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comet48
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Comcast/Xfinity

Post by comet48 » Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:58 am

Spoke to Comcast this morning. Was informed that my service will be updated to MPEF4 from MPEG2, and that cable cards will no longer work as they will not support MPEG4. This turns my current HDHomerun Prime 3 and Tivos into paperweights.
I'm a Plex user, and wondering if there is any good way to feed Plex live content other that OTA, which I already have.

Comcast of course wants me to use their box, or Direct TV, or their new streaming service. Perhaps someone can create a gateway to it :)

But for now, SOL.

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Re: Comcast/Xfinity

Post by nickk » Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:59 am

Hi,

Comcast here has been MPEG4/h264 for the HD non-local channels for a about a year.

It is fully supported by CableCARD and by the HDHomeRun.

Nick

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Re: Comcast/Xfinity

Post by comet48 » Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:31 am

Thanks - glad the Comcast rep didn't know what he was talking about. **** good too with recent Tivos!

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Re: Comcast/Xfinity

Post by NYPlayer » Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:32 am

comet48 wrote:
Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:58 am
Spoke to Comcast this morning. Was informed that my service will be updated to MPEF4 from MPEG2, and that cable cards will no longer work as they will not support MPEG4. This turns my current HDHomerun Prime 3 and Tivos into paperweights.
I'm a Plex user, and wondering if there is any good way to feed Plex live content other that OTA, which I already have.

Comcast of course wants me to use their box, or Direct TV, or their new streaming service. Perhaps someone can create a gateway to it :)

But for now, SOL.
99% of my Comcast Channels are MPEG4 and I have been using 2 Primes with cable cards for years with no problems.... as a matter of fact the stream sizes have decreased.

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Re: Comcast/Xfinity

Post by GetMatt » Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:22 pm

NYPlayer wrote:
Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:32 am
comet48 wrote:
Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:58 am
Spoke to Comcast this morning. Was informed that my service will be updated to MPEF4 from MPEG2, and that cable cards will no longer work as they will not support MPEG4. This turns my current HDHomerun Prime 3 and Tivos into paperweights.
I'm a Plex user, and wondering if there is any good way to feed Plex live content other that OTA, which I already have.

Comcast of course wants me to use their box, or Direct TV, or their new streaming service. Perhaps someone can create a gateway to it :)

But for now, SOL.
99% of my Comcast Channels are MPEG4 and I have been using 2 Primes with cable cards for years with no problems.... as a matter of fact the stream sizes have decreased.
Most old model TIVOs can't handle MPEG4 which might be what they are referring to. Only the lastest model TIVOs work with MPEG4. There are also some know issues with MPEG4 that has DRM on MediaCenter, but I think there are workarounds on that. However with Comcast most of their content is DRM free (Copy-Freely) and most new hardware will work with MPEG4, in fact many work better with MPEG4 than MPEG2.

As far as CableCARD and your Prime are concerned the only difference between MPEG2 and MPEG4 is the bitrate it receives. They don't care about the codec as they just pass on bits and maintain copy protection.

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Re: Comcast/Xfinity

Post by smassey22180 » Fri Apr 26, 2019 4:56 am

GetMatt wrote:
Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:22 pm
NYPlayer wrote:
Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:32 am
comet48 wrote:
Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:58 am
Spoke to Comcast this morning. Was informed that my service will be updated to MPEF4 from MPEG2, and that cable cards will no longer work as they will not support MPEG4. This turns my current HDHomerun Prime 3 and Tivos into paperweights.
I'm a Plex user, and wondering if there is any good way to feed Plex live content other that OTA, which I already have.

Comcast of course wants me to use their box, or Direct TV, or their new streaming service. Perhaps someone can create a gateway to it :)

But for now, SOL.
99% of my Comcast Channels are MPEG4 and I have been using 2 Primes with cable cards for years with no problems.... as a matter of fact the stream sizes have decreased.
Most old model TIVOs can't handle MPEG4 which might be what they are referring to. Only the lastest model TIVOs work with MPEG4. There are also some know issues with MPEG4 that has DRM on MediaCenter, but I think there are workarounds on that. However with Comcast most of their content is DRM free (Copy-Freely) and most new hardware will work with MPEG4, in fact many work better with MPEG4 than MPEG2.

As far as CableCARD and your Prime are concerned the only difference between MPEG2 and MPEG4 is the bitrate it receives. They don't care about the codec as they just pass on bits and maintain copy protection.
This makes sense. Comcast's system thinks only TIVOs people use cable cards. That is what they told me in FL a couple of years ago.

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