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Comcast Internet On Demand Beta Testing

joekewl1971
10-17-2009, 11:27 PM
The past few days I have been beta testing Comcast's new internet on demand. There is no HD yet. But the fast motion is good, and overall the picture is comparable to SD cable. The selection is unprecedented. HBO and Cinemax have every single movie available, all of them. Have not tried Starz yet. Comcast is improving all the time.

oblioman
10-18-2009, 04:50 PM
me question is, since one has to subscribe to comcast to get internet on - demand,,,what would be so appealing to watch it on the small screen,,,when, since you be a subscriber,,,why not just watch it on the big screen? Will they allow you to use your computer as a dvr?

joekewl1971
10-18-2009, 05:13 PM
I do not watch it on a small screen. My computer is hooked up to my HDTV. The selection is superior too. There is no record capability.

oblioman
10-18-2009, 05:33 PM
I do not watch it on a small screen. My computer is hooked up to my HDTV. The selection is superior too. There is no record capability.

So what enticing advantage does internet on demand have over comcast's regular on demand? Does this mean that me computer would take the place of a rental box? Me could see this being an advantage for the consumer by not having to rent a separate box.

Lee Stewart
10-18-2009, 05:48 PM
So what enticing advantage does internet on demand have over comcast's regular on demand? Does this mean that me computer would take the place of a rental box? Me could see this being an advantage for the consumer by not having to rent a separate box.

If i understand the OP correctly, he is saying that the number of movies offered on Comcast Internet On Demand is much higher than what they offer on their CBL On Demand.

And you can use a PC instead of their STB. Just has to have slots for cable cards - which of course you have to lease from Comcast.

oblioman
10-18-2009, 06:03 PM
If i understand the OP correctly, he is saying that the number of movies offered on Comcast Internet On Demand is much higher than what they offer on their CBL On Demand.

And you can use a PC instead of their STB. Just has to have slots for cable cards - which of course you have to lease from Comcast.

meaning that one has to purchase a tuner for the pc,,,then rent a cable card,,and at this time in standard def,,to get basically what one would normally get via cable. What me questions is comcast going to have two separate streams of on-demand, one for internet and one for cable, with the internet offering more channels?? the only way this would make sense is comcast wanting to get away from the lumpy boxes (expensive) and move towards the much cheaper card.

joekewl1971
10-18-2009, 06:22 PM
No cable card, or computer tuner is required to use the internet. You need Comcast TV, and Comcast internet. For the third time, the advantage is selection. An entire month worth of HBO, and Cinemax is available. That is every movie that is on the regular cable.

oblioman
10-18-2009, 06:32 PM
No cable card, or computer tuner is required to use the internet. You need Comcast TV, and Comcast internet. For the third time, the advantage is selection. An entire month worth of HBO, and Cinemax is available. That is every movie that is on the regular cable.

Not to disregard your beta testing in all of this, just trying to understand the advantage. if one needs comcast internet and comcast cable (one cannot get the internet without basic cable), what difference is there? You say that they offer all the channels, but does not comcast advertise 10,000 channels on demand for regular service? And what are the added cost's in your location? And what are the added channels?

joekewl1971
10-18-2009, 06:51 PM
I am in Shoreline WA and I had always figured my cable came from Comcast in Shohomish County. I found an ad on the Fancast web site that encouraged me to give my email address to be a Beta tester for internet on demand. I use Netflix, and Hulu from the internet on my HDTV. They said after 24 hours I would get an email. Typical of Comcast they did not send the email. After a month I searched the Fancast sight. Found the log in instructions, that was about a week ago.

I am curious if any body else has heard about this around the country, or is using it.

Starz Play is also on Netflix.

joekewl1971
10-18-2009, 06:59 PM
Not to disregard your beta testing in all of this, just trying to understand the advantage. if one needs comcast internet and comcast cable (one cannot get the internet without basic cable), what difference is there? You say that they offer all the channels, but does not comcast advertise 10,000 channels on demand for regular service? And what are the added cost's in your location? And what are the added channels?

DVR requires you to look at the TV guide ahead of time. DVR you keep the copy. (They retain the right to cut us off of that too really.) On demand, cable and internet is limited time. They are pretty much the same.

The Fancast stuff I am using does not cost anything additional. The channels are typical. I have used Cinemax and HBO. Fancast has free tv too, including for anybody. www.fancast.com

oblioman
10-18-2009, 07:13 PM
what the hell,,,the fancast has a hulu logo,,,and to put it mildly,,,is not a very good picture. tried two different movies,,,and both would not pass as sd. But do keep us posted if you find any HD material that is worth looking at.

Lee Stewart
10-18-2009, 08:08 PM
Comcast adds Starz to On Demand Online trial

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10283487-93.html

CBS, Comcast On Demand Online partnership faces off premium vs. free internet streaming; 17 cable channels jump onboard

http://www.engadget.com/2009/07/14/cbs-comcast-on-demand-online-partnership-faces-off-premium-vs/

Bark4Soul
10-18-2009, 11:52 PM
You can have HSI only, u dont need cable, well in some markets, here in Denver u can have everything seperately

oblioman
10-19-2009, 10:59 AM
You can have HSI only, u dont need cable, well in some markets, here in Denver u can have everything seperately

What do they charge you for HSI as a standalone? In our area HSI is $63 a month (which includes the very basic cable).