It's been an ongoing discussion since TiVo added HBOGo to it's services over a year ago. The same goes with the PS3/PS4 and maybe other platforms I'm not aware of, but basically Comcast 'Hasn't come to an agreement' with them.
Here's a thread on the subject
I'd much rather use my TiVo (for everything), but I've can use my Smart TV or a Roku box that I have to do get my HBOGo fix when I have the need.
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Apologies for the delay in responding. I was out of the office last week on vaction and just returned today.
In regards to 720p delivery, some of your HD channels have transitioned from 1080i to 720p60. As part of our ongoing work to improve and modernize the way we deliver HD channels, we are transitioning all of our HD streams to “progressive” format. We are making this change in conjunction with the transition to MPEG-4. This means that some channels that were delivered in 1080i will now be delivered in 720p60.
The progressive format offers a number of advantages, and is an important component of the transition to IP video delivery.
In addition, the transition to progressive format allows us to offer a uniform HD experience across all devices, apps and screens, ensuring a consistently excellent experience.
The interlaced format reduces the effective resolution of 1080i significantly. Most video delivery is moving toward progressive formats. Many leading HD channels already deliver video in 720p60, and the progressive format renders motion more effectively.
Based on extensive testing and research, we’re confident the combination of MPEG-4 encoding and the progressive format will allow us to deliver superior video performance to our customers.
You've got to be joking, right? While 'progressive' is superior for a given resolution over 'interlaced' is true. 1080i is taken by our equipment for those with 1080p or 4K TVs and first deinterlaced to 1080p (4K will continue and upscale to 4K) it doesn't then down convert the resolution to a 720p, which is what Comcast is doing here, which then needs to be upconverted to 1080p putting in what it interprets as the filler pixels which will never produce the same content unless it happened to all be one constant color.
No, Comcast is force feeding this which is not asked for, not desired, and worse quality for source content. And the only logical reason is to be able to squeeze in 9 MPEG4(H.264) channels instead of 8 in the same 6MHz frequency band. Be happy that you're going from 3 Channels of HD content to 8 Channels when migrating from MPEG2 to MPEG4(H.264) for a 6MHz frequency band, everyone is happy with is. Getting extra greedy and loosing image resolution by shoving this down our throats is not going to make your knowledgable customer base happy. And likely will eventually blow up in Comcasts face. Down converting and upconverting back up doesn't translate the same quality image period. There's information loss which results in quality loss.
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" If you have Windows 10 -- and your TV supports it, you might be able to stream/mirror it from your PC to your TV. If you have an Android or iPhone that supports it -- I recommend getting a Chromecast to do the same thing from your phone to your TV. That's what I did for my Mom. $30 for Chromecast at Best Buy to mirror what was on her iPhone, on her television. All you need is an HDMI port on your television. And it is tiny, so it won't take up any space. Just giving you options until there is a better one."
It's much less about the ability to get HBO Go on ones TV and more about doing it with ones preferred method. In the case of TiVo owners, that's with their TiVo. I've got HBO Go built into 3 of my Samsung TVs, My PS3, PS4, Roku 3, Laptops, Tablets and PC. That said, when I saw they finally added HBO Go to TiVo I was excited about it, then I couldn't get it registered. I use my TiVo Roamio for most of my streaming, even the Xfinity streaming which I hate as it usually has forced comericial watching.
For the time being, I'll continue to use my PS4 in my Home Theater room to what HBO Go.
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