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therave

@comcast.net

When will Comcast HD box record more than 2 shows at 1 time?

I have the Motorola DCX3400 cable box and have talked to a Comcast rep about boxes that record more than 2 shows at 1 time or where I can watch 1 show and record 2 others.

AT&T Uverse does that and so does Direct TV. Time for Comcast to get with the technology.


jspeeney

@comcast.net
I am a tech for Comcast. Call customer service and ask for the X1 box. It has 6 tuners 3 of which are active right now to record 3 shows at once. All 6 will be activated eventually.


mikedz4

join:2003-04-14
Weirton, WV
not every area has the x1 box though.

andyross
Premium,MVM
join:2003-05-04
Schaumburg, IL
reply to therave
One thing to remember is that U-Verse is IPTV. It's basically a DSL modem. You just have continuous bandwidth you can split up as needed, and steal from your Internet connection if needed. Also, I think they can only stream 3 (maybe 4) HD's due to minimal bandwidth and heavy compression.

Cable uses separate tuners, although some devices may be starting to use wideband tuners that can tune multiple channels simultaneously (I assume many D3 modems have them now, and it's why D3 channels are typically adjacent to each other). But, I don't know if there are practical 1GHz wideband tuners that don't cost $$$$ yet. It's easy in video to tune one one channel on RF2 (about 52MHz), but then another could be on RF138 (850MHz or so).


not

@comcast.net
Even the latest all piano black HD DVR boxes don't currently record more than 2 shows at one. If they have multiple tuners in them, Comcast has only enabled 2 so far. It's a joke...

Russ6

join:2011-03-17
Houston, TX
kudos:1

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reply to jspeeney
said by jspeeney :

I am a tech for Comcast. Call customer service and ask for the X1 box. It has 6 tuners 3 of which are active right now to record 3 shows at once. All 6 will be activated eventually.

Currently, the X1 box only allows 2 shows to be recorded at the same time, but a third show can be watched live. See »Re: [X1] Xfinity TV on X1 Platform and X1 Remote Control App!


therave

@comcast.net
Read about the X1 online and it looks good, but with some bugs. Is the X1 available in the Connecticut market, specifically Branford.

I've been waiting for Comcast to come out with a much better TV guide in its boxes as the one we have had is pathetic and old.


camper
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join:2010-03-21
Bethel, CT
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reply to andyross
said by andyross:

...I think they can only stream 3 (maybe 4) HD's

The incurable optimist.

Around here, my neighbors are saying that 2 HD channels are a rare pleasure.


Warzau
Premium
join:2000-10-26
Naperville, IL
kudos:1
reply to therave
When will there but multiple tuner more than 2 for anyroom DVR?


camper
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said by Warzau:

When will there but multiple tuner more than 2 for anyroom DVR?

 
The current crop of TiVos are able to record 4 HD channels simulatneously on Comcast. Whenever I have asked the AT&T U-Verse person,who just rang my doorbell, how many simultaneous HD channels I can record on U-Verse, I get a blank stare.

With AT&T's U-verse, my neighbors tell me that the U-Verse infrastructure is problematic in its delivery of two HD channels at the same time.

It appears you confuse the inability to deliver multiple HD channels (i.e., AT&T's U-Verse) with the ability to record the flood of HD channels that Comcast seems to be able to deliver concurrently and simultaneously to the home.


Warzau
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join:2000-10-26
Naperville, IL
kudos:1
No I am not confused, perhaps posed the question incorrectly. I have Comcast anyroom DVR. One hub and two satellite boxes, the hub can only record 2 show at once, as well as not being able to view other channels while recording two shows. I want to know when multiple tuners greater than 2 will be available to record two shows or 3 or etc.

mhornet

join:2003-01-22
Oak Forest, IL
reply to Warzau
said by Warzau:

When will there but multiple tuner more than 2 for anyroom DVR?

When will anyroom be able to set recordings from the slave units?


camper
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reply to Warzau
said by Warzau:

No I am not confused, perhaps posed the question incorrectly. ...

My apologies for my misinterpretation of your comment.

You appear to be running full speed into intentional deficiencies imposed by the bright sparks in Comcast's marketing department.

Sadly, I can offer no solution for the malice they show towards Comcast's customers.

Joe12345678

join:2003-07-22
Des Plaines, IL
reply to mhornet
when you get anyroom from a NON comcarp system or do your own with a cable card box.

Dish , Direct , wow , U-Verse, rcn all offer that as well as more tuners.


Warzau
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Naperville, IL
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reply to mhornet
said by mhornet:

said by Warzau:

When will there but multiple tuner more than 2 for anyroom DVR?

When will anyroom be able to set recordings from the slave units?

Really, I'd like that. I get around that by using the app on a iDevice and start recording a program and then on the satellite units I start playing the current recording, a pseudo DVR if you will I let it run for about 10 min then I can skip, pause,rew as if the satellite was a true DVR.

andyross
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join:2003-05-04
Schaumburg, IL
And a side questions: Given the amount of memory many boxes have, why can't non-DVR's use that as a sort of DVR-style buffer? Even if it's only enough for 5-10 minutes, it can be usable and require nothing more than some programming.


gar187er
I do this for a living

join:2006-06-24
Dover, DE
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then every box you have would be a DVR and would circumvent ads being run by stations....wanna change the fee associated with every box in your house?
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I'm better than you!

andyross
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join:2003-05-04
Schaumburg, IL
It's not a full DVR. You can't record, only buffer. You can rewind back, but you really can't "skip" a commercial without seeing it first anyways unless you physically leave the room.


mikedz4

join:2003-04-14
Weirton, WV
reply to gar187er
they need a system to compete with the hopper and genie.

RalphKramden

join:2007-01-10
Newtown, PA
reply to andyross
said by andyross:

And a side questions: Given the amount of memory many boxes have, why can't non-DVR's use that as a sort of DVR-style buffer? Even if it's only enough for 5-10 minutes, it can be usable and require nothing more than some programming.

They don't offer that because their business model says "you want to pause, rewind, etc. you need a DVR." They probably don't think your suggestion will increase revenue so it's a non-starter.


telcodad
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Lincroft, NJ
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reply to andyross
Actually, in his LRC article about the IP-only XI3 box for the X1 platform (»www.lightreading.com/document.as···lr_cable), Jeff Baumgartner speculated about one possible use for its SD card slot:
And what's with that SD Card slot? The XI3 doesn't have an internal hard drive, so the slot could be used for memory expansion. But it's also plausible that Comcast could use an SD Card as a local, mini-DVR that could buffer a small amount of live TV programming for trick-play functions (pause, fast-forward, rewind, etc.). Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB) toyed with the notion of using an SD Card as a "lite" DVR for a tru2way "set-back" box it showed off in 2010. (See Tru2way 'Phantom' Box Is a DVR Lightweight: »www.lightreading.com/document.as···lr_cable)


telcodad
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said by telcodad:

Actually, in his LRC article about the IP-only XI3 box for the X1 platform (»www.lightreading.com/document.as···lr_cable), Jeff Baumgartner speculated about one possible use for its SD card slot:

And what's with that SD Card slot? The XI3 doesn't have an internal hard drive, so the slot could be used for memory expansion. But it's also plausible that Comcast could use an SD Card as a local, mini-DVR that could buffer a small amount of live TV programming for trick-play functions (pause, fast-forward, rewind, etc.). Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB) toyed with the notion of using an SD Card as a "lite" DVR for a tru2way "set-back" box it showed off in 2010. (See Tru2way 'Phantom' Box Is a DVR Lightweight: »www.lightreading.com/document.as···lr_cable)

Looks like that use is not just speculation, given this statement in a press release from Entropic (»www.globenewswire.com/news-relea···ice.html) on the use of their TSC188 chip in Humax's XI3 box:
The compact Humax device includes recording functionality. The DVR feature works in conjunction with the multi-tuner hybrid gateway server and the on-board SD Card lets the IP set-top-box stream and play back programming using the MoCA specification.

Joe12345678

join:2003-07-22
Des Plaines, IL
reply to gar187er
directv and some other systems does not change a per box drv fee like comcast.

Joe12345678

join:2003-07-22
Des Plaines, IL
reply to mikedz4
the X1 has more tuners but only 3 are tuned on and it does not work in multi room.