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My Wife was complaining about no more video on demand on Xfinity. We stopped into the Xfinity store to see what's what. For a X1 unit and 2 mini units and mostly the same programming and internet, it will be about $190 a month, the same as now. So no savings moving to their gear.
I am disappointed with no VOD, but I really still like my Tivo. The thing I would miss the most is the multiple tunes. I like to pause a show or sport and switch to another tuner, watch for a while, then switch back and fast forward through commercials. I don't think the X1 does that.
The counter guy told us that Xfinity support for Tivo is going away soon anyway so it's only matter of time.
Anybody else tempted to stray?
 

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I have the X1 dvr for on demand, and it also comes in handy on busy days when my 6-tuner bolt isn’t
enough. The X1 is included with my triple play and
the cablecard for my tivo is about $7.45 a month after $2.50 discount.
 

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I was tempted to stray - from the Xfinity! Tell them to shove it and put an antenna in the attic. You don't need cable now that the OTA signal is digital. It's no longer the "big three" with snow all over them.

I'll give up my Tivo when they pry it from my cold dead hands.
 

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I was tempted to stray - from the Xfinity! Tell them to shove it and put an antenna in the attic. You don't need cable now that the OTA signal is digital. It's no longer the "big three" with snow all over them.

I'll give up my Tivo when they pry it from my cold dead hands.
I've thought about cutting the cord many times. I could easily live with OTA and apps, but my wife doesn't like the idea.
 

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You don't need cable now that the OTA signal is digital.
you do know with digital its a picture or nothing? Unlike analog which had snow on the screen.
If you are close to the towers yeah it works. But when you get further away it may take more to attempt to get the signal.
 

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I use Apple TV for most all streaming Prime/HBO/Netflix/Hulu/Showtime/Britbox/PBS Passport. Tivo is for recording mostly for my wife broadcast and food shows. I am waiting to see what the Apple TV+ package offers to see if I mix it up but so far and I can't justify changing anything.
 

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you do know with digital its a picture or nothing? Unlike analog which had snow on the screen.
If you are close to the towers yeah it works. But when you get further away it may take more to attempt to get the signal.
Yep, and unless you're over 80 miles from the tower with mountains in between you should get a signal just fine. Again, it's not like the old days.

OP: Anything you watch now is available OTA or on a Fire TV stick (30.00$) What's the wife's holdout? The money saved should buy her a nice anniversary present by this time next year :)
 

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Yep, and unless you're over 80 miles from the tower with mountains in between you should get a signal just fine. Again, it's not like the old days.

OP: Anything you watch now is available OTA or on a Fire TV stick (30.00$) What's the wife's holdout? The money saved should buy her a nice anniversary present by this time next year :)
Because by the time you pay for all those separate items cable is not any more expensive and functions much better.
 

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Anybody else tempted to stray?
My cable company raising the "broadcast TV" surcharge to $12 a few years ago pushed me over the edge. At that time I switched to DirecTV NOW (HBO plus all my former cable channels and limited cloud DVR) for $40 (now $55). I record PBS and a few other OTA channels with an Amazon Recast. I watch everything on Fire sticks on any TV.

DirecTV NOW was even sweeter since I'm able to share with my parents 250 miles away, cancelling their satellite TV subscription. All told, I'm probably saving $150/month.

Unfortunately, DirecTV NOW is no longer a viable option for new subscribers. The closest substitute these days is probably Youtube TV.

Yes, streaming is a little more inconvenient at times. But I'll gladly put up with it for what amounts to nearly a week vacation at the beach every year.
 

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Yep, and unless you're over 80 miles from the tower with mountains in between you should get a signal just fine. Again, it's not like the old days.
incorrect. All it takes is buildings between you to have the signal crap out. Also stations especially on VHF broadcast at puny outputs compared to the analog days which in some cases you can be 10-12 miles away from the tower and it doesnt work. Throw in low powered signals too which operate at 15,000 watts or less and that is more issues. I live 25 miles away from a translator farm and can't get them due to the repack forcing them to neuter their power outputs.
And I have a plethora of some badass antennas that I've tried. I dont think the landlord would like if I mounted my Antenncraft C490 on the deck :)
 

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My cable company raising the "broadcast TV" surcharge to $12 a few years ago pushed me over the edge.
Where I use to live Mediacom raised it for the 4th time in a year to almost $15 (14.93)
 

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The counter guy told us that Xfinity support for Tivo is going away soon anyway so it's only matter of time.
Can anyone find confirmation of that in writing anywhere? I've been lied to - um, advised incorrectly - before, by Comcast/Xfinity salespeople claiming TiVo was going away, and by AT&T salespeople claiming they do support TiVo.
 
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Where I use to live Mediacom raised it for the 4th time in a year to almost $15 (14.93)
That's insane. It was so satisfying to tell Charter where to stick their broadcast TV fee. I'm glad I'm lucky enough to get good OTA reception.

But alternatives like Locast are growing. Unfortunately, you can't get it everywhere and you can't record it.
 

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Can anyone find confirmation of that in writing anywhere? I've been lied to - um, advised incorrectly - before, by Comcast/Xfinity salespeople claiming TiVo was going away, and by AT&T salespeople claiming they do support TiVo.
Of course not. My cable tech told me the cable company no longer supported cable card as I was watching my cable card Tivo right in front of him. I didn't feel like arguing so I just played along, knowing full well that millions of cable company boxes would also cease to function if that were true.

It will only go away when either the law changes or the provider switches an area entirely to IPTV (like U-verse).
 

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I am disappointed with no VOD, but I really still like my Tivo. The thing I would miss the most is the multiple tunes. I like to pause a show or sport and switch to another tuner, watch for a while, then switch back and fast forward through commercials. I don't think the X1 does that.
The counter guy told us that Xfinity support for Tivo is going away soon anyway so it's only matter of time.
Anybody else tempted to stray?
Also with Comcast here and a Roamio Pro. We didn't use XoD very often but it was nice when either we missed recording something or an HBO movie was not available to record in HD. Not having it though isn't enough of a reason for us to move away from TiVo though. I wouldn't trust what the Comcast counter person said regarding support for TiVo at least for the near term although they have deployed some new stations to IP-only delivery.

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Can anyone find confirmation of that in writing anywhere? I've been lied to - um, advised incorrectly - before, by Comcast/Xfinity salespeople claiming TiVo was going away, and by AT&T salespeople claiming they do support TiVo.
The signs are their. The sudden loss of On Demand, hard to get cable cards, Tivo happy to cancel without putting up a fight. All the lawsuits.
 

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To replicate all the same cable channels. You forgot the $99 internet cost which I'm sure is included in that $160.

Don't assume an antenna works in their area.
$69.00 for internet, which is not included in the $160.00 And you still get the same cable channels online, plus more. I'm sorry Schat, you're not off the cord so you don't know how green the grass is here.
 
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