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post #11371 of 12009 Old 05-09-2011, 07:33 AM
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TiVo and Comcast Team Up to Offer the First Retail Cable Set-Top With DVR That Delivers Linear TV, Broadband Content and Xfinity On Demand Library All From One Box

Comcast to Help TiVo to Promote Solution With Retail and Marketing Support

ALVISO, CA and PHILADELPHIA, PA, May 09, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ: TIVO), the creator of and a leader in television services and advertising solutions for digital video recorders (DVRs), and Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA) (NASDAQ: CMCSK), one of the nation's leading providers of entertainment, information, and communications products and services, today announced they have entered into an agreement to enable access to Comcast's robust library of Xfinity TV On Demand content on TiVo Premiere set-top boxes sold at retail. For the first time, Comcast customers in select markets will be able to use a TiVo Premiere box to enjoy a fully integrated offering of On Demand programs, along with linear television and a range of broadband services, all accessible through TiVo's user interface and intuitive search capabilities.


Under the agreement, Comcast will make its Xfinity TV On Demand service accessible on TiVo Premiere set-top boxes in many of its largest markets, with the first expected to be the San Francisco Bay Area with a plan for additional markets to follow. In each of those markets Comcast and TiVo plan to partner on promotion of this new service in retail and other sales channels. Comcast will install TiVo Premiere set-top boxes with its cable service at no additional charge for its customers when the service is available in those markets.

"Adding Comcast's On Demand library to TiVo Premiere is a fantastic win for consumers because it will offer access to the ultimate television viewing experience with the programming viewers want. Traditional TV channels, On Demand and broadband delivered content will all be accessible with TiVo's universal search capability and TiVo's stunning HD user-interface," said Tom Rogers, President and CEO of TiVo Inc. "And, this partnership will make it easy for our mutual customers to enjoy both their TiVo service and Comcast's Xfinity TV with the more than 25,000 On Demand programs it offers along with the ease of Comcast arranged installation."

"We're pleased to combine Comcast's industry leading On Demand library with the innovative TiVo experience and provide our customers even more choice and convenience," said Marcien Jenckes, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Video Services for Comcast. "Working with TiVo to allow customers to access our Xfinity TV On Demand service complements our commitment to bring any content to any device, at any time."

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Comcast Scraps TiVo Set-Top Deal, But Will Open VOD Tap

Cable Operator Will Help Promote TiVo Premiere DVR Solution With Retail, Marketing Support

By Todd Spangler -- Multichannel News, 5/9/2011 10:03:44 AM

Comcast terminated its set-top software development agreement with TiVo -- ending more than six years of work trying to offer the TiVo user interface as an option to customers -- while the MSO has agreed to open its video-on-demand library to users of TiVo Premiere DVRs bought at retail.

Under their original agreement in March 2005, Comcast had hoped to offer TiVo-based DVRs running on Motorola hardware and eventually Cisco Systems boxes across its entire footprint. But the project was beset with delays and Comcast launched the service only in its New England market, starting in late 2007.

Now, instead, Comcast has agreed to provide access to Xfinity TV On Demand content, with more than 25,000 titles in 80% of its footprint, on TiVo Premiere set-tops in "many of its largest markets." The first is expected to be the San Francisco Bay Area, but the companies didn't announce expected timing of the rollout.

Comcast and TiVo plan to jointly promote the capability in retail and other sales channels, and the MSO will install TiVo Premiere set-top boxes with its cable service at no additional charge for its customers when the service is available in those markets.

The VOD agreement is similar to the one TiVo reached last summer with Cox Communications, which also had previously planned to offer set-top boxes running TiVo's software.

The scaled-back deal between Comcast and TiVo comes a week after TiVo reached a landmark settlement with Dish Network and EchoStar, which are paying TiVo $500 million to resolve the companies' patent-infringement litigation that dates back to 2004.

TiVo and Comcast terminated the previous software development, licensing and marketing agreement between them on May 5, 2011. Simultaneously they entered into the agreement on the VOD front, according to an 8-K filing Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Comcast actually terminated funding for engineering services for the development of additional releases of the TiVo-branded software on Dec. 31, 2010. Comcast paid TiVo $12.3 million and $16.7 million for the twelve months ended Jan. 31, 2011, and 2010, respectively, in technology revenue as well as $4.6 million and $10.1 million for those years respectively in cost of technology revenues, according to TiVo regulatory filings.

Comcast retains the intellectual property rights granted by TiVo under the original agreement for the original term, which runs through June 30, 2014, with renewal terms ending March 15, 2019. In addition, Comcast retains a license to use the TiVo-branded software solution during the term in which case it would continue to pay TiVo such associated license fees.

Neither Comcast nor TiVo ever disclosed how many of the MSO's customers in New England opted for the TiVo boxes. At one point, Comcast had expected to make the TiVo user interface the "primary" option for DVR customers in at least one of its markets.

Now they're focused on delivering Comcast's VOD service to TiVo's retail users.

"Adding Comcast's On Demand library to TiVo Premiere is a fantastic win for consumers because it will offer access to the ultimate television viewing experience with the programming viewers want," TiVo president and CEO Tom Rogers said in a statement. "Traditional TV channels, On Demand and broadband delivered content will all be accessible with TiVo's universal search capability and TiVo's stunning HD user-interface."

Comcast senior vice president and general manager of video services Marcien Jenckes commented, "We're pleased to combine Comcast's industry leading On Demand library with the innovative TiVo experience and provide our customers even more choice and convenience. Working with TiVo to allow customers to access our Xfinity TV On Demand service complements our commitment to bring any content to any device, at any time."

TiVo has broader deals in effect with other pay-TV operators including DirecTV, Charter Communications, Suddenlink Communications, RCN and the U.K.'s Virgin Media. In those deals, the partners are in various stages of providing the TiVo user interface either on TiVo hardware or running in another vendor's box.

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nice. well, i guess i'll have OnDemand now.
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"Malone says consumers won't cut the cord with cable even as services including Netflix offer movies and TV shows over the Web."
Malone knows, as you should, that digital delivery of information to homes is the only business of cable companies. Saying this is video and that is Internet is a distinction without a difference. Malone does it only in a vain attempt to avoid any further government interference in his many interests. Why parrot his line?

You are confused. He was clearly talking about cable Internet service, which again has no real competition in most of the US, while in video services cable does have real competition from the two DBS providers. DirecTV and Dish Network together have more total customers than Comcast, and are available in a very, very, very high percentage of the Comcast service area.

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The short answer: Malone controls Comcast through shell companies, and as he makes plain in the Deadline piece, is extremely annoyed that anyone presumes to regulate his pipes and thereby reduce his ill-gotten gains. Perhaps now you understand?

Billionaire Shell Game: How Cable Baron John Malone and Assorted Corporate Titans Invented a Future Nobody Wanted, L. J. Davis (Doubleday, 1998, ISBN 978-0385479271)

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None of this relates in any way to your totally misguided claim that Malone controls Comcast. The shell game referenced above is the disingenuous way Malone represented the ability of his cableco to pave the way into a digital future, when he had no intention of doing so. All he wanted to do is inflate the value of his holdings so he could sell them at the high point.

Q. Since we most likely agree that Malone has a 100% consistent history of running his cableco's as cheaply as possible, to the extreme detriment of his customers, how do explain the market position Comcast has taken with their offerings in digital video, Internet, and digital telephone? They typically offer over 100 HD channels, the largest VOD library available, Internet speeds exceeding 50Mpbs, and high voice quality digital telephone service.

A. You can't explain it because it's not true. If Malone really controlled Comcast, you can bet he would be running it the same way he ran TCI.

(By the way, what Comcast is currently doing is basically along the lines of the 500 channel interactive digital universe Malone tried to sell to Bell Atlantic in 1993, that led to his eventual exit from the US cableco industry with the TCI sale to AT&T. Malone was right about one thing; coax cable represented the best existing way to get digital into the American household.)

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ESPNU, MLBHD, and NHLHD added to comcast digital preferred in harford county md.
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Comcast and Fox Soccer finally agree to HD coverage

In the best news for American soccer fans in nearly a year, Comcast will finally carry the Fox Soccer Channel in high definition.

By Zac Lee Rigg

May 27, 2011 11:43:00 AM

Finally, the agony can end. The pain, the wet hot tears, the fuzzy slippers thrown at the TV in anguish - all of that can finally be erased. Just take a big sigh and let it all out.

Buried at the bottom of a New York Times article about Fox Soccer's coverage of the Champions League final was a note containing the biggest news for American soccer fans since Landon Donovan poked the ball into the back of the Algerian net: Comcast has finally - after years of strenuous eye-squinting and blurry blobs - agreed to carry the Fox Soccer Channel in high definition.

Comcast has the largest market share of any multichannel video programming distributor in America, reaching nearly 23 million subscribers as of Dec. 2010, according to the National Cable & Telecommunications Association. That's a good 3 million more than DirecTV and almost double Time Warner's 12 million.

For many apartment buildings across the country, Comcast is the only option available. And, in some cases, such as Ann Arbor, Mich., Comcast holds a monopoly in towns in return for fees and services to the local government (in Ann Arbor's case, funding four local, public access and government channels).

All of that is fine. Somebody's got to be the biggest, and complaints about every provider's service are myriad. But then Fox Soccer began offering HD in Jan. 2010. Everyone else eventually came around and carried it by April. Except, of course, Comcast.

Things got especially gruesome when Fox Soccer stopped sending out a signal cropped for standard definition, meaning several good inches were lopped off each side if one caught a game via Comcast. Not only were viewers subjected to mushy, blurry picture which makes it difficult to identify players unless a closeup shot is shown, but now they also missed good swathes of action when the player with the ball dipped out of the provided dimensions into the margins or the camera shot didn't swing far enough to include the goal.

Avoiding the Fox Soccer Channel was, in most cases, the best option. ESPN carried the U.S. national team games and some of the more high-profile matches in MLS, the EPL, and La Liga. GolTV took care of the rest of La Liga, the Bundesliga and South American ball. The Spanish-language channels were all over the Mexican league. Even ESPN3.com, with a decent internet connection or through the Xbox, provided better picture than FSC, and that covered Serie A and Portugal, among others.

But the one killer was the Champions League. Usually one CL game a matchday broadcast on a Fox affiliate in HD, but for the rest, viewers were subjected to numbingly painful standard definition.

I am not a fan of the Dish Network or DirecTV, but it is frustrating to not be able to watch games in HD, James Quijano, a Morientes fan who lives in the Bay Area, told Goal.com. I have a 50-inch plasma TV and seeing the Champions League on Fox Soccer Channel sucks. I used to watch it on ESPN HD and the change to Fox Soccer has been nothing short of a let down.

Until now.

Now, just about anyone who wants to watch soccer in HD can. Now, the birds are chirping. Now, flowers are blooming and a gorgeous rainbow straddles from Alaska to Florida. Now, we know what kind of change Obama was really talking about, and all can agree that he has delivered.

Indeed, it's a spectacular time to be a soccer fan in America. As opposed to a few decades ago, when kids could only catch Soccer Made In Germany, a review show on PBS, nearly every major league is readily available live. Univision is set to launch a 24-hour sports channel in HD, which will lean heavily on soccer programming, with the stated goal of challenging Fox Soccer and ESPN Deportes.

So sit back. Flick on the tube. And take in the beautiful game in glorious high definition on your channel of choice. One day you'll laugh as you try to explain to your children the horrors of standard definition. But for now you're just overcome with emotion at the thought of Rooney vs. Messi in crystal clear picture.

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Comcast added Fox Soccer Channel HD this morning in the Seattle area, along with Oxygen HD, Home Shopping Network HD, and Hallmark Channel HD.
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But we wanted BBCAHD and none of those other channels.
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But we wanted BBCAHD and none of those other channels.

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Heck there's many of us who are waiting for Fox Soccer HD... tho yes to wanting BBCA HD as well.

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Heck there's many of us who are waiting for Fox Soccer HD... tho yes to wanting BBCA HD as well.
Those are my top two wants.
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iN Demand is increasing the number of HD channels for use with their pro sports subscription packages, available on Comcast, to a total of 9. Programming is from MLB Extra Innings, NHL Center Ice, NBA League Pass, and MLS Direct Kick. In addition, the HDPPV channel will also be available 24/7. The new channels will be available on 9/16/11.

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For those in northern Santa Barbara County (CA), take a good look at your bill - COMCRAP rates seem to be increasing again.
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Comcast Annual Rate Increase season comes early each year. Now that Comcastic!
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Don't they usually do it bi-yearly these days?
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My bill went up $7 a month because they said I added a Digital Preferred outlet last month. I made no changes last month. I do have multiple "outlets" (in that I have multiple DVRs, but only 2 TVs), but I've had them for a long time now.
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The [summer] launches will make GSN HD available to subscribers in the following service areas:

Comcast: City of Chicago; Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pa.; Detroit; Jackson, Miss.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Monroe, La.

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My bill went up $7 a month because they said I added a Digital Preferred outlet last month. I made no changes last month. I do have multiple "outlets" (in that I have multiple DVRs, but only 2 TVs), but I've had them for a long time now.

I convinced Comcast to remove this charge.
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Hartford HD Channel Additions
On August 9, 2011, the following High-Definition channels will be added to the channel line-up.
Programmer Channel Service Level
CNN Headline News HD 1107 Expanded Basic
NECN HD 1130 Expanded Basic
BET HD 1361 Expanded Basic
MTV HD 1405 Expanded Basic
VH-1 HD 1406 Expanded Basic
TCM HD 1815 Expanded Basic
The Weather Channel HD 1111 Expanded Basic & Economy
Comedy Central HD 1221 Expanded Basic & Economy
TruTV HD 1351 Expanded Basic & Economy
G4 HD 1222 Digital Starter
Investigation Discovery HD 1232 Digital Starter
History International HD 1271 Digital Starter
CMT HD 1407 Digital Starter
We HD 1308 Digital Preferred
Ovation HD 1345 Digital Preferred
TV One HD 1360 Digital Preferred
Fuse HD 1420 Digital Preferred
GMC HD 1435 Digital Preferred
Disney XD HD 1516 Digital Preferred
IFC HD 1860 Digital Preferred
Style HD 1341 Digital Preferred & Digital Starter
HBO2 HD 1912 Premium
HBO Comedy HD 1920 Premium
HBO Zone HD 1922 Premium
HBO Latino HD 1925 Premium
Action Max HD 1934 Premium
Thriller Max HD 1936 Premium
WMax HD 1938 Premium
5 Star Max HD 1941 Premium
Outer Max HD 1944 Premium
Tennis Channel HD 1612 Sports Entertainment
Big Ten Network HD 1730 Sports Entertainment
ESPNews HD 1608 Sports Entertainment & Digital Preferred
ESPNU HD 1720 Sports Entertainment & Digital Preferred
CBS Sports Network HD 1721 Sports Entertainment & Digital Preferred
NHL Network HD 1711 Sports Entertainment & Digital Preferred
NBA TV HD 1712 Sports Entertainment & Digital Preferred
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I'm having an issue that I don't know if it has anything to do with my Comcast box but hopefully someone can help me. I have Comcast service with an HD DVR (Motorola DCX3400) and a Vizio LCD TV (E370VA). They are connected via HDMI. Every once in a while, the sound on the TV will start to break up and then the TV will reboot itself. Is this a Comcast issue or a Vizio issue?
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Who here has already gone through the digital conversion with Comcast? I got my letter last week and it looks like I'm **** out of luck for my 8 TV's. Going to have to either pay $8.50 a month for each TV in order to keep watching most all of the same channels I've been watching, or pay $2.50 a month for a crappy "digital adapter" to keep watching those channels in glorious SD.

What have others done?
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Two DTAs are free. Depending on your service level, what you are paying now might entitle you to one regular non-DVR box at no additional charge. I already had one HD DVR when my local Comcast went digital, but I had two DVD recorders, and used their analog tuners to record some things, like Turner Classic Movies, and CNN. Well, I got one free DTA, and pay for a second DVR, directly connected to one of my DVDRs. I have learned how to program the DVR, in a way that will make the channel I want to record on my DVDR come on the tuner that is outputted. But, yeah, it sucks, and I don't like adding to my ever-increasing cable bill.
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Who here has already gone through the digital conversion with Comcast? I got my letter last week and it looks like I'm **** out of luck for my 8 TV's. Going to have to either pay $8.50 a month for each TV in order to keep watching most all of the same channels I've been watching, or pay $2.50 a month for a crappy "digital adapter" to keep watching those channels in glorious SD.

What have others done?

Try calling Comcast and asking for the Retention division, say you are tempted to jump to FIOS because of the increase, they might help>

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Who here has already gone through the digital conversion with Comcast? I got my letter last week and it looks like I'm **** out of luck for my 8 TV's. Going to have to either pay $8.50 a month for each TV in order to keep watching most all of the same channels I've been watching, or pay $2.50 a month for a crappy "digital adapter" to keep watching those channels in glorious SD.

What have others done?

I just enjoyed having MUCH more HD.

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I just enjoyed having MUCH more HD.

What good is more HD when I can't watch it on my HD TV's? I don't think it's right to have to pay $8.50 more per TV to be able to keep watching the same channels I've been watching. I've got one HD-DVR in my family room and I don't like the idea of sticking more STB's or more DA's at each TV location in the house. I read on their website where if you want to watch HD locals, along with the Digital Adapters, they're recommending you put a splitter on the line and run it through an A/B switch.

klh007, I'm going to try your advice and try to speak with the retention department. For the past 6 months they've been screwing me with my billing to begin with, where they offered me 12 months of a reduced rate for signing up for the premium internet speeds, but then only gave me the reduced rate for 3 months.

I'm also going to have to price out Direct and Dish I guess.
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What good is more HD when I can't watch it on my HD TV's? I don't think it's right to have to pay $8.50 more per TV to be able to keep watching the same channels I've been watching. I've got one HD-DVR in my family room and I don't like the idea of sticking more STB's or more DA's at each TV location in the house. I read on their website where if you want to watch HD locals, along with the Digital Adapters, they're recommending you put a splitter on the line and run it through an A/B switch.

klh007, I'm going to try your advice and try to speak with the retention department. For the past 6 months they've been screwing me with my billing to begin with, where they offered me 12 months of a reduced rate for signing up for the premium internet speeds, but then only gave me the reduced rate for 3 months.

I'm also going to have to price out Direct and Dish I guess.

Good idea -- because -- lord knows, DirecTv and Dish aren't going to charge you for each individual outlet...

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I am still hoping Comcast will eventually deploy HD DTAs...
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Good idea -- because -- lord knows, DirecTv and Dish aren't going to charge you for each individual outlet...

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I am still hoping Comcast will eventually deploy HD DTAs...

They do, but from what I've gathered with Direct TV, it's not going to cost me as much. And HD DTA's would be fine, but I wager my market wouldn't get them for a while.

Even better idea though. Clear QAM Expanded Basic, and if a user wants Limited Basic then let Comcast use some form of signal trap to restrict content. Then everything beyond Expanded Basic would require an STB or DTA. Basically what we've got now.

The one nice thing about cable use-to-be you could plug the coax right into TV and you were set for your programming (unless you wanted the HBO's of the world). Going away from that concept seems to me to be double dipping.
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Comcast didn't want to keep supporting traps, but your idea was floated around here a lot and made sense as a competitive advantage over other providers that require boxes for all TVs. Unfortunately they chose to go the same route as the others, and it does suck.

They have stated that they are working on providing HD DTAs, which presumably would be a lot cheaper to rent than the full HD STB (which has a program guide, VOD, etc.). The HD DTA would hopefully get all the channels that the regular SD DTAs get (expanded basic + a few more), in HD of course. Don't see why your market would not get them, the SD DTAs are everywhere.
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Comcast's analog channels will be delivered exclusively in digital format and digital equipment will be needed in order to view those channels. The plan is to launch more than 30 new HD networks for Ocean City customers in the coming weeks.

...The analog channels will move to a digital delivery in three phases. The first phase will occur on July 12 where some of the standard/expanded basic channels will be moved to digital. The second phase will occur on Aug. 16 where the remainder of those channels will be moved to digital. The third and final phase will occur on Oct. 5 and the limited basic channels will move to digital.

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Comcast's analog channels will be delivered exclusively in digital format and digital equipment will be needed in order to view those channels. The plan is to launch more than 30 new HD networks for Ocean City customers in the coming weeks.

...The analog channels will move to a digital delivery in three phases. The first phase will occur on July 12 where some of the standard/expanded basic channels will be moved to digital. The second phase will occur on Aug. 16 where the remainder of those channels will be moved to digital. The third and final phase will occur on Oct. 5 and the limited basic channels will move to digital.


http://www.mdcoastdispatch.com/artic...s-Frustrations

I wish Comcast would do that here in the SF bay area. This market is one of the most crowded in the nation and all those channels chew up a lot bandwidth that could be used far more efficiently.
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