The lack of more than 2 tuners is only temporary. In Boston, they'll be opening up 5 tuners probably in the May-July timeframe. The box is capable, but there's more work involved before that gets released.
I just switched from Comcast to DirecTV and there is a 1000 percent improvement in the picture quality. I was hoping to get an X1 box but I find it unethical to give preferential treatment to new customers. And my phone (soon to be switched to Verizon landline for better reliability) and Internet just went out tonight.
So then it would be unethical for DirecTV to give you (as a new subscriber) a free HR34, when existing customers have to pay $300? It would be unethical for DirecTV to give a you a free C31 when existing subscribers have to pay $100 for that, right? And it would be unethical for DirecTV to provide you with a free year of NFL Sunday Ticket Max when existing subs pay $300 for that, right? -- Dale Jr, Riding Daddys Coattails Since February 18, 2001!
What I am saying is companies should reward loyalty by not jacking the price up 200 percent after a promotion expires.
I have a trick towards getting new customer promotions by flip-flopping between providers. Hard to do with Internet as it is cable or DSL but switching between DirecTV and Comcast for TV works for me and my bank account. When my DirecTV promotion expires completely at the end of my contract, I'll have some leverage. -- I've experienced ImOn (when they were McLeod USA), Mediacom, Comcast, and Time Warner and I currently have DirecTV. They are much better than broadcast TV.
quote:What I am saying is companies should reward loyalty by not jacking the price up 200 percent after a promotion expires.
You mean like what's going to happen to your DirecTV bill in 12 months from now? Youre calling Comcast unethical, for the samething thing your new found love, DirecTV is doing. So who exactly is being unethical here and why is it unethical to provide an incentive for people to switch from the competition?
Would you rather not have promos and be charged the MSRP from day 1? When I first got satellite TV, there were no special intro rates, and there were no deals. The cost of a two room Dish Network system with the most basic receiver you could get was about $800, and that included the $100 installation free, as those had to be paid back them as well
quote: I have a trick towards getting new customer promotions by flip-flopping between providers.
Dont give yourself too much credit. You didnt invent that. Youre not the only one that does that, many do. -- Dale Jr, Riding Daddys Coattails Since February 18, 2001!
Already obsolete at the get-go. I don't see any mention of Wi-Fi capable. How about Network DVR capable. Multiple tuners is way outdated. The only device that should have a tuner is your Docsis 3 modem with 8-16-24 bonded channels to deliver bandwidth for the set top box. The service should be entirely delivered over IP with HTML5 GUI that can be changed/updated on the fly.
Thank you! Wow...this is light years ahead of what what my current STB can do. I really like the GUI. Thanks again for the info.
Other than that, it's nice to know Comcast finally addressing the sorry nature of their current stb fleet.
At least Comcast is trying. Set top apathy seems to be a general problem with cable companies. TWC took over Comcast's systems here 7 years ago, but we still have Comcast's iGuide, with some tweaks to add StartOver and LookBack.
I've also noticed that brand new customers still sometimes get DCT6416s. 160GB of MPEG-2 HD is laughable. -- AT&T U-Hearse - RIP Unlimited Internet 1995-2011 Rethink Billable.
Hi All, I'm currently a comcast subscriber in Jacksonville,fl, and have been for year's now. Upon reading this post, it sounds 'interesting'.... as is mentioned, comcast states " it will be deployed in every major city by the end of 2013 ". The way that statement reads... it sounds as if the comcast subscriber's like myself are going to be out of luck for deployment in 2013. I'm so ready for a 'major' change here of some kind. I truly enjoy trying out new technology, actually I tend to 'thrive' on it...come on comcast, please get with it, hopefully you care enough about your subscribers to do so.
I just want to know if going this direction would ever be able to save me money. Currently, the biggest issue I have with the pricing scheme is the $17.95 for each additional HD DVR that I am renting from Comcast.
If this new box will eventually allow me to record at least 3 shows simultaneously while being able to watch a live or recorded show on any other TV, that is all I need.
What is cheaper, 4 separate HD DVRs, or an X1 on one TV and associated equipment for the other 3 TVs?
does this box employ? How does it differ from a regular STB other than IP functionality? Thanks.
slowing down of your internet when you have the TV on[just like uverse]
Sorry, this makes no sense. Comcast is NOT replicating U-verse's architecture with this. U-verse is full IP TV, so everything comes in via the internet connection. And what's worse, U-verse is limited by the pipe they have going to your house. Twisted pair isn't exactly a big pipe. Comcast will still be using QAM for all their feeds to your house. TV viewing will in no way slow down internet service with this set up. It's no different than what they have today. All that will happen is that if you decide to use some of the IP features of the STB, you're going to share the internet bandwidth for that. But there's a HUGE difference between updating your facebook status via your TV and getting all your programming in via an IP feed. If anything, this takes Comcast a step closer to the same architecture that Verizon uses for FiOS (which is the service I have). And trust me, I see no degredation in internet speed just because someone is watching TV.