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Kaeferhaus's avatar
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2 months ago

OnDemand Unavailable After Cox Software Upgrade on May 1, 2024

At 1:26 AM on the morning of May 1, 2024 I was watching CNN when the screen suddenly blipped and there on the TV screen was a message from Cox Communications informing me that a software upgrade of the cable set top box was underway.  After about 20 minutes the box had rebooted and I was returned to CNN.  I used my remote to see if functionality was OK, and it was mostly, but I had lost the ability to access OnDemand.  Every time I tried to access OnDemand I received an alert box in the lower right hand quadrant of the TV screen (and I have a brand new, top-of-the-line 60 inch Samsung Smart TV) that appeared and disappeared so quickly that I couldn't make out what the message was.  So I used my cell phone to make a video of the TV screen when I tried to access OnDemand, and I was able to capture a screenshot of this error message:

Sorry, we are currently experiencing some technical difficulties.  Please try again in 15 minutes.  If the problem continues, please contact Cox Customer Service at 1-866-961-1207.  Reference 7.1.404 when calling.

Well, here it is May 20, 2024 and after 12 or so calls to Cox Customer Service, I still do not have access to OnDemand.  Talking to the customer service people supplied by Cox is akin to talking to a brick wall.  Judging by their accents and the less than ideal phone connection on every call, I strongly suspect I was talking to someone in a call center in India or Viet Nam or Taiwan or the Philippines - somewhere on the other side of the planet - most likely in South Asia or even Southeast Asia.  Their response was always to reset the cable set top box.  Sometimes they reset it, sometimes I did.  I reset it from my phone, I reset it from the TV, I reset it from my laptop, and I reset it by pulling the plug from the wall, letting it sit for a few minutes before plugging it back in.  Nothing worked.

I am a disabled 78-year-old who depends on OnDemand a lot because I am housebound.  In addition to the lack of access to OnDemand my Cox cable TV reception is often punctuated by frozen screen images, pixillation of the image, an image with no sound or error boxes appearing that tell me the signal has been lost.  My Cox plan is bundled with Internet and phone service as well as TV, and I'm currently paying Cox $328 a month for really lousy service.  I'm just days away from signing up with Dish Network, Direct TV, Century Link or some other provider since I am thoroughly disenchanted, dismayed and disgusted at Cox's poor performance regarding both product and customer service.  I'll try once more with this post to get someone from Cox to address the issue with OnDemand, which I suspect is a software bug in the maintenance done on May 1, 2024.  But, hey, what do I know?  If I get no response, it's sayonara, arrividerci Coxy, auf Wiedersehen, au revoir.            

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  • Hello Kaeferhaus,

    We absolutely value your business and want you to remain connected to your favorite content On Demand as well as any programming among your subscription. You shouldn't have to reset the equipment so often. What you've described sounds like we may need to have a field technician visit scheduled to further ascertain a solution. Remotely, prior to reviewing the account support may have recommended verifying the ends of the coaxial cable are screwed finger tight (not over tighten) to the wall and to the cable box.

    I imagine these steps have already been taken. Our goal is to help get to the bottom of a solution. Should issues remain then would you email us at with your name, complete address, and include the URL link to your forum comment? We can help.

    • Kaeferhaus's avatar
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      Gimme a break!  There's nothing wrong with the "ends of the coaxial cable!"  If that were true, why is all the other functionality working OK?  Hmmmm?  Prior to the Cox software upgrade on May 1, 2024 OnDemand was working fairly well, although with occasional glitches that I could remedy with a reset of the cable set top box.  While I'm on the issue of OnDemand, let me share this additional anecdote that documents what I experienced about two months ago (well before the software upgrade).  I accessed OnDemand and chose ABC as the network I wanted to view.  The ABC program I chose was "9-1-1."  Instead I got "The Bachelor!"  And it wasn't even from the beginning! It was some minutes (I don't know how many) into that program, which is one I don't watch.  Another one: An HBO subscriber, I chose an HBO series to watch on OnDemand that had no sound!  Can you understand why I'm so disenchanted?  You should refund some of my $328 monthly charge.  I've got a letter ready to go out to Atlanta to Mark Greatrex who is the president of Cox Communications documenting the lousy service.  Info copies are going to the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, ABC, Daily Beast, Huffington Post and a whole bunch of other media outlets in an effort to publicize Cox's deficiencies.  BTW, I already sent an email with my Forum comment to