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I am switching from Direct to Comcast; what might I expect in terms of STB's the technician will install?
I have 6 TV's, 2 of which are 4k capable. All are HDMI. I have ordered DVR service, and at most I can see concurrent recording of 3 different shows while watching another. We do have frequent house guests, and they may well be watching something else, either live or Netflix.
It appears that some STB's are "clients" and have no tuner. Is this what will be provided? I have two locations where a larger box is not an issue, and the others would best be behind the wall mounted TV.
It looks like the latest DVR is the XG1V4. Can I expect that, insist on it for 4K? I do not use TOSLINK in any location, only HDMI. Can boxes be upgraded at a later date, I do have a local store but they have not been very helpful even when I tried to determine if remotes were IR, RF, and or IP. Will all the STB's come with the latest voice remote?
Just a follow up to the install process which overall went well.
I wound up with (1) XG1, (2) XG2, and (3) Xi3 devices. The installer, a contractor, knew very lirttle of the new DVR and certainly did not have one on his truck. Initially the Xi3 at the most remote location was a little flakey but seems to have settled down now. I am not sure how it determines what tuners to use but there are more than enough for it to choose from. The installer knew very little of the new DVR, and certainly did not have one on his truck.
The internet worked right away and is a HUGE improvement over my past ATT Uverse, (really DSL at my rural location). This was the main reason for the change from Directv, otherwise I was not a dissatisfied customer of Directv/ATT.
I felt the voice remote may be a bit of a gimmick but it works very well and is ideal from a standpoint of changing service providers since channel assignments are not the same. No more remembering channel numbers!
One minor angst, not unique to Xfinity, is the power cords for each STB. Since in my case all the installer really had to do was replace the Directv box with an Xfinity box, it would have been easier were there a "standard" power cord. Some of these units have a two tailed bricks for power, some have a wall wart that does not fit in any type of wall recess receptacle, and others have a direct 120VAC power cord. I like to prepare ahead of time with properly surge protected receptacles but these variations make it a challange.
All in all, happy customer so far!
Let us know how you like the picture quality. In my area, the Comcast pic quality is a substantial step down from DirecTV's. Their guide I felt was also a substantial step down, the channel numbering follows no logic, unlike DirecTV's, which had excellent grouping and numbering.
I thought the channel lineup didn't make sense at all either at first switching from DTV to Xfinity. However, now it makes much more sence, my local channels that were 16, 22, 28, 38, 44, 58, 64 on DTV all you have to do is add a 10 in front of them so now they are 1016, 1022, 1038, 1038, 1044, 1058, 1064, also the cable channels in the 1000's seem to be somewhat organized together, at least in my area, all the FX channels are grouped together, Disney, Nickelodeon are all grouped together. But with the voice remote you really don't even need to worry just tell it what channel to turn to. It does mess up sometimes, it can't understand if you say to turn to A&E, and that's one thing that gripes me.