Comcast has removed the "Power Saver Starts After:" setting... they think they know what's best, instead of asking US... the USERS.
(though they inadvertantly left the "example settings screen" graphic in the software that HAD the option... "A" button, "Tips & Tricks", "Settings", "Go Green")
I've always had mine set to one or two hours, so that if I walk away and get busy doing something else (or... lets face it... if I fall asleep), the "lack of human interaction" caused the STB to go into Power Saver mode... removing HDMI activity... which then turned off my projector or TV (depending on which room I was using)... saving a LOT more energy than "just" the X1 box itself.
Now, it NEVER goes into Power Saver mode... even after 8 hours.
If all that they are looking for is pushing buttons on the Remote, then it's totally failing. If, on the other hand, it's looking for a "lack of HDMI handshaking" to determine if the User has "gone away", then they need to consider that MANY users have an HDMI switcher for variosu reasons, and the HDMI switcher will always "handshake" regardless of whether the display device is turned ON or not.
Put it back like it was!... please!
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This for all the world feels like a Comcast cop-out. HDCP protocol over the HDMI connection protects the content, so there's no "real" reason this is being denied. This severely cripples the usefulness of this App.
My main use was for family vacations.... I want access to my recordings and regular cable programming that I pay for, even when I'm away from home... I pay for 24/7/365 service, I expect it.
I can't huddle all of my family around my Android phone to watch our TV programs... nor will I expect each member of my family to go off to a different corner of the hotel room to watch TV on their own Apps... a vacation is a FAMILY TOGETHER time... and by doing this, Comcast is forcing us to do things apart!
Technically, there's no reason HDCP support can't resolve this... it's what it was created for in the first place!!!
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I wholeheartedly second that request for a VUDU app on the X1 !!!!
I have a great many HD movies on my VUDU account:
a) "Digital Copy" of Blu-Ray movies we own - linked through UltraViolet... the market leading Digital Copy provider for Blu-Ray movies
b) Many movies (both HD and SD) that I upgraded to "HD Digital Copy" through the VUDU "Disc-to-Digital" service (using their PC-based program, that verifies ownership by reading the physical disc... or by using the VUDU in-store conversion service at WalMart stores - in their photography centers)
c) Many "Digital Copies" of purchased "Disney Movies Anywhere"... which are also are linked to my VUDU account
d) several "Paramount Digital Copy" movies... ALSO linked to my VUDU account...
...so with one app (VUDU) I get access to not only my native VUDU movie titles, but all of my UltraViolet titles, Paramount titles, and my Disney titles.
I don't have "smart TV" functions in either of our 55" LED LCD TV's, nor in either of our front-projection systems... but I do have X1 boxes throughout my house.
The X1 system is the "heart and soul" of our home entertainment system, everyone knows how to use it, and I don't want to try to force my wife to learn some new tech gear STB, just for this function... the X1 is the perfect place for it... just like they recently added Netflix. The X1 platform has basically unlimited data bandwidth... I don't have to do anything with WiFi, Ethernet, or any of that mess... no extra HDMI connections needed... no extra equipment... it's a simple ONE BOX SOLUTION.
I would rather use virtual copies than the physical discs anytime... to preserve them from getting scratched. It's also far easier than going down to our home theater storage area and looking through the decades of discs to find the one you want... when the VUDU online library search function works so much better.
Comcast... please consider this! UltraViolet is so common on purchased movies these days, and VUDU is the "player app of choice", because they have it on so many hardware platforms... it's quickly becoming such a "defacto standard" for Digital Copies.
(Besides... VUDU is now owned by WalMart... who has plenty of "clout" to make it a lasting platform...)
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Best practice is actually to put it at the input port of the splitter in the house. This prevents the 1GHz+ MoCA signal from leaking from marginal cables and connections. It's simply a low-pass filter that blocks anything above 1GHz and below 1.5GHz from passing through in either direction.
Typical example: http://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en/us/products/collateral/video/filters/7016817.pdf
BTW, there's nothing sacred about using 'Comcast provided' MoCA POE filters... they are pretty much industry standardized, and available on Amazon or eBay for $6 to $10
I, for one, do not appreciate having Comcast's technicians come into my house - who know far less than I do about what they are attempting to do... they have proven that exact point several times to me... they are grossly under-trained.
That said, about 6-8 months ago, I had the surprise of my life, and an actually encouraging and intellectual conversation with one technician who had knowledge of EVERY detail and aspec I discussed with him... it was a VERY rare ocassion.
(I come from a 30 year EE design engineering background with years of RF and IT experience, so not your ordinary consumer)
I had my X1 DVR installed over a year ago (no self-install available back then), and the tech did NOT install the MoCA POE filter. It was only this past week when I discovered the need for one, as I upgraded to AnyRoom DVR system, utilizing the "Xi3" slave unit, in combination with the "Xb3" Gateway and "XG1-A" DVR. The slave unit would NOT "attach" reliably to the MoCA NC (network coordinator) no matter what. It DID however find several other MoCA devices, and paired up with them!! (neighbors!!!)
When the tech originally installed my X1, he also replaced my own amplified 1GHz 8 port splitter with a nearly identical "Comcast approved" unit (I needed 5 cable outlets, most occupied by DTA's and one Silicondust cable card tuner).
Amplified splitters are pretty much a no-no with MoCA... they have horrible reverse path loss at 1GHz. I had to replace it with a 1GHz passive splitter (only 4-ports this time), with my MoCA POE filter on the input port. There was actually plenty of signal strength to overcome the -7dB lossses of the splitter.
Once this was done, ZERO problems... and my MoCA NC now only 'sees' my in-house MoCA units!
(Side note - always terminate un-used amplified OR passive cable splitter ports with proper screw-on 75Ohm terminators. This prevents signal reflections from the mis-matched impedances of an open port)
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