Upgrading to Comcast's X1 May Incur $100 Fee for Some
by Karl Bode 08:50AM Tuesday Feb 11 2014 Tipped by owlyn
Comcast's shiny new X1 platform has slowly been getting deployed nationwide, with the company's X2 update coming on its heels offering significantly more set top advancements. However, as users in our forums note, Comcast is sending alerts to users stating that "commencing March 15, 2014, a one-time X1 Platform Upgrade fee of $49.99 may apply to existing Xfinity customers upgrading to the X1 services platform" (some users are charged $100). According to the Comcast website, the X1 Platform Upgrade Fee enables Comcast "to continue developing and enhancing the features of the X1 Platform."
Maybe worth a try but they need to treat existing customers the same as new ones.
There IS competition in pay TV. It's called that DirecTV dish on my roof that is much better but only if they get weather channel back.
TiVo is nice too but only on cable, the DirecTV unit is crap. -- 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.
I had the X1 platform for a little more than a week then I returned it and bought a TiVO. In spite of all its wonderful advances, the interface was laggy and the design was IMHO counter-intuitive at some points.
It's better than the standard "Advanced Guide", but a good deal behind TiVo and even DirecTV in some aspects. The whole interface kinda felt like a poorly-coded flash app...
Better to save your "upgrade free", collect some change and buy a TiVo (which even has ComCast OnDemand access now to boot). -- Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?