by Jonathan Takiff, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Comcast wants your old cable field, demanding that you swap it down for a unique one.
Initially, the pitch appears appealing. Would youn’t desire the added interactive features, much much deeper mixture of cable and internet networks, and sound control available these days because of the X1 platform and cable receivers? To have it, you are going to need to call it quits your box that is old your stash of championship game moments, comedy bits, favorite movies, and never-to-be-rerun concert programs.
While satellite television receiver/DVRs from Dish system and DirecTV enable customers to go or keep programs for a outside drive that is hard could be attached to a unique receiver, that choice isn’t available with Comcast Xfinity or Verizon FiOS bins.
Relating to a Comcast supply, there is no solution to move recordings straight from a vintage model to a brand brand new one. Nonetheless, just about 5 % of clients continue to have the outdated bins.
There isn’t any legal recourse for the increasing loss of past tracks. individual agreements which are finalized before activating devices hold that the supplier or maker cannot be held accountable for significantly more than the expense of the equipment if or once the product does not perform.
So which set-top boxes are increasingly being targeted? The reasonably older ones (see below). Comcast’s local senior vice president Jim Samaha recently sent a letter to those customers impacted.
Germantown, Philadelphia resident Tom Di Nardo ignored the initial few letters: “I’m constantly getting mail from Comcast.” Then this previous week-end, warning communications started arriving on their television every 15 minutes declaring their solution had been going to be disrupted.
“Older containers like yours can not keep pace with brand new features and can lose HD networks. Therefore we’d want to offer you a brand new one.”
This removal of high-definition stations on older cable containers is occurring because Comcast changed the real method it sends signals.
Initially, a few hundred channels had been moved simultaneously through cable lines to a set-top field, where customers tuned in the people they desired. Now, using the X1 platform and an even more MPEG-4 that is refined compression scheme, only the channel you have chosen is streamed to your cable field as a much smaller file.
That radical change frees up the bandwidth to carry extra HD and Ultra-HD networks and, more essential, faster internet service that Comcast may need to depend on in the event that trend to streaming movie companies, like Netflix, Hulu, Sling TV, and Amazon, continues. The tech that is new provides much more recordable program storage space, “in the cloud,” that won’t disappear in the event that you change boxes once more.
East Mount Airy, Philadelphia resident Elayne Bender has already been mourning the increasing loss of favorite episodes associated with the Voice and “classic Saturday Night Live bits” which will vanish whenever she swaps out her present cable field.
Di Nardo, a longtime traditional music critic and author, is bemoaning the 18 hours associated with the Metropolitan Opera’s Ring Cycle – a $16 million homage to Wagner’s masterwork – which he dutifully recorded on WHYY’s Y2 arts channel in hd.
To make certain that all is certainly not lost, he is now in the middle of copying those programs by way of a DVD recorder – an item that Toshiba, Panasonic, and Magnavox quit making a few years back but could nevertheless be found in limited quantities online swoop. “The transfer to movie disk is time intensive – this has to be achieved in realtime – together with display quality is standard meaning, not too good,” Di Nardo stated. “But it beats recording the operas having a camera or a smartphone held up while watching TV screen.”
Obsolete Comcast cable field models
DCH3416, DCT6200, DCH3200, DCT6412, DCT3416, DCT6416, DCT5100, DCH6200, DCT3412, and DCT6208. If an installer is sent to your residence, a $60 solution charge will soon be charged. Nonetheless, when you can do so your self, you spend nothing and acquire a free return label for the old field.
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