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Xfinity wireless set top box?

I've used Directv wireless boxes where there's no cable outlet available, and they work well. Just heard that Xfinity now has a wireless box but it works from a signal from your router. The Xfinity service tech wasn't high on the performance. Has anybody had any experience with them?
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I've used Directv wireless boxes where there's no cable outlet available, and they work well. Just heard that Xfinity now has a wireless box but it works from a signal from your router. The Xfinity service tech wasn't high on the performance. Has anybody had any experience with them?


I believe it is theXi5 which has been discussed in this thread. It is a 1080p box with HDR. It does not have a tuner and needs either a X1 DVR or a SG2v2 plus a Comcast router / modem to function (or an alternative also discussed in this thread). I assume it need a good signal from the router to function properly.
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What kind of premium channel series?

If they put Game of Thrones episodes in 4K HDR on VOD, their customers would clamor to get access to that.

Or just put most HBO and Showtime series in 4K.
Is GoT even produced in 4k? DirecTV will probably have more 4k content sooner than Comcast, even for NBCU content like the Olympics. They have the bandwidth to push a lot of 4k quickly.
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Supposedly they're filming the last two seasons in 4K or maybe producing 4K masters.
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Is GoT even produced in 4k? DirecTV will probably have more 4k content sooner than Comcast, even for NBCU content like the Olympics. They have the bandwidth to push a lot of 4k quickly.
Anyone making new high-end 'BoxSet' type dramas will be shooting in UHD/4K now - even if they don't currently operate a 4K/UHD consumer platform of their own.

There are enough international purchasers of these programmes that DO run UHD/4K services already that premium stuff is expected to be made in that format, plus longevity suggests shooting in 4K/UHD for future sales/release makes sense. GoT is on Sky in the UK (Sky have a big, exclusive, deal with HBO) - which has a 4K satellite and streaming service, and is a big customer for 'Box Set' style content.

However existing series may well stick with a 2K/HD workflow, particularly if they are coming to the end of their run. (Which I believe is the case for GoT).

Obviously series with Netflix/Amazon production involvement are likely to favour UHD/4K (and in some cases HDR) production.
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