It seems that Comcast is finally letting the TiVo software out in the wild. Sure, there have been awkward statements about it running on some ‘non-employee’ boxes for a while and such – which very likely means ‘friends and family’ of Comcast employees. But now it looks like they’re actually making it available to general users. A comment from Kirby Files over at Zatz Not Funny, a Comcast cable user in Milton, MA, states that Comcast emailed him to let him know the TiVo software was now available. He’s already scheduled an exchange of his existing HD STB for a DVR with the TiVo software. The cost is indeed a $2.95 up-charge over their usual DVR fees. He’s paying an $18 ‘service visit’ fee to have it installed – but right now he doesn’t have their DVR, just a non-DVD HD STB. So I think that fee is mainly the cost of the box swap. Users who already have the non-TiVo DVR in their home should be able to get it without a visit, just a software update.
Comcast’s email, as posted by Kirby:
You asked to be the first to know. And we delivered. Comcast DVR with TiVo® service is now available in your neighborhood.
Comcast now has TiVo® service!
- Comcast combines TiVo ease of use with Channel 1 On Demandâ€”and gives you complete access to Comcast HD with tons of HD shows and movies.
- Find and record your favorite shows with exclusive TiVo features like WishList® and Season Pass™.
- Instantly search across television or through a library of thousands of shows and movies On Demand.
- All in one box!
Learn more at comcast.com/tivo.
If you’ve also received the offer from Comcast, leave a comment or let me know. Especially if you’re in another town, it would be interesting to see how many towns are getting this now.
EDIT: Reader Jack sent me a tip that he’s also been offered the TiVo software in Newton, MA, and that an image if the Comcast email has been posted in the TiVoCommunity forums.