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Series 3 Verizon FIOS HD compat?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by mchad, Sep 12, 2006.

  1. Sep 12, 2006 #1 of 2214
    mchad

    mchad New Member

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    I was just about to order a Series 3 from TIVO, when I decided to ask that they gaurantee me that it will work with Verizon FIOS HD (I currently have cablevision, however FIOS is already installed in my building and I will be switching as soon as it is available). The sales rep transferred me to tech, who after 15 minutes told me that they had no information on whether it will work with FIOS HD.

    So, does anyone REALLY know if a Series 3 will work with FIOS directly (No verizon box to video inputs, IR blasters, etc)?
     
  2. Sep 12, 2006 #2 of 2214
    soulposition

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    I'm calling VZ in a few to order my CableCards from them. I was told by the installer that I could move to CableCard whenever I wanted but it would be like pulling teeth because VZ doesn't want to support the CableCard.


     
  3. Sep 12, 2006 #3 of 2214
    rainwater

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    I think Verizon has a multi-stream cable card so you would only need one of them.
     
  4. Sep 12, 2006 #4 of 2214
    dt_dc

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    My official answer: Call up Verizon and ask them.

    My unofficial answer: Yes, it will work. There may be a few glitches ... but ... Verizon is working those out. Sometimes diligently ... somtimes not so much. But ... main thing is to call Verizon and ask for CableCard availability / installations.
     
  5. Sep 12, 2006 #5 of 2214
    TampaDon

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    Hi.

    I just called FIOS.

    They have cable cards but the old ones not the new ones. They told me you would have NO interactive GUIDE, NO video on demand, and NO Pay Per View unless you call their automated telephone number to order a pay per view movie.

    Cards cost $2.95 per month.

    Don
     
  6. Sep 12, 2006 #6 of 2214
    rainwater

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    Who needs the FIOS guide when you will have the TiVo interactive guide?
     
  7. Sep 12, 2006 #7 of 2214
    TampaDon

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    Hi.

    I forgot to mention that I was told the Cable Cards DO require a site visit and cannot be picked up and that fee is $24.95.

    Don
     
  8. Sep 12, 2006 #8 of 2214
    Leo_N

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    Yes, it'd be a hassle for PPV and you would lose OnDemand, but you don't want their intereactive guide anyway, Tivo will have its own built in.
     
  9. Sep 12, 2006 #9 of 2214
    mchad

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    Can one of you post a response when you have it up and running? FIOS isn't quite available in my condo yet (they have run all the supporting infrastructure already, but haven't turned up the service or began individual installs) so I can't really call them to discuss ordering cablecards yet...

    I could use an S3 with my cable, but until I hear that it is actually working with FIOS in HD, I am hesitant to order one...

    Thanks!
     
  10. Sep 12, 2006 #10 of 2214
    dt_dc

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    My FiOS TV install is tommorow ... but ... unfortunately I'll be holding off on the S3 for a while.

    I'd be happy to test one for Tivo though ;) (I know ... I'm so kind)
     
  11. Sep 12, 2006 #11 of 2214
    mchad

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    I've waited 2 years for an HD Tivo (no, I can't have Direct TV in my building) and now that it is finally available, I have to wait to see if I can actually use it! Arrgh!
     
  12. Sep 12, 2006 #12 of 2214
    musicforme

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    I plan on ordering my Tivo from the VIP link today and will call Verizon once I have the S3 in-hand. I hope to be up and runing on Fios TV by the end of next week.
     
  13. Sep 12, 2006 #13 of 2214
    mchad

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    I'll be standing by...

    Thanks
     
  14. Sep 12, 2006 #14 of 2214
    Jazhuis

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    There *are* no new cable cards that support those features yet. That's the Cablecard 2.0 standard that people talk about. The closest thing to a "new" Cablecard out there will be the multistream CC 1.0 cards, which just happen to use one card for two streams.

    So currently, no Cablecard will give you VOD or PPV through your device. But you're still technically close to the cutting edge of the whole thing -- I love how they call them the "old" cards, so it sounds like you're getting ancient junk.
     
  15. Sep 12, 2006 #15 of 2214
    JohnBrowning

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    I'm running a CableCARD in my Mitsu TV fed by VZ FIOS with no problems whatsoever. While VZ had some problems initially getting the card init'd, I think those were just familiarity issues. I'll probably order an S3 in a month or so and don't anticipate any issues with moving the CC from the TV to the S3. I expect I'll have to call VZ and have them whack the CC, but, that should be no big deal.
     
  16. Sep 12, 2006 #16 of 2214
    bkdtv

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    Verizon FiOS fully supports the Series3. (You don't get VOD/PPV, obviously.)

    FiOS has ordered multistream cards, which will eliminate the need for a second CableCard, but those won't arrive until November.
     
  17. Sep 13, 2006 #17 of 2214
    TampaDon

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    Hi.

    New to this stuff. What exactly is a multistream card? Where can one be seen?

    Don
     
  18. Sep 13, 2006 #18 of 2214
    mchad

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    Thanks for the follow up. Now, to sit and wait for verizon install to become available...

    FYI, I called Cablevision (Westchester, NY) and ordered two cards, which will be delivered in person on Monday (for the bargain price of $46... Great). When asked what brand of TV I had, I replied I don't know yet, I am buying them this weekend. No further question. Each card is billed at $1.25/month.
     
  19. Sep 13, 2006 #19 of 2214
    wdave

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    /subscribe -- Fios crew wiring my neighborhood this week -- can't wait to dump Comcast.
     
  20. Sep 13, 2006 #20 of 2214
    ah30k

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    Laying conduit (orange tubing) or actual fiber? They laid the conduit and put in in-ground service boxes in my 'hood months ago but have not run any fiber yet. You may also need to wait for Verizon to get a franchise license for your area as well. They might just start with FiOS internet.
     

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