Originally Posted by dryeye
I really hate the 720p signal Comcast delivers for its own pay tv. It should be a high crime to call 720p HD in 2019. In 2009? Yeah sure ok. But no way in hells is that acceptable in todays 4k environment. So sad
720p is absolutely HD, as is 1080i. The problem with Comcast is not the resolution, it's the bitrate and compression. Look at a good Fox station that isn't sharing with other channels. They broadcast in 720p, and it can look spectacular. Same for ESPN on cable providers that don't over-compress.
Originally Posted by Keenan
So the X1 box doesn't even connect to your own local network? That's different.
The first few generations of X1 don't connect to your network at all. My parents have an XG1 and Xi3 that are their own little self-contained world from their eMTA, which feeds phone and their router. The newer generations can cross-connect if you have an XB6 and a wireless X1 box, and the latest setups are all-IP, which use the XB6 and wireless boxes entirely.
Originally Posted by Channel99
Nearly all cable boxes have remote access capability mainly intended to allow remote diagnosis of signal issues when a customer reports a problem - but it does show the channel the box is tuned to, and probably if an HDMI-connected TV is on or off. The info could be used to gather ratings info or build a customer profile, if desired. A web-connected TV would theoretically have access to far more data though - web browsing, streaming, accounts and passwords, possibly DVD's played, and also what else is on the home network.
X1 reports a LOT more data than the legacy Motorola/Sci Atlanta boxes. X1 reportedly uploads every button press to the cloud, so they know exactly what you're watching and when. With the legacy boxes, I'd be surprised if they could gather bulk data of even what channel you're on or what you're recording, as they were never really designed for that. Obviously they can track QAM VOD, since that's logged on the server end.