I've been with Comcast continually for 11 years, paying on time every month. The expiration of my 2-year Double Play contract about four months ago resulted in my pricing going up from $104 with all taxes and fees to $156. While I would have liked to stay with Comcast, I can’t afford the new pricing.
I spoke to people in CS, Billing, and Customer Solutions, and no one was able to help, so I decided to go with a U-Verse deal of $100 base-price and $200 in Visa Gift Cards (12-month contract), for somewhat more channels and 50mbps internet (which is fine -- I don’t really need the 150 I’ve been getting from Comcast). I chatted late one night with Comcast to ask how soon after cancellation I had to return my equipment, and she said that I should call again during businesses hours because she was confident they would keep me with Comcast by coming up with a package that would meet my needs.
So I did so (again), and was delighted that this time the Comcast agent said she found a deal that would give me the channels I told her I most wanted to keep -- namely cable news -- while also retaining the few other stations I watched much of besides cable news, namely TCM and BBC America. I asked if I would still keep my DVR, and she said yes. And all this for about $115/month, i.e., only about $10 more than I had been paying during the now-expired two-year contract. I was very happy about this and clicked Agree on the acceptance request form she emailed.
But within an hour, I found that I had NO cable news stations anymore, as well as NO TCM, and NO DVR service. And that the only thing that I wouldn’t have particularly minded her being wrong about -- the internet speed (as 50 would have been OK) -- turned out to be the only thing she got *right* (still 150mbps)!
So I looked into it further (I was on the phone with Comcast pretty much all that afternoon), and found out that what the agent had done was replace my channel lineup (Digital Starter, about 140 channels) with something called the “Entertainment Package,” which in actuality contained *NO* cable news -- or TCM! And that to get cable news, I would have to add a “News and Sports” package for $30/month more. And would have to pay an extra $5 to get DVR back. And on top of all that, my online plan showed that the changes also caused elimination of $25 discount I had still been getting every month -- post-contract -- for having a Double-Play! That all adds up to $175/month -- which is about $20 MORE than the post-contract price I had been bumped up to (and with no more TCM)!
When I called I was told that some of the agents hadn’t learned the new packages yet. Oh, well, then I suppose I should be fine with everything?? (At the time I clicked "OK" on the emailed new offer, how was I to know "Entertainment" didn't include news channels, when the CSR had told me I'd keep them?) Then I ended up talking with someone in Customer Solutions, who -- like everyone else -- seemed to be searching hard to find an option to bring my price back down to something closer to what my two-year contract had been, but he couldn’t. But when I asked why I shouldn't at least go back to the previous post-contract price of $156, he seemed kind of irritated and said, “what difference does it make if you’re going to U-verse in a week”? And he insisted I would have lost my $25 Double-Play discount anyway after the proration ended -- which doesn’t make sense given I have been charged the same $156 for three months now (with the DP discount shown), well past any proration period that would have applied had the Double-Play discount really been going away.
I still wanted my DVR even if it was only to be for a short period -- doubly so so that I could have a reminder (via photos) of those shows/movies that I had recorded but not yet watched. Tech support was unable to accomplish that because there was still an order processing, but they escalated my call to a different tech support department where a wonderful and pleasant lady really worked hard to somehow get the DVR functioning again. (BTW, when I had spoken to the agent who was giving me what turned out to be loads of misinformation about what the $115 offer included, it is possible that I had asked someting like "Can I keep all my current equipment," rather than specifically using the word DVR; that's the only thing I can't explicitly recall.)
Meanwhile I've pushed the U-verse installation back ten days while I test free trials of live TV streaming services (thus far Hulu Live TV and YouTube TV), which I would use with a 12-month-intro-price, no-contract, internet-only deal from RCN, which recently entered my city. While the savings wouldn’t be all that great over a U-verse bundle, at least I would get cloud DVR, which U-verse’s streaming app apparently lacks. And any of those options would save me a lot over where I am stuck now with Comcast -- doubly so with the $25 surprise hike that the “great offer for you!” agent’s error-filled "solution" ended up adding to my already-increased bill (and still with no reinstatement of the promised TCM).
I really feel let down by Comcast, when you delight me with false promises only to pull out the rug and leave me with nothing but an *additional* price bump, lots more wasted time, and reduced service for my last days with you. Maybe the false promises weren't intentional, but surely you can appreciate that “she didn’t know” is not a very satisfying excuse.
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@bandgnoles wrote: Why can I no longer set/schedule a DVR recording when I am away from home.
Comcast was found in violation of another company's patent for that feature. Other companies have been willing to pay the patent owner a license fee to use the feature, but Comcast refuses. Comcast's official statement on this, such as it is, goes like this: http://forums.xfinity.com/t5/Stream-TV-App/Can-t-set-recordings-from-stream-app/m-p/3006430#M10834 :
... Due to a legal ruling, for the foreseeable future we are removing the remote scheduling of DVR recording features. ...
The full first two sentences of that 11-27-17 post by ComcastJessie are: "Due to a legal ruling, for the foreseeable future we are removing the remote scheduling of DVR recording features. We apologize for the inconvenience, we are actively pursuing an appeal of the ruling."
Do "foreseeable future" and "we are actively pursuing an appeal of the ruling" still apply? I just saw, for the first time, the statement Comcast added to the Recordings section of the stream app. It does not lead one to believe that remedies allowing reinstatement of the feature are being pursued (except, perhaps, the fact that there is a button for feedback).
I have to wonder if the reason Comcast only recently added the "Recording Disabled" note, instead of six months ago, is that they have decided to cease pursuing a remedy.
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IIRC, you shouldn't get more than one recording of the same listing, even if All Times is chosen. If a different episode is airing at one of the other times, or there is a conflict that would prevent the original time from recording, other times will be recorded. Does that make sense?
Yes, that makes perfect sense, and so I'll mark it the solution even though it doesn't explain what "This Time Only" should do. In fact, "This Time Only" does not seem to do anything based on tests I did: If I go back in to one of the series' scheduled recordings (remember, the option *only* shows upon *modifying*) and change it from the default "All Times" to "This Time Only" nothing changes as far as what remains on the schedule.
E.g., let's take a program that is on 6-7, 7-8 and 8-9 (different episodes, airing adjacent to each other). In the stream app I choose series recording. (Again, the "All Times" vs. "This Time Only" option doesn't appear at this stage.) Then I click on the 6-7 airing in the schedule, select modify, and select series. Then I change it from All Times to This Time Only, and give it awhile to "take." What I end up with is that all three timeslots are still scheduled for each day. And if I go in to modify any of thme (*not* just 6-7), they now *all* say "This Time Only."
IOW, the "This Time Only" option appears to be of no use.
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I think this applies to a channel that repeats the same show in different time slots on any given day. For example, religious channels often repeat a particular talk show in the morning and again late in the evening… You are specifying this time slot only. I think this happens when you start setting the recording by selecting an episode in the guide listings.
Thanks. Yes, as mentioned above I did start by selecting an upcoming show from the guide. But before starting this thread I had already discovered that the "All Times" vs "This Time Only" option is only offered for a show that repeats multiple times during the day (though the option is only offered up after you set the series recording and then go back in to modify), and figured it was meant to do exactly what you say here. However, upon testing that assumption, it recorded only one of the occurrences even if I chose "All Times" So I concluded "All Times" vs "This Time Only" must actually mean something else, and so posted the original question to find out what that might be. (Maybe I should have given more background.) Or, maybe it's just not functioning the way it's supposed to?
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Thanks, but I don't think that would apply in my case, as I selected the show on a specific channel from the programming guide in the stream app. (The only reason the channel doesn't show is because I switched to the "SD only" option in the channel dropdown box. Originally the channel number showed there.)
Any other ideas?
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When I set a series recording, once in awhile there is an option at the bottom called "When to Record," and the choices are "This Time Only" and "All Times." What is the difference between these, and why does the option only appear for some shows? It doesn't matter which I pick, the resulting Scheduled Recordings list seems to look the same either way.
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