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post #11791 of 11981
A few months ago (around the U.S. Open), there was a story in the news that the Tennis Channel had won a suit against Comcast which would result in Tennis Channel being more widely available besides having to order the Sports Package. That hasn't happened yet. Obviously, it's still tied up in the lawyering, but has anyone heard any updates?
post #11792 of 11981
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Originally Posted by Satcom15 View Post

Ala Carte programming is the way to go and I'll bet the switching and software technology exists to impliment it.
No need to bet, it's absolutely possible The cable companies and the content providers simply have zero incentive to offer it.
post #11793 of 11981
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Originally Posted by Jeremy W View Post

No need to bet, it's absolutely possible The cable companies and the content providers simply have zero incentive to offer it.

Exactly. The way current contracts are structured between cable companies and the channel providers (multiple channels bundled in a contract) is one big reason the cable companies have no incentive to do it.
post #11794 of 11981
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Originally Posted by blitzen102 View Post

Exactly. The way current contracts are structured between cable companies and the channel providers (multiple channels bundled in a contract) is one big reason the cable companies have no incentive to do it.

I wonder though, if subscribers continue to leave, would that force a change in the business model?
post #11795 of 11981
Comcast's IP-Only Set-Top Unveiled

"•Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)'s first IP-only HD set-top box, dubbed the XI3, took a big step toward deployment after a model made by Humax Co. Ltd. was cleared by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) . The FCC filing, first spotted by Wireless Goodness, shows that the device includes HDMI, Ethernet and USB ports along with an SD card slot that could be used for local storage or, as one industry source suggests, as a small live TV buffer.

Comcast declined to discuss its plans for the IP-HD client device, but it's expected to be paired with a primary video gateway (a future version of the X1 gateway is expected to include QAM-to-IP transcoding capabilities) and to eventually support a network DVR that's under development at the MSO.

Comcast plans to source the XI3 fom multiple suppliers. Pace plc is also developing a version of the XI3 based on a Broadcom Corp. (Nasdaq: BRCM) chipset that's expected to be deployed sometime in 2013. Click on the image below to start a brief slideshow of the Humax-made device. (See Humax Takes Comcast Angle Into US Cable and Meet Comcast's IP-Only Set-Top.) "

http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=227466&site=lr_cable&
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Originally Posted by blitzen102 View Post

Comcast's IP-Only Set-Top Unveiled
"•Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)'s first IP-only HD set-top box, dubbed the XI3, took a big step toward deployment after a model made by Humax Co. Ltd. was cleared by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) . The FCC filing, first spotted by Wireless Goodness, shows that the device includes HDMI, Ethernet and USB ports along with an SD card slot that could be used for local storage or, as one industry source suggests, as a small live TV buffer.
Comcast declined to discuss its plans for the IP-HD client device, but it's expected to be paired with a primary video gateway (a future version of the X1 gateway is expected to include QAM-to-IP transcoding capabilities) and to eventually support a network DVR that's under development at the MSO.
Comcast plans to source the XI3 fom multiple suppliers. Pace plc is also developing a version of the XI3 based on a Broadcom Corp. (Nasdaq: BRCM) chipset that's expected to be deployed sometime in 2013. Click on the image below to start a brief slideshow of the Humax-made device. (See Humax Takes Comcast Angle Into US Cable and Meet Comcast's IP-Only Set-Top.) "
http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=227466&site=lr_cable&

Wish I knew what this means and how it works at my house when it becomes available
Is this gonna make my HTPC go the way of the rotary phone?.
post #11797 of 11981
Minneapolis/St. Paul Comcast system will be moving to all-digital around March 2013.
post #11798 of 11981
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Originally Posted by emporio View Post

Hi,
I do have digital economy in HD plus HBO plus Internet. Paying $39 for digital economy in HD, $10 for HBO and $45 for Internet plus taxes. Just short under $100, that was my goal. I receive all channels in in my lineup in HD including local channels.
Thanks.
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Originally Posted by Morac View Post

In my area Comcast offers a double play package they call "Blast Plus" for $79.95.  It comes with Blast! Internet and Digital Economy TV.

https://www.comcast.com/shop/buyflow2/customer/offers.cspx?&Inflow=1

There's a link that says "show lineup" and when I clicked on it, it showed that Digital Economy does include HD channels.  From what I understand, if you get the standard channel, you should get the HD channel, though Comcast charges a $10 "HD Technology Fee" for the privilege.
Thanks guys. What I see when I go to the main Comcast page is a "Blast Plus" promotion being offered for current customers for $69.99 for 12 months. If I try to select it, it has me login to my account, at which point that option is not available, but what is available is a Double Play "Blast Plus" bundle for $79.99, though it doesn't mention the price only being good for 12 months. Other options available to me are some expensive Triple Play options I don't care about, a $29.99 (for 6 months) Blast internet package, and a $29.95 (for 12 months) "Digital Economy" package. There's no mention of HD channels here, and If I click on the "Channel Lineup", the HD channels are not checked-off for "Digital Economy" but the fine print (which I think I quoted earlier) suggests that you can get them, but leaves open the possibility that you might have to pay an added fee for it (it specifically mentions upgrading to an HD box - whereas I already have a cablecard, so I'm not sure if I'd have to pay extra or not).

There are also options for "Basic Cable" at $20.50, which is basically just the major networks, but could be my next "downgrade" eventually to save a few more dollars. My wife got me to reactivate my Hulu+ subscription because of a show she recently got interested in but which we hadn't started recording on our Windows Media Center (so we had missed the first 10 episodes or so). I hate the idea of paying for Hulu+ when I already get the channels and have the capability of recording the shows myself, so I may still treat it as something I deactivate/reactivate as needed, but maybe there will be something on there I'm interested in that I can't get on my own.
post #11799 of 11981
Within the last week Comcast updated here (I'm in Southern NH using a Scientific Atlanta DVR).

The image quality has become insanely compressed and now looks horrid. Has anyone else in the area also noticed this? Artifacts and jagged edges have become much more pronounced immediately following the update.
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Update: Just got off a very long chat with a Comcast rep. First off, they informed me that the $29.99/month (for 6 months) Blast internet service isn't really available to me, even though it shows as being available for me to add to my cart (after I've logged into my account). The $79.99/month Blast! Plus (internet + "Digital Economy" package) is available to me, and isn't a promo price, so I guess I can live with that, since it would be a big savings for me over the overpriced Performance internet + Digital Preferred I have now (about $136 before taxes, cablecard fees, franchise fee), but there's still the question of whether I'll be able to receive the HD equivalents of all of the channels included in that package.

As I already mentioned, if I click on the link for the channel lineups, the "Digital Economy" column doesn't have *any* of the HD channels checked off (not even the locals like NBC), whereas the cheaper "Limited Basic" plan which only includes local networks *does*, but the fine print suggests that you can get an optional HD box with the "Digital Economy" package, which suggests that there should be a way to get them, though an added $9-10 fee might be needed, and still leaves somewhat vague whether my cablecard will get the proper lineup update to pull those in. When I pressed the rep about it, she went to "double check" and told me that HD was not available with this package, which conflicts with what the fine print suggests and others (even in this thread) have indicated about being able to get HD channels with the "Digital Economy" package. But I also know that different areas/markets seem to do their own thing, so it might not be completely out of the realm of possibility that Comcast-Hartford region could do something this pathetic. I've also read online several stories from people who changed their package and their cablecard didn't pull in all of the channels it was supposed to, so that's yet another possibility that could leave me scratching my head and frustrated trying to figure out whether it's a screwup on their end or if they really do intend to block the HD channels, should that sort of thing happen.

At this point, I'm pretty sure that I'm going to give it a shot and see what happens. Worst case, I may get so mad that I'll downgrade all the way to "Limited Basic" and at least know that I'm *supposed* to get the locals in HD, though I'd have to pay full price for Blast! internet, which would end up being about the same $80 price as the bundle with "Digital Economy". But if I have to choose between getting my local networks in HD but no extra channels (like Disney, Food, AMC, etc.) versus getting those extra channels but not getting anything (even locals) in HD, then I'd choose the former. I'm probably wasting too much time ranting about this, so I'll report back when I have the actual results of my experiment.
post #11801 of 11981
The $80/mo. double play should be Digital Preferred tier + Blast internet, not Economy tier (that's what I have and is on their website as a promo for new customers here). Includes all channels in HD.

But as you said, markets vary and Comcast billing is all over the map anyway.
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Originally Posted by slowbiscuit View Post

The $80/mo. double play should be Digital Preferred tier + Blast internet, not Economy tier (that's what I have and is on their website as a promo for new customers here). Includes all channels in HD.

But as you said, markets vary and Comcast billing is all over the map anyway.
Yeah, I guess it's almost impossible to compare these things across markets, because the "Blast! Plus" package they offer here is definitely Blast! + Digital Economy, and my online channel lineup doesn't list the HD channels and leaves it unclear as to how (or if) I can get those HD channels.

But wouldn't you know, I got a Comcast bill in the mail today and it happened to include several pages of upcoming package/pricing changes. I don't know if I can put any more faith in this versus what I see online or the info I get from the online chats, but I suspect this should be the most reliable source of info since it's in writing. If I can trust it, the good news is that I should be able to get HD channels, because they specifically show the Limited Basic lineup as including the HD version of the local channels, and then the "Digital Economy" channel listing states that it includes all of the Limited Basic channels, plus the additional ones listed below, and in that list it shows HD equivalents of all of the Digital Economy channels (e.g., Comedy Central HD, Cartoon HD, AMC HD, Food Network HD, etc.). That still leaves unanswered whether I'll need to pay an extra HD charge, but I'm willing to do that.

As I mentioned above, it also mentions pricing changes taking effect 1/22/23. Among them is a price change for Blast Plus from $79.95 to $82.95, so it sounds like my upgrade/downgrade will have even less of a cost savings.

Another interesting "new" thing is a new package called MyTV Choice. If you're unaware of this, there's info about it here:
www.xfinity.com/mytvchoice

Note that it may not be available in your area. The fine print indicates that they're trialing this new package and it may not last forever. Supposedly it's a move towards a more a la carte-like structure, but not quite. Quite frankly, it doesn't sound terribly appealing to me. Basically, for $93/month, you get a base package of channels + Performance Internet + Voice. The last feature I have no need for as I have an Ooma which gives me free phone/long-distance, but it doesn't seem like they have a double-play or TV-only version of this new MyTV Choice package. There's also a MyTV Choice Plus package for $110/month which includes more channels in the base package. Then, you can add on these extra packs of channels at $10/month each. There's a "News & Info" pack, an "Entertainment & Lifestyle" pack, a "Movies" pack, and a "Kids" pack. There's no mention of HD channels, but I would guess/hope that you can get those, too, but might have to pay the extra HD fee. So, once you add it all up, it doesn't seem like that great of a deal to me, but it might seem like a good deal to people who want/need voice phone service and don't care about having super-fast internet (as it doesn't look like you can upgrade to a better internet service than the Performance Internet these MyTV Choice plans come with).
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Originally Posted by Westly-C View Post

^^ Wow...MyTV Choice essentially is, Digital Preferred in a (not so) fancy new wrapper. Marketing power 101.

Uh, you's better look this over MORE closely...this is HARDLY D-P; at best it includes some pieceparts of it - but it's NOT (full-blown) D-P by a longshot!

At least 1 thing I'll give CC credit...by starting out with "get started", you can at least exclude the (VERY pricy) ESPN & RSN sport channels. Problem is, many (non-sport) channels are totally missing from MTVC...
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^^Yeah, I did jump the gun there. After clicking the link (on the initial CC page) yours led to, I wrongly assumed thanks to not carefully reading-the font size on my browser is displaying a very thin & hard to read light black  Arial, that all those categories would be included. But it's really after selecting a base package (of which there are 2 in a drop down menu bar-''Getting Started'' and ''Getting Started Plus'', that you pick the theme pak you want to go along with G/Started.

Going back, I realized my error, and deleted my post. Not fast enough it seems...rolleyes.gif

post #11805 of 11981
Well, I finally went ahead and switched my TV and internet plans over to Blast! Plus today (Blast internet + Digital Economy TV). Attempting to do it via the web order process looked like it was going to result in them wanting to roll a truck for $35, so I cancelled out of that and tried to do a chat, but no reps appeared after waiting several minutes, so then I went old school and called their number, expecting to be on hold for 30 minutes, but instead got a rep right away. He ended up switching me to an even more knowledgeable rep, and everything supposedly got switched over. As soon as I got off the phone I went to check my TV stations and confirmed that several of them were gone. I was pleased to see, though, that all of the remaining stations still were coming in fine on the HD channels. That was my biggest worry. I think the only channel I'm really going to miss is HGTV. But I won't miss it $60 worth, which is the kind of money I'll be saving now.

I was especially excited about moving up from the Performance Internet plan (I think 15 or 20Mbps down) to the Blast! plan (supposedly 50Mbps down), but so far I'm not seeing those speeds. In fact, a speedtest I did yesterday (while still on the old plan) showed me getting about 25Mbps, which is faster than what I supposedly should be getting. But earlier today, I was only getting about 24Mbps, and a few minutes ago I was getting some really pathetically slow speeds. Super-slow speeds have been a frequent occurrence for me, even when under the old plan. I rebooted the modem (a Motorola 6120) using the web page, but like I mentioned, my next tests were super-slow. I'm going to unplug it altogether and boot it up again next, in case that helps. If I don't start seeing some speeds close to 40Mbps within the next couple of days, I'll be contacting Comcast.
post #11806 of 11981
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Originally Posted by srauly View Post

First off, they informed me that the $29.99/month (for 6 months) Blast internet service isn't really available to me, even though it shows as being available for me to add to my cart (after I've logged into my account).

That's happened to me at least 3 or 4 times to me over the years and it's very annoying. After I log in, they should only show me deals that are available. I always seem to get caught up in some kind of fine print issue. Last time, it was a triple play bundle "available to existing subscribers" but I got all the way to the end and they quoted me a much higher price and told me I was disqualified because I was an existing cable tv customer.

They've got me where they want me, because there really are no other viable high speed internet options where I live.
post #11807 of 11981
fwiw, i've currently got comcast limited-basic TV and the 6-month-blast-internet promo...
Total bill is about $55/month. If the local channels aren't scrambled when the promo ends, I might go with the HBO+blast service for the ~$70/month price, or whatever.
But when/if comcast scrambles the local channels, I intend to cancel all my comcast services and go with Fairpoint DSL & OTA DTV.
(Fairpoint is offering $29.99/month locked-in-price for 4 years for "up to" 15Mbits/sec download rate..)
post #11808 of 11981
3net Adds Comcast to Affiliate Roster

Service Set to Launch for Xfinity TV Subs on Jan. 28

By: Mike Reynolds Jan 23 2013 - 12:42pm

3net has added a fifth affiliate, inking a carriage deal with the nation’s largest distributor, Comcast.

Starting Jan. 28, Comcast’s Xfinity TV subscribers will gain access to fare from 3net, the joint venture of Discovery, Sony and IMAX. Deal terms were not disclosed.

Comcast joins DirecTV, Service Electric Cablevision and Google Fiber in Kansas City in offering the enhanced service on a linear basis. In addition, 3net is carried by streaming service Netflix. Broadband customers of Cablevision, which is participating in Netflix's Open Connect private content delivery network, also have access to select genre fare from 3net.

When 3net bows next Monday, Xfinity subscribers will gain access to three-hour programming sampler that will premiere on Mondays at 7 p.m. (ET) and then encore on Thursdays at the same time, Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 11 a.m New content from the 3net channel service will premiere on Xfinity 3D each Monday at 7 p.m., with exclusive themed weeks debuting from Feb. 11 onward.

"With 3D televisions already in nearly 25 million U.S. households - and industry predictions of dramatic in-home 3D growth in 2013 - today's announcement further solidifies our ongoing commitment to meeting the ever-growing consumer appetite for high-quality, original 3D television content," said 3net president and CEO Tom Cosgrove in a statement. "We're proud to make this special 3net programming sampler available to Xfinity 3D customers nationwide, and we look forward to working with Comcast to grow the in-home 3D market by exposing their audience to the very best in 3net content."

Cosgrove said at this month's CES that 3net would be adding at least one distributor in 2013.

The following are 3net descriptors of the upcoming programming specials:

Monday, January 28:

Storm Surfers (3net Original Series) – This groundbreaking native 3D series follows surfing legends, best friends and larger-than-life personalities Ross Clarke-Jones - a Australian Surfing Hall of Fame inductee - and two-time surfing World Champion Tom Carroll as they work with genius surf-forecaster Ben Matson to hunt down Mother Nature's biggest waves and surf the planet's most dangerous breaks.

NASCAR: The IMAX Experience (IMAX) – In this special, viewers take the wheel for a hot lap with America's favorite spectator sport to experience the excitement of NASCAR racing and feel the roar as 750-horsepower stock cars are unleashed.

A Year in Africa (3net Original Special) - Witness what it takes to survive the elements and to outwit natural enemies. Travel with a herd of elephants in search of water, and go on a guided Big 5 Safari. Visit Africa's largest aquarium to learn about sharks and camp out on a beach to investigate growing up in a seal colony. This is life in the African Wild.

Monday, February 4:

Forgotten Planet (3net Original Series) – This 3D series crosses the globe to reveal some of the strangest places on earth - once vibrant cities now completely devoid of all humanity. Enter the emptiness of the city of Chernobyl, walk the halls and streets of abandoned Hashima Island, the Old West ghost town of Bodie and the transplanted German village of Kolmanskop - abandoned in the Namibian desert.

River Monsters 3D (3net/Animal Planet Original Special) - In southern Africa there are rumors of a deadly fish that lurks unseen in the eerie waters of the Okavango. A killer with shark-like teeth, there are stories of hunting in packs, feeding frenzies on schooling fish...and even human bodies. Jeremy Wade is on a mission to see if he can track down and identify this terrifying river monster.

China Revealed (3net Original Series) - China's beauty is little seen, often hidden and always surprising. This hour-long series explores the thronging cities, epic vistas and spiritual heartlands of this huge and mysterious country in stunning 3D.

Monday, February 11 – "Construction Junction:"

Building the Brand (3net Original Series) – This series explores amazing factories, following the creation of some of the world's most iconic products. From handcrafted Gibson guitars, luxurious Rolls Royce cars, awesome Pierce fire trucks and the U.S. Army's Apache helicopters, viewers can follow the build process from blueprint design to the end of the assembly line.

Super Systems (3net Original Series) – This show pulls back the 3D curtain on some of the most complex systems on the planet, revealing the incredible people, machines and processes that keep the world around us ticking.

Hillbilly Blood: A Hardscrabble Life (3net Original Series) - This program follows the exploits of two experienced mountain men as they demonstrate the kind of backwoods ingenuity required to live off the land and survive the hardscrabble life deep in the mountains of Appalachia.

http://www.multichannel.com/distribution/3net-adds-comcast-affiliate-roster/141350
post #11809 of 11981
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Originally Posted by tveli View Post

fwiw, i've currently got comcast limited-basic TV and the 6-month-blast-internet promo...
Total bill is about $55/month. If the local channels aren't scrambled when the promo ends, I might go with the HBO+blast service for the ~$70/month price, or whatever.
But when/if comcast scrambles the local channels, I intend to cancel all my comcast services and go with Fairpoint DSL & OTA DTV.
(Fairpoint is offering $29.99/month locked-in-price for 4 years for "up to" 15Mbits/sec download rate..)

Are you actually able to have just limited basic and a premium? Around here it seems that you can't have a premium without having extended basic which actually makes extended basic an additional tax. At least that was my understanding unless they may have changed things.
post #11810 of 11981
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Originally Posted by Marcus Carr View Post

3net Adds Comcast to Affiliate Roster

Service Set to Launch for Xfinity TV Subs on Jan. 28
I was actually just thinking about the lack of 3net on Comcast the other day. I'm glad to see we'll be getting a third 3D channel.
post #11811 of 11981
Anyone with Comcast getting all the NHL Center Ice channels in HD? We (Harford County, MD) get SD for channels 1 - 12, and there are HD channels for 1 and 2 (Though so far this season they are only giving me color bars and a hum). Anyone know the plans to further distribute HD channels?
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Originally Posted by iontyre View Post

Anyone with Comcast getting all the NHL Center Ice channels in HD? We (Harford County, MD) get SD for channels 1 - 12, and there are HD channels for 1 and 2 (Though so far this season they are only giving me color bars and a hum). Anyone know the plans to further distribute HD channels?
This thread was started awhile back, Exclusive to AVS - iN DEMAND TeamHD & GameHD each to offer 9 HD channels for cable!, but to date I think there are only about 2 or 3 markets that have anything close to a full compliment of HD channels for these packages, I think Atlanta is the only market with all 9 channels. The San Francisco market only has 2 channels, which is all we've had for years. I maintain a DIRECTV account that I activate every year just for the baseball season as DIRECTV is the only provider in my area that has a full compliment of HD channels for MLBEI.

It's 2013, and to still be watching sports on SD channels is pathetic, but if it's sports you like then the clear choice is DIRECTV, no other provider comes close to their HD sports offerings.
post #11813 of 11981
Hello,
Are there any users here with the Xfinity Xbox app that can report on the availability of content in that app as compared to the set top box On Demand service?

I'm currently using Anyroom DVR, but have recently added an HD Homerun Prime. I intend to build an HTPC with extenders to replace the Comcast DVR and am doing research to determine the ideal configuration for my needs. One of those decisions is Xbox vs. Ceton Echo. Xbox is attractive to me as an extender due to HBO Go and the Xfinity app. I'm wondering though, if the Xfinity app is a suitable replacement for the set top box VOD service. Otherwise, I may need to continue renting at least one STB from Comcast.

(We generally consume the free and subscription content rather than PPV content if that is a factor. I don't own an Xbox now to test with.)
post #11814 of 11981
Brian, I think you are correct. I understand the "HBO+blast" offer includes/mandates extended-basic too.
post #11815 of 11981
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Originally Posted by tveli View Post

Brian, I think you are correct. I understand the "HBO+blast" offer includes/mandates extended-basic too.

I am pretty sure that Blast + HBO deal is just the regular Blast+Dig. Economy double play bundle with the $10 HBO add-on special.
post #11816 of 11981
That too, LongRufus, thank you for re-correcting me about all that!

indeed it was digital-economy that is mandated with that deal, rather than extended-basic - i now recall the rep told me something like that.
Maybe i'll consider getting a cable box in order to try that package, but i'm equally likely to:
- subscribe to blast-internet or some zippy internet without any other service, removing the official comcast "basic service" entirely, saving about $10/month.
- quit comcast entirely and try fairpoint-DSL for a while, and true "OTA only" TV setup. fairpoint is offering a 4-year lock-in on $29.99/month price. that deal has got my attention!

(I don't have much hope of getting the cablecard working with the moxi, unfortunately.)
post #11817 of 11981
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Originally Posted by Vampidemic View Post

Hello,
Are there any users here with the Xfinity Xbox app that can report on the availability of content in that app as compared to the set top box On Demand service?

I'm currently using Anyroom DVR, but have recently added an HD Homerun Prime. I intend to build an HTPC with extenders to replace the Comcast DVR and am doing research to determine the ideal configuration for my needs. One of those decisions is Xbox vs. Ceton Echo. Xbox is attractive to me as an extender due to HBO Go and the Xfinity app. I'm wondering though, if the Xfinity app is a suitable replacement for the set top box VOD service. Otherwise, I may need to continue renting at least one STB from Comcast.

(We generally consume the free and subscription content rather than PPV content if that is a factor. I don't own an Xbox now to test with.)

In case you haven't found an answer to this question yet, I've tried the Xfinity app on my Xbox. The selection of on demand shows is pretty big. The picture quality is horrible though, at my location anyway. I wouldn't give up any set top boxes.
post #11818 of 11981
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Originally Posted by ToneCmdr View Post

In case you haven't found an answer to this question yet, I've tried the Xfinity app on my Xbox. The selection of on demand shows is pretty big. The picture quality is horrible though, at my location anyway. I wouldn't give up any set top boxes.

Thanks for the response. I read similar reports on the Comcast forums. It sounds like the agreements between content providers limit the selection of what content is available on the Xbox. My guess is that many of the content partners have not agreed to HD content being available on the platform yet either. It took a long time for some major networks to have their content available on the STB on demand service, and I recall some that were only available in SD for a long time.

It sounds like the app is only capable of 720p, which would probably suit me fine if the content matched, but the bottom line seems to be that the set top box experience will be better.
post #11819 of 11981
Not hard to figure out why. STB rentals are a revenue stream Comcast would rather not give up. What better way to keep you renting than to give you gimped PQ via anything other than a STB from them.
post #11820 of 11981
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Originally Posted by smithfarmer View Post

Not hard to figure out why. STB rentals are a revenue stream Comcast would rather not give up. What better way to keep you renting than to give you gimped PQ via anything other than a STB from them.
Tivo boxes access the exact same OnDemand content that the STBs do, in the exact same way. I really don't believe Comcast is limiting the resolution on the Xbox 360 to try and drive STB rentals.
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