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FIOS lacks ON DEMAND for TIVO users
jmikula19
Enthusiast

Why does FIOS not have ON DEMAND available to customers using cable cards and TIVO? When I was with Comcast, they allowed cable card users with TIVO's to use the ON DEMAND feature.

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Re: FIOS lacks ON DEMAND for TIVO users
jasonacg
Enthusiast

It's a technical limitation in the technology. CableCARD devices, like TiVo, are one-way devices. Cable boxes provided by Verizon, have two-way communications.

As a user of a Ceton tuner, I'm in the same boat. But with four tuners, I usually have enough programming recorded, that I don't need on-demand.

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Re: FIOS lacks ON DEMAND for TIVO users
gs0b
Super User
Super User

Because FiOS On Demand uses FiOS internet to control and deliver content.  TiVo doesn't have the proper internet connectivity or software to support FiOS On Demand.

Enjoy.

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Re: FIOS lacks ON DEMAND for TIVO users
jasonacg
Enthusiast

It's a technical limitation in the technology. CableCARD devices, like TiVo, are one-way devices. Cable boxes provided by Verizon, have two-way communications.

As a user of a Ceton tuner, I'm in the same boat. But with four tuners, I usually have enough programming recorded, that I don't need on-demand.

Re: FIOS lacks ON DEMAND for TIVO users
jmikula19
Enthusiast

I'm just saying that with all the technology FIOS claims to have, they can not offer what Comcast seems to be able to offer to their customers with cable cards.

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Re: FIOS lacks ON DEMAND for TIVO users
nascar
Master

@jmikula19 wrote:

Why does FIOS not have ON DEMAND available to customers using cable cards and TIVO? When I was with Comcast, they allowed cable card users with TIVO's to use the ON DEMAND feature.


Comcast with Xfinity is doing On Demand with TiVo so it is only a limitaion of Verizon. They could if they wanted to do it.

Re: FIOS lacks ON DEMAND for TIVO users
tns2
Super User
Super User

Any one know what Comcast does that allows TIVO to do On-demand?

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Re: FIOS lacks ON DEMAND for TIVO users
nascar
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Re: FIOS lacks ON DEMAND for TIVO users
Threebicks
Newbie
Comcast video on demand on tivo uses a hybrid system where outbound request for material and transport (play,pause,ff,rw) is sent via IP. Video is sent back to the cable card via the traditional vod method, likely involving a session-based qam video stream sent via the comcast network down the cable line to your tivo.
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Re: FIOS lacks ON DEMAND for TIVO users
Threebicks
Newbie
If anything it's *easier* for vz to implement vod on tivo than comcast. Their vod Is 100 percent ip based. This is not a technical limitation. It's a strategic decision on Verizon's part.
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Re: FIOS lacks ON DEMAND for TIVO users
jmikula19
Enthusiast

Thanks for that information. So what your telling me is that Verizon won't give Tivo users On Demand, because they want to rent thier own equipment to keep making more money. Well when my 2 year contract is up in February, it's back to Comcast for me.

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