Originally Posted by commodore_dude
So... MPEG 4? SDV? Just trying to get rid of all non-X1 equipment?
On that HD Enhanced webpage they also make a separate push for X1, but that's not what this box swap is about.
The new box has 3X more DVR storage and "better TV quality picture" -- but again Comcast wouldn't make this scare tactic that I may lose HD channels if I don't get the new box, unless something else
significant was happening.
"You must respond quickly...Without the new box you will risk losing access to a number of your HD channels."
Also why are they saying this has something to do with faster Internet speeds
? This is HDTV/DVR in my living room, not my cable modem (which I own).
But since they mentioned it, the only thing having to do with faster internet speeds that would also affect TV is fiber. And Google Fiber + TV is
coming to the Atlanta area.
Has to be some kind of architectural system change to stay competitive with Google Fiber?
I have an older Motorola dual tuner HD/DVR box. And whatever Comcast/Xfinity change is making "on or about June 30, 2015"
means that my box can't handle it with a "software update".
By the way, I see Comcast is rolling out fiber in Atlanta. I'm on the Vinings "headend" -- but I live in the Kennesaw/Acworth area, and I don't live in an exclusive neighborhood. Where I live wouldn't be the first to get anything new, that would be areas where Google Fiber is coming. So, a little bit of a mystery.
Comcast Says It’ll Bring Ultra-Fast Internet to U.S. by 2016
COMCAST SAYS IT will soon compete head-on with Google Fiber.
In a blog post today, the company announced plans to offer internet speeds of up to 2 gigabits per second to the majority of its nearly 22 million subscribers by the end of the year. That’s about twice as fast as the ultra-high-speed service Google is now offering in three US cities, and 80 times as fast as Comcast’s standard broadband internet plan.
“We’ll first offer this service in Atlanta and roll it out in additional cities soon with the goal to have it available across the country and available to about 18 million homes by the end of the year,” the blog post says.
For those not within proximity of Comcast’s fiber optic pipes, the company is experimenting with a new version of a network protocol called DOCSIS, which will enable the company to deliver much faster speeds over traditional coaxial connections.
“We hope to begin rolling out DOCSIS 3.1 in early 2016,” the blog post says. “And when fully deployed, it will mean almost every customer in our footprint will be able to receive gigabit speeds over our existing network.” That should be considerably less expensive to install since it will rely on the company’s existing infrastructure, but Comcast is being much less specific about who will receive this service and when.
What they don't understand is it's not just about speed, it's also about price. Google is offering 1GB speed for $70 per month. Comcast is currently offering 1/2 GB speed for $400 per month. In a bundle deal here's what you get:
- Google Fiber (1000 mbps) + TV (with 150 HD channels) = $120 per month
- Comcast Performance Internet (25 mbps) + TV (Digital Starter with HD/DVR) = $150-something. My current bill. I don't even have a settop box on the office HD TV, just an HD adapter box