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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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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.
I think if they "tried" in 2008 as opposed to 8 years later, it would have been more of an effort. Not being political but to show its sincerity.
True, but do you think it would have made any difference to where we are today with video over IP and 3rd party apps being the norm? I think now cable companies see TV service as a way to bloat bandwidth use so internet customers have to pay for unlimited data and/or fines. I think that will eventually outweigh the greed to get equipment fees. However, once TV becomes simply a different kind of data, you give the ISP a backdoor to your privacy. It's a double edge sword. You cut the cord, but put on a leash.
I meant 3rd-party cable boxes compatible with the current cable TV distribution network. A Google box that can connect to the head-end of Cox. Nothing over the Internet.
I agree...even if you cut-the-cord, they'll find a way to bill you.
Your last statement is so true....
Time along with competition will tell where this is all going....