Recently Comcast moved to block the popular DVR service Channels from being able to record its streamed programs. Channels is a service that allows customers to record from their antenna and in the past, also record programs streamed through TV anywhere apps. Now Comcast has moved to block their ability to do that, preventing users of the Channels DVR service from recording Comcast-owned networks through their TV Anywhere Apps.
The Channels DVR service was first launched back in 2015. Now channels has grown to be a one-stop place for both your antenna and streamed content. Last year the service even added the ability to download your programs for offline viewing on iOS devices.
Now Comcast has made changes to how it streams NBC-owned networks through its TV Everywhere apps. This move has blocked the Channels service from being able to record these programs on networks like Bravo, SYFY, USA, MSNBC, and CNBC.
“NBC has adjusted their streaming technology to a format that is incompatible with Channels. This is not something that we can adapt to, and ends compatibility with Channels.” The team over at Channels said in a statement on their website.
You can still use Channels to record your antenna for local NBC content, for example, but for now, using Channels to record content through NBC apps has been blocked. From what the team at Channels says, this is not something they will be able to work around.
“You can add NBC, and all of your local channels, with an antenna and HDHomeRun networked TV tuner. Add this to your Channels setup to add all the free channels you receive locally via your antenna.” The team at Channels said in a statement on their website.
For now, if you want to watch NBC-owned networks, you will need to subscribe to a live TV streaming service like Sling TV and Fubo to access this content now and record it with the included DVR service.