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Comcast TiVo boxes spotted in the wild

by Brad Linder, posted Oct 22nd 2007 3:01PM
Comcast TiVo boxesIt's finally happened. Comcast has started rolling out TiVo software to a handful of New England customers. Dave Zatz has managed to snag some screenshots of the interface, as well as pictures of the Motorola set top box and the co-branded TiVo/Comcast remote control.

And you know what? I'm not really that impressed. Sure, it's pretty cool that you can order on-demand videos from Comcast and schedule TiVo recordings using the same box and remote. But as far as we can tell, the interface looks almost exactly the same as the first screenshots we saw almost a year ago.

I'm sure that over the last 10 months Comcast and TiVo have been working out a lot of the kinks under the hood and testing the heck out of this service to make sure it works as smoothly as possible. But I kind of would have expected a few bonus features to have been thrown in over the last few months. Maybe it's just me, but it's hard to get excited about something that kind of looks like last year's technology.

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October 23 2007 at 1:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The basic TiVo interface hasn't significantly changed since 1998 (nor do I think it should); why would you think it would change between last year and now? The reason this is a big deal is that its a chance for Comcast customers to get a better (supposedly) interface/experience than they currently have to suffer with the existing Comcast boxes. If over the last year they've improved the back-end (faster menus, eliminate "button lag", etc), then it was a year worth spending, IMO. Heck, TiVo needs to work on that with their stand-alone boxes.

October 22 2007 at 6:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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