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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 09-10-2006, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
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Comcast dvr question

if you have comcast can you run tivo or just have to use there dvr receivers?

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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 09-10-2006, 10:06 AM
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As far as i know you have to rent a DVR from them. It's around $10 a month

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if the cable box has analog output connections, there's no reason it won't work with an existing tivo box.

the tivo should still be able to establish a guide for your area and control the cable box to change channels
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The Comcast DVR sucks ass. I am almost ready to toss mine out the window. It lags like a mofo. I unplug it and reboot it once a week but it still lags. Only reason why I keep it is it records in HD.

My Philips DirecTivo box was the best I ever had. Upgraded to 200hours, lightning fast and the Tivo features are leaps and bounds better than the Comcast DVR.

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The Comcast DVR sucks ass. I am almost ready to toss mine out the window. It lags like a mofo. I unplug it and reboot it once a week but it still lags. Only reason why I keep it is it records in HD.
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+3 Min lags like a mofof too. Hate it, yes. Hit more remot butons when it lgas. Mkes dvr worse but make me feel beter.

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+3 Min lags like a mofof too. Hate it, yes. Hit more remot butons when it lgas. Mkes dvr worse but make me feel beter.
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What's the alternative to Comcast's HD DVR? A $300 DTV DVR with less programming, PITA locals, and needing dual coax? No thanks. It's not the greatest, but its the best choice out there for HD right now in my area.

Im waitng for the Comcast Tivo they've been working on due later this year.
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What's the alternative to Comcast's HD DVR? A $300 DTV DVR with less programming, PITA locals, and needing dual coax? No thanks. It's not the greatest, but its the best choice out there for HD right now in my area.

Im waitng for the Comcast Tivo they've been working on due later this year.

yeah, rumor has it, it's a different box, instead of the Motorola box it's a box made by some other company, right?

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I cannot recall the manufact....but Tivo and Comcast did enter into an agreement earlier this year to offer a Tivo based box for Comcast.
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I cannot recall the manufact....but Tivo and Comcast did enter into an agreement earlier this year to offer a Tivo based box for Comcast.
and thats comming at the end of the year? does anybody know who we will have to call to get one when it does come out?

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I cannot recall the manufact....but Tivo and Comcast did enter into an agreement earlier this year to offer a Tivo based box for Comcast.
Here is all I know...this is just what I've heard though. Some of the information could be incorrect.

Panasonic is the mfg for the new Tivo/Comcast box. I believe it has 3 tuners which will be nice as well. This new box will be released in some markets in the last quarter of 2006 last I heard. To get the new box with the new software your DVR service fee will go from $5 per month to $15.

There will also be an option to keep your current box and get a software upgrade to a Tivo based interface. This is great and all, but I don't believe there will be any improvement with the lag since everything I've heard points at the fact it's a hardware not a software issue with the current boxes. To upgrade to the Tivo software and keep your current Motorola box, your DVR service fee will go from $5 to $10 per month.
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It is in fact a hardware issue you guys are dealing with. the old Motorola box's do not have fans and get extremely hot which adversely affects hard drive performance. stack them with other equipment and the affect is even worse. I had the same problems them one day the null drive finally went out. I called comcast, got a newer version of the Motorola box that has a built in fan, I havent had any problems since. lag is gone.




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It is in fact a hardware issue you guys are dealing with. the old Motorola box's do not have fans and get extremely hot which adversely affects hard drive performance. stack them with other equipment and the affect is even worse. I had the same problems them one day the null drive finally went out. I called comcast, got a newer version of the Motorola box that has a built in fan, I havent had any problems since. lag is gone.
ive had the newer fan equipped and older non fan equipped Motorola boxes, basically same problems... I actually switched to a different remote (went with a universal, and that helped) believe it or not

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What's the alternative to Comcast's HD DVR? A $300 DTV DVR with less programming, PITA locals, and needing dual coax? No thanks. It's not the greatest, but its the best choice out there for HD right now in my area.

Im waitng for the Comcast Tivo they've been working on due later this year.
Yes and overall its a good solution. As far as dual coax, you just need a good splitter.

Downsides are the TV Guide is not as good or reliable, the HDD makes a lot of noise (some models may be better) and it changes the channel on you sometimes if you have it off while you watch TV.

Plus side is no subscript fee, input for a camcorder and other devices like a laptop and you have a DVD player/burner on it. Easy to use video edit tool as well.

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It is in fact a hardware issue you guys are dealing with. the old Motorola box's do not have fans and get extremely hot which adversely affects hard drive performance. stack them with other equipment and the affect is even worse. I had the same problems them one day the null drive finally went out. I called comcast, got a newer version of the Motorola box that has a built in fan, I havent had any problems since. lag is gone.

How hot is normal for the boxes to get? It's gotta be well over 100 degrees inside my entertainment center. I'm tempted to take a hole saw and blow a few big holes in the back of it to try and get some airflow through there. I open the doors on it when I have everything on but the Comcast box gets hot even when it's turned off. Mine has the fan, I can hear it running.

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I'm not sure what normal operating temperatures are...

But if you hit the power button then immediately after hit the OK/Select button (might have to hit it twice) this will bring up the the box diagnostics. Don't worry about screwing anything up, all of this is read only. There should be a line for box temperature. You'll be able to see what temperature it is operating at and can maybe dial in where it is screwing up.
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Tivo is coming out with an HD DVR later this year and they've already come out with a dual tuner DVR. I've had Tivo for over a year and no complaints, in fact I think its awesome. The only thing that I wish I had was a dual tuner so I could record the Bears game and The MotoGP race at the same time Sunday. Another thing I love about my tivo is I have it connected to my home network and can transfer recorded programs to my computer and burn to DVD.

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I like my DirecTV HD TiVo box. It works Great! The new boxes they're coming out with will have their own version of a DVR, Not TiVo. I hope it's just as good.

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