Just a few days ago, I decided to drop my Tivo service and start renting an Xfinity XG1v4 DVR. This was primarily due to Comcast discontinuing support for on-demand on Tivo. Before I made the decision to drop the Tivo, I had heard of the Xfinity Stream App and had tried to get it installed on my Samsung QN49Q6FAM TV (purchased in Feb 2018). That TV is currently running S/W version T-KTMAKUC-1280.5. My first attempt to get the Xfinity Stream App installed was unsuccessful due to the App search function not working on my TV. I assumed that the search failure meant the Xfinity Stream App was not supported on my TV. Just today, I tried again after re-running the Setup for my Samsung TV. All of a sudden the search worked, it found the Xfinity Stream Beta App, and I installed it. It works!
I am now rethinking my decision to drop Tivo. I'm now considering buying a Tivo Edge DVR and returning my Xfinity XG1v4 box back to the Comcast store. My current Tivo DVR (still in my possession but turned-in my Mcard) is a Roamio.
My question is: Should I get On-demand operation through my Samsung TV with functionality as good or better than an Xfinity XG1v4 DVR? For the other activities watching live TV and on-box recordings, I am fairly confident I will like the Tivo Edge user interface better than the Xfinity XG1v4 DVR. This is based on my initial impression of the XG1v4 DVR user interface compared to the Tivo Roamio box I've had for several years. Just looking for some opinions here. Thanks.
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For the past 11 years, up until today, I have been using a Tivo DVR (most recently a Roamio). Due to Comcast discontinuing VOD support for Tivo, as of today, I switched over to an Xfinity XG1v4 Comcast DVR. I went with the XG1v4 because I have a 4K HDR TV (like most everyone else these days), in addition to thinking that this is more current/up-to-date electronics than the X1 DVR box.
I've got it all hooked-up and activated and it seems to be working just fine watching live TV, recording, playback, etc. I now need to play with the Apps a little more (Netflix, YouTube, etc).
By "I've got it all hooked up", I mean completely hooked-up, including the gigabit Ethernet ... which brings me to my question: What interface does the Apps streaming data come from? the Cable Coax, the Ethernet Cat5, or WiFi? I have not found any menu on the XG1v4 DVR that lets me setup the network interface. This leads me to believe there is no network interface to this box, ie it all comes from the Coax.
How does this compare to the standard X1 DVR -- does it also do its streaming to Apps using data only from Coax or does it come from the home network? If the XG1v4 truly is getting all internet data via the Coax, how does the available bandwidth for streaming compare to a DVR (eg Tivo or standard X1) if those boxes get their streaming data from the home network ? If I want to stream 4K UHD video from Netflix through the XG1v4 how well does the Coax support this, ie what is the sustained bandwidth I can expect? My Comcast plan includes Extreme Pro Ethernet along with my Motorola MB8600 DOCSIS 3.1 modem and Netgear Nighthawk R9000 router I am getting 600 mbps downlink. How does that compare to the Coax?
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