Xfinity VOD app

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  1. May 23, 2019 #41 of 694
    WVZR1

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    My interest was only this. - If a person wanted to see a particular 'feature/program/VOD event' then perhaps using even the Xfinity 'streaming' in Roku I'd think you'd gain likely the 'higher resolution' of that 'feature/event etc' vs QAM. For the added resolution/PQ maybe the newer VOD a pretty good option.

    Comcast/Xfinity seems to be interested in an offer to me that might be very useful for maybe a couple years. If the VOD is going away end of June then maybe I wait until 7/01 and see if I can gather a 'CableCard' for a 30 day trial.

    L3TV is interesting - The day a VOD becomes available the option 'populates' in the same DVR menu so you have a choice. Generally it's a 9 - 17 minute shorter event. Using my Roamio & Mini(s) for 1 or 2 years. likely nets me more than a sale of it. L3TV doesn't have a timed recording capability and other TiVo features BUT 'FOR SURE' PQ is there.

    L3TV = No Internet NO TV/DVR!! It's been an interesting 11 months.

    ***DATA Caps for me are of no concern.
     
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  2. May 23, 2019 #42 of 694
    morac

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    I doubt Comcast would give you a discount, but they'd be happy to upsell you to using one of their X1 boxes to get VoD.

    For the Roku Samsung stream beta app, the answer is no. See last question at Xfinity Stream App on Xfinity TV Partner Devices FAQs.

    For all the other methods, the answer is yes.
     
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  3. May 23, 2019 #43 of 694
    giomania

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    Thanks so much for the response. It looks like the TCL Roku TV’s are not currently supported.


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  4. May 23, 2019 #44 of 694
    funchefchick

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    I got this popup today and I'm enraged. I use XOD ALL THE DAMN TIME and I'm furious at Comcast for the millionth goddamn thing. Grrrr. I'm seriously going to go look at cutting the cord at along last.

    (Sidebar: I'm disabled, I spend a lot of time at home and internet and video entertainment are both pretty important. I've been paying a ton of money to Comcast over the years because of movie channels and access to a variety of channels. But they have consistently been terrible and expensive. I'm worried about not being able to manage the complexity of getting high speed internet AND a big collection of channels/pay channels. But I'm also in the beginning stages of building a new house and I would *love* to plan ahead for how to have all of my services Comcast-FREE for the foreseeable future. !)

    Seriously, Comcast? You suck. So, so much. If anyone has helpful/for dummies-level guidance on cutting the cord . .. send it my way. !
     
  5. May 23, 2019 #45 of 694
    pdhenry

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    Linked from that page I found this info:

    The Xfinity Stream Beta app is available on the following Roku device models:
    • The Roku 5XXX, 6XXX, 7XXX and 8XXX series TVs
    Many TCL Roku TVs are 5000 series (although mine is a 3000 series).
     
  6. May 23, 2019 #46 of 694
    HerronScott

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    Just got a letter from Comcast on this today and came to post about it.

    Very sorry to see it go although I did not use it that often. Mostly used it for any show issues and occasionally for HBO movies. I too would like to see Comcast allow sign in to HBO Go now from our TiVo's since this method of getting to HBO on-demand content is going away.

    A big vote for this here as well even though I understand that development has ended for TE3.

    Scott
     
  7. May 23, 2019 #47 of 694
    pdhenry

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    If I want it badly enough I'll just stick a wireless keyboard/mouse on a Raspberry Pi and connect it to the TV & use the browser.
     
  8. May 23, 2019 #48 of 694
    giomania

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    Thanks.

    I saw that and paused for a minute thinking that could be my TCL 65R617 TV, but then seemed to remember that Roku actually had Roku branded TV’s?

    It’s easy enough to check to see if it’s available.


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  9. May 23, 2019 #49 of 694
    Bigg

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    So it sounds like you're saying it's actually TiVo's control of QAM VOD, but Comcast knows it's going away in the next few years, so they're just replacing the one that's being retired?

    Not going anywhere. Comcast is not required to provide VOD to TiVo users, they chose to offer it, and they can choose to not offer it. They already provide a credit for CableCard users of $2.50/mo.
     
  10. May 23, 2019 #50 of 694
    funchefchick

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    Hold up there - where are they providing a credit to CableCard users? I sure haven't seen it.
     
  11. May 23, 2019 #51 of 694
    NashGuy

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    Months (years?) ago when Comcast first rolled out the Stream app for Roku, it was rumored that they would eventually charge for it but that it wasn't a sure thing. I'm not sure if that was based on something Comcast had officially stated or info that had leaked out. But at any rate, they were supposedly "evaluating" how and if they'd eventually price it.

    Their new pricing scheme for new TV customers strongly suggests to me that they're not ever going to charge for usage of the Stream app on any device for any customer. Although I would expect that they eventually (if not already) enforce some sort of rule about the number of concurrent streams allowed to the Stream app, at least when being used on a device away from your Comcast home network.

    Given that their new STBs are inexpensive IPTV streamers (essentially Comcast's version of a Roku) and only cost $5/mo to rent, I don't think Comcast is super-concerned about whether you rent their cheap box or use your own box to watch their service on your big screens.
     
  12. May 23, 2019 #52 of 694
    pdhenry

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    Yes, but the $2.50 credit reflects that TiVo users own the tuning equipment while the published subscription rates assume that the tuning equipment is rented from Comcast.

    But your bigger point is that there is no government mandate to provide VOD, only the linear channels in one's lineup. It only fairly recently appeared on TiVos.
     
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  13. May 23, 2019 #53 of 694
    rfryar

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    But the one thing Xfinityis actively doing is blocking HBO Go on the Tivo. With out using the computer, play on, some other device I can not access HBO Go since they, Xfinity, is deciding not to allow that device to activate. No real reason, just deciding they do not want to support it.

    Can I use a Roku, yes. Do I want to fiddle with changing inputs, buying new devices, having multiple remotes or a unwieldy universal remote. Not really. That is why I have a device that can do everything, granted some things TiVo is not the best at using, but it does work.
    So I will probably vote with my pocketbook if there are not more substantial information about the Xfinity Stream coming to the Tivo.

    I called Xfinity today and it took 3 transfers to get to someone that even knew anything about VOD or HBO Go. They said they would let me know something with in a month for the future state. Time will tell.
     
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  14. May 23, 2019 #54 of 694
    funchefchick

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    I was able to reach someone right away by tweeting a complaint @Comcast. Not sure if it will go anywhere . . . .I would very much like to find a non-Comcast alternative. !
     
  15. May 23, 2019 #55 of 694
    pdhenry

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    For HBO on your TiVo, Amazon Prime is a non-Comcast alternative. You'll pay $14.99/month for HBO on top of Prime, but that's probably about how much you're playing Comcast.
     
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  16. May 23, 2019 #56 of 694
    NashGuy

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    From what I've read, I think the rule is this: if you're streaming through the Xfinity Stream app on any device ON YOUR HOME NETWORK SERVED BY COMCAST INTERNET, then that does NOT count toward Comcast's 1TB data cap because the IP stream that Comcast provides is not going out over the open internet but staying completely within Comcast's managed network. Basically, Comcast is saying that it's IPTV rather than OTT.

    However, if you stream anything through their app while away from home, then that's OTT and going to (obviously) count against whatever usage you have from your cellular provider (or the broadband data cap that your friend has if you're streaming over his wifi network). Also, note that you probably won't have access to your full set of live channels inside the Stream app if you're using it while away from your home network.
     
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  17. May 23, 2019 #57 of 694
    Yuterald

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    Got my letter today and I am not pleased. I use VOD a lot so what will "fill the gap"? Is there an App that I can use on my TiVo that also has access to the Xfinity VOD App?
     
  18. May 23, 2019 #58 of 694
    NashGuy

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    I don't mind helping you if you want to provide me with some basic info. (You can just send it to me as a private message to my Inbox on this website if you like. Or if you don't care about others seeing it, just reply here.) I'd need to know the following:
    • your zip code
    • which companies (besides Comcast) provide home internet service at your address (If you don't know, that's OK.)
    • which are your absolute "must-have" TV channels and what are your "I'd like 'em but I could live without 'em" channels
     
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  19. May 23, 2019 #59 of 694
    NashGuy

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    No. But Xfinity is working on a replacement app for TiVo. No word on when it might arrive yet.
     
  20. May 23, 2019 #60 of 694
    Yuterald

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    Thanks..."NashGuy" eh? Either a fan of the old show...or my guess is you're in Nashville, TN? If so - howdy neighbor: that's where I live.
     

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