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Old 05-20-05, 04:02 PM
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Comcast DVR vs. TiVo question?

Im not sure if this is in the right forum but Ill ask anyway. I currently have Tivo but have been experiencing many problems with channel changing (Ive tried the fort, it didnt work and Comcast doesnt support serial ports). So Im considering switching to Comcast's DVR. My question is what Tivo features/services/ease of use will I be losing if I were to switch?
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The Comcast DVR's recording methodolgy is different. The season pass feature isn't as good, and you can't prioritize in case of conflicts. Moving around within the program isn't quite as easy. Also, I've noticed that it sometimes misses recordings for unknown reasons.

The one positive is that you will get 2 tuners with the Comcast DVR, so you can record 2 things at once.

Personally, what I would recommend is get the cable DVR and use both it and the TIVO. I use 2 Replay-TVs and a dual tuner Comcast HD-DVR. Split your cable and use your TIVO solely to record analog channels (don't have to worry about the IR blaster then). Use the Comcast DVR to record everything else.
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What kind of troubles are you having wiht the channels. I found out if the remote sensors arent off the edge at least an inch or so it doesnt chaneg properly..u could try that
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Originally Posted by Red Dog
you can't prioritize in case of conflicts.
Yes you can. There's a Series Priority List area to rank them.
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Switch from digital cable to regular cable, so that you don't need the converter box?
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Originally Posted by GuessWho
Yes you can. There's a Series Priority List area to rank them.

Not on mine. I have an Explorer 8000.
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I'd dump Comcast before I'd dump Tivo.

I solved my channel-changing woes (when I had Comcast and ReplayTV) by switching to DirecTV and getting DirecTivo. I haven't looked back.
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Im currently using analog cable but paying for the cable box as I will eventually be getting digital back. Can I use Tivo to handle the analog cable channels while I have digital cable on the TV via a splitter. At one time I had Tivo running off of my digital cable along with analog cable, and the ability to save rivo stuff on my VCR. Is that all possible?
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Originally Posted by gmal2003
Im currently using analog cable but paying for the cable box as I will eventually be getting digital back. Can I use Tivo to handle the analog cable channels while I have digital cable on the TV via a splitter. At one time I had Tivo running off of my digital cable along with analog cable, and the ability to save rivo stuff on my VCR. Is that all possible?

Yep. You'll have to change your TIVO channel setting though to get the analog lineup in your area.
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Isn't Comcast the cable company that licensed TiVo for their boxes? If so, it's probably only the matter of a year or so before you're converted. I don't know if that might help make your choice...
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I believe the Comcast Tivo boxes aren't due until 2007.
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That long, huh? It's hard to believe anything takes that long to roll out in this day and age.
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Originally Posted by Jimmy James
That long, huh? It's hard to believe anything takes that long to roll out in this day and age.

TiVo may have an exclusivity agreement with DirecTV up until that point.
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http://news.com.com/TiVo,+Comcast+re...3-5616961.html

I don't see any later news than that when I do a quick search, but there may be some. It indicates the roll-out should happen in mid to late 2006, though.

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