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24 August 2009 @ 11:14 pm
bad comcast  
So comcast is forcing us to switch to digital before the end of the year, but the boxes they sent us use this weird new IR protocol that both our replay and our universal remote do not speak. The big box might listen to our universal remote, but I'm not holding out hope that our now, by eletronic's standards, ancient replay will be able to talk to anything.

Not happy.
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Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on August 25th, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC)
To be fair is was officially called ReplayTV and I didn't capitalize it in my post as a brand name. It was also called the "Showstopper."

Regardless, just because he didn't recognize it as a DVR there's no need to be hostile.

But yes, I *heart* my replay. I dread the idea of it becoming a paper weight. *sigh*
Jeredjered on August 25th, 2009 08:46 pm (UTC)
So, theoretically you should be able to buy your own digital cable box that takes a CableCARD, and Comcast is legally required to give you a CableCARD. (RCN doesn't even charge for the first one.) Normally these are integrated into high-end HDTVs, but this is how you use a TiVo HD as well, and you can just get decoders that do the same thing.

If you don't care about HD (which the ReplayTV can't handle), you could go with a super low-end one like a Motorola DCH70, which is small and only does analog SDTV output. It's a Motorola, so I bet the ReplayTV can talk to it.

I say this "theoretically", though, because I can't find anywhere online that sells new, in-box DCH70s (or DCH100s, or DCH200s, etc.) There are some on eBay, which should work if they're real. You could also call up Comcast and ask if you can buy (or rent) a Motorola cable box that would be compatible.

Of course, cost-wise at this point you might be better off getting a TiVo HD, which is solving a different problem (and leaves out feature you want).
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on August 25th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
All the options seem to be too pricey, especially given the quality of TV these days and the underlying cost of the cable. TVio costs $15/month for the schedule services, so if we do get a new DVR it will be from comcast since even their HD PVR is only ~$16/month, unless there's a hidden fee we don't know about.

We're really thinking at this point to just wait until they stop supplying analog cable and then cancel. It really seems the best thing.
chenoamegchenoameg on August 26th, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
Oooh, an option. Makes Meg happy.
The Water Seekerplymouth on August 26th, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
I don't think that was hostile - it was incredulous.