Originally Posted by powrwrap
3. On Demand.
...However, the most insidious thing about it is that 99% of the free On Demand content is no longer available but would have to be added for an additional $4.99 a month if I truly want On Demand. For example, if I wanted to watch the last two episodes of "The Big Bang Theory" broadcast just a month ago my options are to subscribe to a service or else the system informs me that this episode will be broadcast on July 3 at 8:00 pm and gives me the option of recording it. If, in order to view this program, I'm supposed to record it in two weeks, that's not "ON DEMAND", now is it? This was true of just about every network TV program I looked into. We either need to subscribe to a new service or record the next broadcast of the episode. What happened to the "catch up on previous episodes" feature we found so useful with the old system? In the old system I could look up Season 5 of Kitchen Nightmares and simply select Episode 5 and then instantly watch it. Now I can get it "free with subscription". I've also noticed that hundreds of free movies are no longer accessible. Yes, most of them were somewhat cheesy, but once in a while there were hidden gems or old favorites. In short, I don’t see how this can be an upgrade if I actually lose features that I once had.
Is this On Demand issue described above an experience everyone is having? I cannot believe that this is the only post I've seen that mentions this and that there are no responses to it. The described loss of formerly free On Demand content would be a huge deal breaker for me (and I'm scheduled to have the X1 installation next Monday 9/22).
powrwrap, what is the additional $4.99 service actually called? Does anyone else know what service is being referred to? Is it accurate that many of the network shows I now enjoy On Demand for free will require an extra fee now? ...not to mention the occasional movie.
FAN NOISE: Can users advise which particular boxes are most plagued by fan noise? Do they all have this same problem? There must be some difference between the PACE boxes and the Arris boxes, correct? Which box is the quietest? Did anyone have their box switched and receive a much quieter (or louder) replacement? This may end up being the biggest issue if it can be heard across a room, and I will certainly ask the installer which box they intend to install when they confirm their appointment that day. I just need to know which box is the best if there are multiple options.
The lag sounds horrible; I can only hope it's not as bad as being reported here. I couldn't believe when I skipped ahead 1 year in this thread the topics of the posts were completely unchanged - I thought I hit "next" page instead of "last" page... well, it is Comcast so maybe I wasn't completely surprised...
We currently have the RNG200N box and I'm just hoping this "upgrade" isn't a big mistake. I would be happy to keep the current box (didn't even know I could have added extra storage until reading it here - thought that feature was disabled), but the X1 package seems to be a significantly cheaper option for a supposed upgrade at this point in time.
I know prices are regional, but if it helps anyone we're getting the Extreme/Premier X1 triple play (w/ phone) for $129.99 plus $9.99 for a satellite box/extender. Plus taxes and fees of course (less than $10). 2-year contract. Free install. (Originally my wife had this same deal with a rep except the extra box was $1.99, and at that price we were going to throw one in a room we rarely use for two extenders total, but after being disconnected from the first rep the next rep would only give the $9.99 price. My wife had the calls recorded with their permission, too - been lied to by Comcast too many times in the past... Anyone actually get a $1.99/extender price for extra boxes with the X1?) Oh yeah, and the $200 Visa gift card after 3 months. No one seems to discuss prices here so I hope that's not against some rule. If so, could the mods maybe just delete this last paragraph but let my questions stand? Thanks so much.