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Hey guys, I just read that Comcast is starting the tivo software in the New England area next month and then within 3 months it will be deployed everywhere that Comcast serves. I just bought a S3 but haven't opened the box yet....will it be useless once Comcast offers the tivo software, or will it still be a better piece of equipment (assuming they ever get the SDV thing straightened out)?
 

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To the OP,

You essentially ASKED, then ANSWERED your own question!

Hey guys, I just read that Comcast is starting the tivo software in the New England area next month and then within 3 months it will be deployed everywhere that Comcast serves. I just bought a S3 but haven't opened the box yet....will it be useless once Comcast offers the tivo software, or will it still be a better piece of equipment (assuming they ever get the SDV thing straightened out)?

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It does if you have both boxes and only one tv.


If you haven't opened the S3, return it. Many are happy with the S3, while many others have posted how they feel screwed now that the Tivo HD is out for less money.

Bottom line, Consumer Electronics go down in value rapidly. Enjoy your purchase TODAY. Don't worry about Tommorrow so much.
 

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nirvanayoda said:
It does if you have both boxes and only one tv.
Why would you get BOTH boxes if you only have one TV and already own a series 3??

I thought you were asking whether you should keep your S3 or switch to the Comcast TiVo?

If you are going to get the comcast tivo regardless I don't know why you would keep your s3 with on TV.

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No doubt the TiVo software on the Comcast boxes will be a "Lite" version.

My guess is they'll be limited to the most basic functions like season pass and time based recording. I'd be surprised if they even had wishlists.
No chance of swivel search or Unbox and there's probably no way they will have TTG or even basic TiVo desktop Music and Photos.

No doubt ther'll also be alot more on-screen ads just like the current Comcast boxes.
 

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Adam1115 said:
Why would you get BOTH boxes if you only have one TV and already own a series 3??

I thought you were asking whether you should keep your S3 or switch to the Comcast TiVo?

If you are going to get the comcast tivo regardless I don't know why you would keep your s3 with on TV.

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You can record more stuff simultaneously plus you have more storage. You could also have a his and her machine. lots of reasons.
 

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Well, seeing how most of the country has a cable company other than Comcast, no, it won't be useless. Also, I will be very surprised when Motorola or Scientific Atlanta get their hardware to the quality of a Tivo box.
 

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hutchca said:
No doubt the TiVo software on the Comcast boxes will be a "Lite" version.

My guess is they'll be limited to the most basic functions like season pass and time based recording. I'd be surprised if they even had wishlists.
No chance of swivel search or Unbox and there's probably no way they will have TTG or even basic TiVo desktop Music and Photos.
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No doubt? Based on what?
No universal search.
Uni search is just a way to sell Amazon.com unbox videos anyway. Comcast wants to sell you their PPV so they are not going to let a competitor on their box.
Of course it will have wishlist.
No music and photos because the box will not be able to connect to your PC. At least not without a hack.
For more information please go back and look at the demos from the 2007 CES.
 

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I have no interest for the Comcast box
No networking, no broadband apps on the Comcast w/tivo i.e. photos, weather, etc.
No expandability like the S3 at this point has been announced.
No hackability! (that kills it for me)
No Lifetime service
No Swivel Search
No Kidzone
No Guru Guides

I have seen the previews of the Comcast Tivo, and it is no Tivo I want.
The S3, even with the addition of the TivoHD, is still the premier DVR from Tivo

VOD and PPV? don't care, never used them when I had them
And FWIW every Comcast customer that gets a digital tier, even if they have cablecards, is entitled to a free Comcast STB (non-DVR) should I ever get a hankering for VOD or PPV.
 

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zalusky said:
You can record more stuff simultaneously plus you have more storage. You could also have a his and her machine. lots of reasons.
Re-read the ops posts and what I replied to, he said he can only hook up one box to his tv.
 

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Adam1115 said:
Re-read the ops posts and what I replied to, he said he can only hook up one box to his tv.
No, he said he would have 2 boxes and one TV (although I have no idea why he felt he needed to point that out :)).

That's the same setup I have (two TiVos connected to one TV).

Lots of good reasons for that.
 

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Adam1115 said:
Re-read the ops posts and what I replied to, he said he can only hook up one box to his tv.
If true its a minor restriction, you can easily get a video switcher or even manually swap the cables.
 

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No doubt? Based on what?
For more information please go back and look at the demos from the 2007 CES.
According to the demos the Comcast Tivo version is basic, mostly just an enhanced user interface without a lot of substantial changes. An excellent video preview of the new service:

CNET Comcast/Tivo Video Preview

I had high hopes for the Comcast/Tivo partnership, but with the new Tivo HD and lower price point, the added functionality seems worth the small premium. I'm already paying $11.99/mo for the basic Comcast Motorola DVR. I'll still get a free digital box for VOD/PPV (which I use, but don't need a DVR for.) The HD in the Motorola box is too small for HD video. I have to use a Tivo for SD anyway. I'll might even save money in the process.

Only advantages I can see to the Comcast DVR are "free" hardware upgrades/repairs and no contracts/commitments. New technology like SDV is so far away (look how long the Comcast/Tivo deal has been in the works) by that point I'll be ready for new hardware regardless.
 
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