Friday, May 24, 2019

The TiVo Xfinity On Demand App is Going Away

Comcast customers using a CableCARD received the email shown below.  TiVo has indicated they are working with Comcast to bring a more modern Xfinity application to TiVo customers.

A home theater/TV PC (HTPC) is a great alternative to using equipment from Comcast, and you can save some money by owning your own equipment.  Ubuntu Studio users with and Firefox Quantum are reporting here that they are able to stream their Xfinity on-demand content.  A Roku device is an alternative, but Comcast may charge an additional monthly fee in the future after the device is activated to use the Xfinity Stream app.
We are writing to let you know that as of June 25, 2019, the Xfinity On Demand app will no longer be available on TiVo devices. This means that Xfinity On Demand content will also no longer be available. Unfortunately, the platform that connects your TiVo device to Xfinity On Demand runs on out-of-date technology that cannot be upgraded or updated. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Please note that no other part of your TiVo experience with Xfinity is changing. You can still watch and record live TV on your TiVo, and none of your existing recordings will be deleted or modified in any way. 
If you want to watch Xfinity On Demand content, please consider any of the following ways:  
  • If you have an Xfinity TV Box in your home, you can still access Xfinity On Demand with that device. If you do not have an Xfinity TV Box, you can call us at 1-800-xfinity and we will be happy to assist you.
  • The Xfinity Stream app and give you free in-home access to all the live and On Demand content that's part of your package on your other devices.
  • You can also access the Stream app on certain streaming devices and smart TVs. Check for details on compatible devices.
Thank you for being an Xfinity customer. If you have any questions, please call us at 1-800-xfinity and we will be able to assist you. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you, and we'll continue to work hard to deliver the best experience possible.
Gene Shatlock
Senior Vice President, Customer Experience

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Motorola MoCA 2.0 Adapter for Ethernet Over Coax with MythTV on Linux

This video describes how to connect a pair of Motorola MoCA 2.0 adapters, shows a local network speed test, and plays a video with MythTV using the MoCA adapters.

The MM1000 MoCA Adapter uses a home’s coaxial cable wiring to create a fast and reliable Ethernet connection between a router and any device with an Ethernet port.  With speeds up to 1,000 Mbps, bonded MoCA 2.0 beats wireless for speed, latency, reliability, and security.  The adapter transmits over the same coax cables as your cable TV or fiber-optic service with no interference.  It does not work with Direct TV, Dish or other satellite TV, AT&T Internet, and AT&T U-verse coax networks.  A point of entry (PoE) filter is included to prevent unauthorized access to your MoCA network.  Setup is easy and requires only connecting the cables with no need for configuring the MoCA adapter or re-configuring your router in most cases. Friendly and professional USA customer support is available, and a two year warranty is included.  Model  MM1002 is a pack of two model MM1000 MoCA adapters.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

HDHomeRun Premium Streaming Cable TV Service Canceled

Edit Match 28, 2019:  SiliconDust has canceled this premium streaming service.  In an email to their customers, SiliconDust assured their customers that they are not done innovating.  The products indicated below remain very useful for cord cutters.

Edit February 14, 2019:  A lawsuit has been filed against Omniverse which alleges that Omniverse does not have the authority to distribute the content that currently makes the HDHomeRun Premium TV service possible according to multiple sources.

SiliconDust's new service allows you to cut the cable cord while keeping a great group of cable channels using your internet connection with at least one HDHomeRun tuner.  The service is compatible with MythTV and other open-source software.  MythTV allows a home theater computer (HTPC) to be a networked digital video recorder (DVR).  Soon after HDHomeRun Premium TV became available, SiliconDust confirmed that the video format is compatible with open-source software, and MythTV users began making it possible to watch and record the content.  More information about how to use the service with MythTV can be found at the MythTV Community Forum, and it will most likely eventually be in the MythTV Wiki.

More Pressure on Cable Companies to not Copy Protect Content

MythTV is compatible with encrypted channels from cable companies using a CableCARD tuner, but it is not compatible with the copy protection that some cable companies use on many of their channels.  Comcast generally encrypts all channels but generally does not copy protect channels other than premium channels such as HBO.  Other cable companies such as Spectrum and Frontier Fios have copy protection on many channels according to multiple sources.  HDHomeRun Premium TV is a viable alternative if your cable company has the highly restrictive copy protection that disallows it to be used with open-source software.

Channels Included

Just $34.99 per month gets you 45 channels in addition to the local channels you can get with an antenna.

Choosing MythTV or HDHomeRun DVR Service

An HTPC with MythTV is very versatile, but it can take time to set up and update as needed.   Choose MythTV if you want to maximize the savings or if you want a system that is highly configurable to your liking.  SiliconDust's DVR service is currently $35 per year.  Choose this DVR service if you want to minimize the time it takes to set it up and keep it updated.  With MythTV, you will need a computer that needs to be powered on when needed to record or play a recording or live TV.  With SiliconDust's DVR service, having a computer that needs to be on when a recording is scheduled is optional if you prefer network-attached storage.

Compatible HDHomeRun Tuners

Not all of SiliconDust's tuners are compatible with HDHomeRun Premium TV.  The service requires an HDHomeRun CONNECT (HDHR-2US), HDHomeRun EXTEND (HDTC-2US), HDHomeRun DUO (HDHR5-2US) or an HDHomeRun QUATRO (HDHR5-4US).