Originally Posted by corradizo
Should i stay the heck away from this X1 system?
I'm in the Chicago burbs and I currently pay about $240 a month for the triple play when all is said and done. I have a standard dvr, a HD box, a SD box (that i need to upgrade to HD hence this whole decision process because our Tivo Series 2 died, finaly, RIP.) and a TivoHD with cable card. I currently have the HD Preferred XF package at $169 a month, and they charge me 9.95 x 3 for the boxes/dual tuner card and another 8.00 for the DVR function. I also pay $10 a month for HBO.
When i called Comcast to upgrade my SD box (old large black motorola box) to HD they said if i take my SD box to the service center they will charge me $15 dollars to swap it yet if they ship me a HD box it would cost me $9.95 for the shipping but no swap fee. They could not explain why those options were so convoluted. SO the deal they offered is $199 a month that includes the DVR and 3 HD boxes plus $9.95 for the cable card + taxes/fees...roughly the same as i pay now except an install fee of $39.95 to come out and swap out all my gear for the X1. They say I'd get 220+ channels and all the pay channels like HBO, Skinimax, Showtime etc. Locked in for 2 years if i get it all done. I'm not going anywhere so that doesn't matter so much.
I get that you can only pause shows on the DVR and only watch them on the companion boxes..fine. What else can one expect? Are the menus slow? I'd like to move a TV to the other side of the room, are the boxes wireless or do i have to run a new wire?
Hoping you can help me decide what to do as I'm fearing the upgrade because it seems i won't be able to revert back.
I have X1 , the DVR is not wireless, you need to wire it with HDMI or Component cables, I recently upgraded from previous generation box, and the X1 is much better, I can record more shows same time and it has more memory.
Menu are fast, at least I can't complain about it. The old box settings allowed me only set up 1080i with X1 I can set up 1080p.
Very easy to go trough settings for audio and picture.
I can do fast forward , pause , rewind for live shows and movies. If I switched to channel where movie or show has been on for a while, if I press record, it's somehow manage to record from beginning. I don't know what options you had with TiVo , so it's hard to compare all the things.
More or less I am happy with X1, only thing is I can't manage to do is hook up the DVR to TV with one HDMI cable directly for picture and sound. I am still in search for good 4K home theater receiver and temporarily use my new Samsung UHD TV original speakers. With optical cable for sound and HDMI for picture it's working, but I should be able to use just one HDMI cable for picture and sound directly from DVR
I found a way to get it when I use Ultra HDMI True Matrix 4X2 but still I need to run a HDMI cable out from X1 which supposed to go to TV, but then there is no sound, I plug it in to the HDMI in ARC in my TV. (The X1 box has only one HDMI out to TV ) there is 2 more HDMI inputs , but they don't do anything yet.
Few weeks ago Comcast made available 3 shows to watch in 4K quality, and more content will be available and added during this year. And also new X1 boxes will be replaced with new X1 for availability to watch 4K programs.
So I hooked HDMI out from DVR to matrix HDMI in and from Matrix one HDMI out to TV HDMI in ARC input.
For some reason it doesn't work directly , I have no sound and the picture is poor quality. Around 3AM the box switching off every night for few minutes , I guess to make some updates , but what's has been updated I have no clue. There is now a lot more options in X1 box which wasn't available in older boxes
On Xfinity On Demand it offers shows and movies based on your watching and recording preferences , you can search shows and movies by actors names, movie titles , it has wireless built in , but not for hooking up with TV ,still need a cables.
I had to get the triple play as well in order to have the X1 box, I never use the home phone and never will, just for the X1 I did it. But they charged me $50 for the swap service which I could do myself, but they didn't allowed me to do that way.
What's your internet speed with your package?
I have the triple play and one DVR , and 100 Mbs internet , but it goes well behind 100, so I get around 120 -130 down and 30-40 up. And I pay $125 with all taxes and fees and DVR rental.
So the total review for me , I would say it was worth to get the X1 and I am happy about it, and my net speed.
Now just I am working to get 4K receiver and , agh yes I forgot, they also upgraded my modem, I have the CISCO wireless modem and I bought Asus AC2400 dual band router, with 4K streaming available. Also my downstream signal is not good enough so I bought Motorola Broadband amplifier for TV and other for Internet , also the router says its MoCa ready as well , and besides all that trying how. To set up that too, I bought a MoCa filter , and brand new quad shielded CATV cables and Cat 7 Ethernet cables , and UHD 4K 36Gbs HDMI cables and Extreme broadband cable splitters with 5-3GHz capability and 1002 MHz /EMI -130dB.
So now I am trying to put everything together, but sometimes something very very deep inside me telling that I went too far, but most of the times the feeling that I have all this to play with makes me happy
In case someone with better experience reading this, would be so kind and tell me where did I went overboard
If that helps I have screenshots from my TV signal strength
To return to the topic ,I would get the X1 DVR. For some reason at the beginning it was broadcasting 720p, and I wasn't able to change, but now everything went back to normal and I am able to watch in 1080p
Here are some screenshots from TV about the signal.
Hopefully someone could tell me if I was even a little bit to right way, or all this what I got wasn't needed at all.
Thank you very much!!!!
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