Stream app yesterday I noticed that there is a free preview of Acorn TV available through this weekend. Started bingeing "Line of Duty". For a quick binge I recommend "Acceptable Risk" (6 eps, I believe) which I watched during the last free preview.
     
  12. schatham

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    The big flaw in the Roku app for Xfinity is the FF and rewind. No screenshots or any other way to see where you are other than looking at the timer and guessing how long commercials may be. On some other apps the right arrow will do a 30 second skip with a screen shot.
     
  13. pdhenry

    pdhenry Recumbent

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    Does an X1 box do it any better? It's a pain, for sure.
     
  14. chiguy50

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    Bear in mind that the Xfinity Stream app for Roku is still in beta status. I am hoping, at the least, that the crippled PCM 2.0 audio will eventually be upgraded to DD 5.1.
     
  15. NashGuy

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    Glad I was helpful. Here's one more option: stick with what you have for now (Comcast internet + TV + TiVo) and then around November, check out a new nationwide TV service called AT&T TV. It will be a live cable TV service that comes with its own custom TV box and remote that does everything: live channels, on demand, cloud DVR, plus apps on the side for Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, etc. It's very slick, even supports 4K HDR and has a voice remote with Google Assistant built-in. This would replace your TiVo, so you could just sell it.

    Just as Netflix can run over any company's home internet connection, AT&T TV will do the same (although you'd get a bundling discount -- probably $10 off per month -- if you could use it with AT&T's home internet service, if that's available for you). Pricing and channel packages are unknown at this point (although I have my guesses) but I guarantee you that every package will include HBO and the upcoming HBO Max service. We'll know a lot more when AT&T TV soft-launches in a few cities around the country (including Orange County/Riverside, CA) in August. But, as I say, the nationwide launch for anyone with any internet provider will happen in the 4th quarter, probably Nov.
     
  16. DeltaOne

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    Great deal or not, I'm returning the Roku Ultra. Two reasons:

    1) I already have an Apple TV. While the Roku has the Xfinity Stream Beta, and the Apple TV doesn't...it's highly likely the Xfinity Stream app will eventually make its way to the Apple TV (and probably my TiVo too). Other than the Xfinity Stream Beta app, my Apple TV works better for us.

    2) The stupid little box was broadcasting WiFi! Even though the Roku was connected via ethernet, it was broadcasting WiFi to its remote control. Want to turn WiFi off? Sure...unpair the remote and then you can turn WiFi off. Someone suggested I could then control the Roku from my smartphone...but no thanks...not interested.

    While reason #1 is the primary reason for returning the Roku Ultra...it was reason #2 that ticked me off and prompted me to start the return with Amazon.
     
  17. pdhenry

    pdhenry Recumbent

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    WiFi? Or RF?
     
  18. KevTech

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    The Enhanced “point-anywhere” remote uses wireless.

    Roku
     
  19. pdhenry

    pdhenry Recumbent

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    No doubt. But the claim was that it was WiFi.
     
  20. WVZR1

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    The WV...
    I made the decision to take the Xfinity package that included the XG1V4 knowing that the XOD was gone (even though I had a Roku Ultra). I've run the XG1V4 and a Mini @ my 64"1080P Plasma display for nearly 2 weeks and the Roamio @ a secondary location. I regret it NOT. I also ran my L3TV 'side by side' again for 10 days. I did the disconnect with them this AM and they've sent the return box.

    If you're an Xfinity TV user and 'near a negotiation' I'd say there's no reason to NOT get the XG1V4 with some sort of a 'renewal'!

    Frederick Xfinity Store can be quite an experience - ain't always the same!!
     

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