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post #1411 of 1428
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Originally Posted by blairhh View Post

Are you leaving Comcast?

I'm reading reviews of the Roamio on Amazon and it appears consumers purchase it instead of cable service instead of as an alternative to what their provider offers for hardware. Maybe not so?
Yep. I'll be going back to either Direct or Dish for TV.

S~
post #1412 of 1428
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I'm reading reviews of the Roamio on Amazon and it appears consumers purchase it instead of cable service instead of as an alternative to what their provider offers for hardware. Maybe not so?

Yeah, it's really confusing. The Tivo can replace Comcast's hardware, but the unit doesn't replace the cable service.

May I ask everyone, what do you watch OTA? I've never used an HD antenna so I have visions of watching UHF channels from back in the day. The few times I've tried to tune someone's tv based on the digital tuner or Comcast's free programming, it only made me desperate for my premium cable.
post #1413 of 1428
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Originally Posted by Sonyad View Post

Yeah, it's really confusing. The Tivo can replace Comcast's hardware, but the unit doesn't replace the cable service.

May I ask everyone, what do you watch OTA? I've never used an HD antenna so I have visions of watching UHF channels from back in the day. The few times I've tried to tune someone's tv based on the digital tuner or Comcast's free programming, it only made me desperate for my premium cable.

The X1 doesn't replace the cable service either. TIVO is just like using the X1 except instead of paying a rental on the X1 box to Comcast, you pay for the TIVO unit and then pay TIVO a guide subscription. So, you are using a TIVO device instead of the X1.
post #1414 of 1428
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Originally Posted by 4mula1 View Post

With TIVO, you obtain a cable card from Comcast. This enables the TIVO unit to use the cable signal from Comcast. I assume that since the new TIVO can record multiple shows in the background, you would need a cable card for each tuner. And, these cable cards are free from Comcast. At least they were when I had a TIVO. I paid nothing to Comcast. I only paid a monthly subscription fee (or one time lifetime fee) to TIVO for the guide service.

Yes I know. I'd probably just revert back to a Motorola HD DVR at this point instead of getting a TiVo. We'll see.
post #1415 of 1428
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The X1 doesn't replace the cable service either. TIVO is just like using the X1 except instead of paying a rental on the X1 box to Comcast, you pay for the TIVO unit and then pay TIVO a guide subscription. So, you are using a TIVO device instead of the X1.

I know how tivo works, I just found some of the Amazon comments strange. Seems like several folks have owned Tivo's since kingdom come, yet they are still paying monthly. And as others have said, if they don't subscribe to any cable or satellite service and are basically watching OTA/Amazon/Hulu/Netflix, I wondered if there are better options available.
post #1416 of 1428
PTI has disappeared once again from my scheduled recordings. Is there anything I can do beyond unplugging the X1 and replugging before I concede and call Comcast again? Has anybody here given up on their X1 and is now using something else?
post #1417 of 1428
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Originally Posted by blairhh View Post

PTI has disappeared once again from my scheduled recordings. Is there anything I can do beyond unplugging the X1 and replugging before I concede and call Comcast again? Has anybody here given up on their X1 and is now using something else?

Just curious what it says on the guide for PTI? Does it say "New" for the episode that is supposed to record? A lot of times, the guide will change and reflect different data, and sometimes that data is whether or not the episode is new or not. If it is not stated as new, the DVR will not record it unless you have it set to record new and repeats. But doing that would have a lots and lots PTI recorded.
post #1418 of 1428
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Originally Posted by 4mula1 View Post

Just curious what it says on the guide for PTI? Does it say "New" for the episode that is supposed to record? A lot of times, the guide will change and reflect different data, and sometimes that data is whether or not the episode is new or not. If it is not stated as new, the DVR will not record it unless you have it set to record new and repeats. But doing that would have a lots and lots PTI recorded.

It says nothing. Not in scheduled recordings. When I go to the episodes in the guide, it gives me the option to record. When I go to priority manager, it's listed as the first series. It's the exact same scenario I had earlier this week when I called Comcast.

As usual I had crazy lag last night when watching recorded shows. At least once a day it will do nothing when I hit a button. So I end up hitting the same button over and over again, and about 10 seconds later I see these inputs come to life. This has been the norm since day one. It's a laggy box that feels like a beta product. Go look at the X1 forum over at Comcast. This hardware is a joke.
post #1419 of 1428
PTI and ATH are off for Masters from Wed till next monday.
post #1420 of 1428
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Originally Posted by TeeJay1952 View Post

PTI and ATH are off for Masters from Wed till next monday.

Yes I know. No PTI episode was listed to record moving forward beyond this week.

Last night I was able to get PTI re-listed on scheduled recordings by finding its airing on this coming Monday and once again setting a series recording, even though it was already listed as the first show under priority recordings. If PTI disappears yet again from scheduled, as it has twice now in the past week, I think I've had enough of the X1 for good. It's not just this PTI fiasco. In daily use it feels like a beta device and I'm a tester. I'm leaning towards returning to my Motorola HD DVR or whatever else Comcast offers as an HD DVR. I'll take retro blue guides and less HDD space for quiet operation and proper daily performance.

UPDATE: PTI disappeared once again from my DVR over the weekend. They think it's an issue that Tier 2 must fix. Sometimes a corruption occurs when deleting an episode that requires Tier 2 to fix it. Because of the noise from the X1 that has bothered me from day one they are coming tomorrow to potentially replace the box. If they deem the noise 'normal' I will switch to a legacy DVR.
Edited by blairhh - 4/14/14 at 8:24am
post #1421 of 1428
Do the companion/sattelite boxes also have optical out?
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Originally Posted by todd1010 View Post

The X1 does have a optical cable and you can connect it to your AVR.

The any room dvr setup is consisting of one main DVR and several other companion boxes. You can access everything the main dvr can, on demand, etc. However the only thing you can't do is pause live tv. The way around that is to just start recording what your watching and pause but that takes about 20-30 seconds, maybe less once you know the system.

Be aware that the X1 boxes are GLITCHY as hell. I just had mine installed about a week ago and have had to restart/reboot the box at least once a day. Along with audio dropouts and OnDemand freezing, menu being odd to navigate, remote button pushes are a little delayed, and a bunch of other stuff. Be prepared to be a technician with this X1 system.

We have a main line tech coming out Sunday to diagnose a few things. The Tier 2 support tech ran some history diagnoses and said that even though my line signal was within specifications a majority of time, it falls out of spec to cause it to drop signal. Hopefully the tech actually does something on Sunday because if its just a matter of new cable lines then no big deal...maybe possibly a new line from the street which isn't but about 20-30 feet.
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Yes
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Comcast tech just replaced my X1 DVR with a Motorola RNG200N STB. He conceded that the X1 STB is louder than the legacy STB's. The RNG200N does seem to be noticeable quieter. Also it has a 500 GB HD, which is great.

Another plus is navigating the menus and input response. Yes, I have to revert back to the retro blue menus. But changing channels and navigating the menu is noticeable smoother than the X1.

The X1 is a step in the right direction with regards to the updated UI, cloud storage, conjunction use with mobile applications. But I just don't find it ready for prime time in everyday use.
post #1424 of 1428
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Originally Posted by pappaduke View Post

I agree. Given up trying to record 60 minutes.

We've been recording all three primetime + the first news broadcast by default Sunday's on CBS for over 5 years now. First Charter, now Comcast. We don't even care about the Good Wife, but need to have it "just in case." Then there's the weekly check to see if we need to record the second news broadcast as well. It also takes extra DVR space which gets iffy with only 500Gb. We only watch one or two shows a night, sometimes not even one, and end up behind. (Much to far behind for most of the OnDemand offerings or online, except torrents of course.) At one point 2 years ago we were just finishing one season when the new fall season started.

Speaking of DVR management with X1...

We try to keep two episodes each of some shows for the kids cycling through regularly. I have about 6 or 7 shows set up to record all new and repeats but only save 2. Back at Charter this meant that they were constantly replaced with newer recordings and we only ever had two on the unit. With X1 they keep adding episodes which I am now manually trimming every night or two. Any insights?
post #1425 of 1428
I just had an X1 STB as well as a satellite box installed for my 2 TVs. Is there a way to playback a recorded show on both TV's at the same time so that playback is synchronized? I'd like to be able to control what is played back on both TVs through one box.

Reason I'm asking is because I have a bunch of friends over to the house to watch sporting events on my 2 flat panel Pannys. Before I got the X1 setup, I used to run a really long coax cable from the output of the old STB directly as an input to the 2nd TV. I'm hoping since Comcast's X1 DVR is a STB/satellite combo, there's a way I can do the same thing w/o having to string out the coax.

Thanks for any help!
post #1426 of 1428
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Originally Posted by CaptainVideoJW View Post

Some new stuff I haven't seen yet. Maybe for an upcoming update?

"Dashboard for XFINITY TV on the X1 Platform
Get details on weather, traffic, sports and more, all from your XFINITY TV on the X1 Platform Dashboard"

https://customer.comcast.com/help-and-support/cable-tv/dashboard-for-xfinity-tv-on-the-x1-platform/

I have that now. I do not believe it is anything new.
post #1427 of 1428
Well it was new as of 6/4/13 when I posted that smile.gif
post #1428 of 1428
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Originally Posted by CaptainVideoJW View Post

Well it was new as of 6/4/13 when I posted that smile.gif

LMAO, I'm sure it was. Not sure what happened there. I quit drinking many moons ago so I can't blame that. smile.gif Have a great Easter.
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