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The last I read was to wait for 2017 for updates. Well 2017 has come and gone and 2019
will be hear soon.
You must have some good news to report by now otherwise I would start firing the people
who develop the apps.
If FireTV and Roku offered Contour, you wouldn't rent a box from Cox. That might be the answer.
FireTV is open-source and third-party developers have created Android Packages with Contour. Meaning, you'd be at the mercy of said developers to keep updating the package. Roku, however, is close-source and only supports apps written in its own BrightScript. That'd be a licensing agreement between Roku and Comcast.
Well I think that's the idea not to have to rent their cable box to save money.
Xfinity is already doing this with the Roku. I found this on their site.
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KenKK said:COX has always been behind the 8 ball concerning new ideas maybe some greed too.
If Comcast is doing it, Cox is usually 6 months behind or so. They probably waited until the FCC change so they can start treating different traffic differently. I fear the day that Netflix or other won't work well UNLESS you pay through Cox for it, Already Cox has started to count streaming from their video sites against your cap even if you are not on Cox's network. It's always about money. Comcast has more to throw around so I think Cox uses them as a scout to test out new things. If Cox really likes the new things, they buy it, IE Contour 2 from Comcast.
I agree. Renting cable boxes is archaic and purely for revenue (greed). At one time, if you wanted phone service, you HAD to rent telephones from the phone company. To ensure you were renting, the phone company would send inspectors into your neighborhood to measure line-voltage levels for any unauthorized telephones. The FCC ended that mandate.
Nowadays, if you want cable TV, you will rent a box and to ensure you're renting a box, they'll encrypt the signal. It'd be nice if the FCC ended the same mandate to allow us buy your own box.
The only thing cable TV has going for it is its separate distribution network. If we could buy our own box, it'd not only be Amazon getting into the TV game...but Google, Apple, Microsoft, Sony, Onkyo... Shopping for cable boxes would be like shopping for features on an AVR: DVR, streamer, browser, media server, Alexa, call blocker, universal remote, etc.
Bruce said: It'd be nice if the FCC ended the same mandate to allow us buy your own box.
Didn't they try? IMO they haven't had much teeth since STELAR killed cable cards. With the way the FCC is today, I don't see that changing any time soon.
PS. Above statement is NOT meant to create political conversation, just technical.
PPS. Had to include Simpson reference to test video upload function.