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Series 3 Verizon FIOS HD compat?

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

  1. Jan 12, 2007 #241 of 2214
    globalreset

    globalreset New Member

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    So, I picked up the terminator and the 9db worth of attenuators yesterday and was all set to try them out last night. Before I attached them I noticed that, after two nights of pixelation, the problem just went away. A solution us engineer's hate. I went ahead and attached both to the system and I'll probably try removing them a few times this weekend to see if it comes back (just so I can test the hypothesis that we're fixing the problem).
     
  2. Jan 12, 2007 #242 of 2214
    JohnBrowning

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    I only saw the pixelation on DHD last night.
     
  3. Jan 12, 2007 #243 of 2214
    AndyMorrison

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    I found that channel 71 (and 520) magically appeared earlier today too. I don't believe my machine rebooted.
     
  4. Jan 13, 2007 #244 of 2214
    dtee

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    Pixellation back after 4 days of perfect service. Same 5 channels that I had posted earlier. Problem had gone away since Tuesday and came back about the same time I noticed it last week. Almost like a switch was thrown somewhere. Bizarre. I know if I call VZ they will send out the crew to "prove" to me it's the TiVo. Last time they almost went so far as to swap out the ONT. I had my fingers crossed that this would not be a chronic problem, I'm not so optimistic at this point. I'm still unsure about how the stations are tuned. Does the TiVo have tuners that actually tune the channels or is that the job of the cable cards.

    PS: When I had contacted TiVo last week the tech said that he 8.1 update might help this problem. I just hope it eliminates the audio drop out when changing stations using the guide. Thats just annoying, but this pixelation issue approaches deal breaker territory.

    Good luck to all in this matter and enjoy the weekend.
     
  5. Jan 15, 2007 #245 of 2214
    dtee

    dtee New Member

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    All the bad channels are back again at full (94-97) strength. This is definitely a signal strength issue on the Verizon Fios side. When the signal is above 94 on HD no problems at all are experienced. When below that threshold, pixelation occurs. With a good signal the tuners do their job just fine. If the tuners were bad the problems would be consistant at all signal levels, I would presume. The affected channels are all national feeds and are all HD. Anyone else experiencing these or other problems with Fios. All in all with the exception of this problem the Fios experience has been pretty positive.
     
  6. Jan 15, 2007 #246 of 2214
    TexasAg

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    Keep in mind, the S3's signal strength meter measures the strength of the desired signal and noise, not just the desired signal. Verizon techs have meters they can use to measure the desired signal only. Sounds like they need to check the wiring.
     
  7. Jan 16, 2007 #247 of 2214
    resanders

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    OK... the install on Sunday (1/14) went well... their activation process seems a lot quicker than Cablevision and I think Cablevision's cablecards may be older or need new firmware/updated cards. The channels look great... some HD channels didn't come in but that's because I didn't include them on my original order so I should see them tonight. The S3 automatically updated ALL channels on my season passes so I was happy about that. Overall, I feel the FiOS TV programming content is better! No NEWS12NJ but I've heard there might be a FiOS ONE news channel?? It seems my internet is a little slow but I think that is just a system resource issue. Incidentally, does anyone know how to clear unnecessary processes in Windows Task Manager? Good luck to all new FiOS TVers out there!
     
  8. Jan 19, 2007 #248 of 2214
    dcoxarc

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    Okay, I am going to be getting FIOS and wanted to get the S3. I've seen a lot of posts about transfering your lifetime subscription to the new S3, but I just got off the phone with Tivo and they told me that - sorry - you can't do that and you'll have to pay your monthly subscription. Anyone else run into this?? And if you haven't, how are you getting your lifetime subscription transfered?? Any info would be great. Personally, I think it's crap. I've been with Tivo since they first came out. I used the montlhy for a year or so, but then switched to the lifetime. For them to say tough because they have a new HD version is rude. Anyway, thanks for the help.
     
  9. Jan 19, 2007 #249 of 2214
    bilbo

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    go to tivo.com/vip and call that phone #. the lifetime transfer is only for stand alone tivo units. directv tivos are not eligible.
     
  10. Jan 19, 2007 #250 of 2214
    dcoxarc

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    Bilbo - Thank you so much for that info!
     
  11. Jan 19, 2007 #251 of 2214
    jimtronic

    jimtronic New Member

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    They changed the policy on this, DirecTV units are eligible, I just did it yesterday. IF you look at the fine print on that link they removed the disclamer.
     
  12. Jan 20, 2007 #252 of 2214
    Jasper

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    I just had the FIOS tv installed last week and everything works great. The cable cards took about 20 min to install and it was relatively painless. The tech had only installed them one other time so it was a learning process for both of us, but it really was easy.
    I receive all of the channels I'm supposed to, including 71, and have had zero problems.
     
  13. Jan 22, 2007 #253 of 2214
    siersema

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    This may be a redundant question but I am a newbie to Tivo units. I have Directs Tivo units and like them. I am thinking of getting a S3. If I have Verizon FIOS TV, do I need to pay monthly charges to Tivo?
     
  14. Jan 22, 2007 #254 of 2214
    TexasAg

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    Yes, and you'll need to rent two single-stream or one multi-stream CableCard from Verizon. Each card is $3/month. I don't think the multi-stream CableCards are available yet, so you'd be looking at $6/month to Verizon.
     
  15. Jan 22, 2007 #255 of 2214
    acvthree

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    The cable cards are $4 a month now, so $8 total.

    Al
     
  16. Jan 22, 2007 #256 of 2214
    bilbo

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    thanks for the correction, jimtronic.

    the last time i checked the tivo.com/vip website it explicitly said lifetimed DirectTV Tivos were ineligible, but Tivo seems to keep changing the rules while the game is being played. i was aware of a window in December for LT'ed DirectTivo owners -- I am glad the window is back open again.

    Tivo should try to sell as many S3's as possible IMHO (that would be best for all who have purchased/transferred LT IMHO because Tivo's longterm viability is still in question).
     
  17. Jan 22, 2007 #257 of 2214
    jhimmel

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    I just ordered two more today, and was told I would be charged $2.95 each, not $4.

    Jim H.
     
  18. Jan 22, 2007 #258 of 2214
    acvthree

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    Thanks for the information.

    I haven't gotten my first bill, but I was quoted $3.95 in Carrollton, Texas. I just went out on the web site and can't find a price listed. It just says for a low price.

    Where are you located? I wonder if it is location dependent. Either that or the person who quoted me was incorrect or I heard them wrong.

    $2.95 would be great.

    Al

    Al
     
  19. Jan 22, 2007 #259 of 2214
    jmcain

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    I just today spoke with a Verizon technician who has already installed FIOS in Northern VA. He told me that he has completed installations with TiVo Series 3 components. Since Series 3 accepts cable cards ($2.99/mo/ea), it can be connected via FIOS and present a "better HD picture" than I receive over the air. It, however, cannot be used in the multiroom viewing media center. BTW, the set top boxes that connect to the media center do not currently provide HD--just standard video.
     
  20. Jan 22, 2007 #260 of 2214
    jmcain

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    I just today spoke with a Verizon technician who has already installed FIOS in Northern VA. He told me that he has completed installations with TiVo Series 3 components. Since Series 3 accepts cable cards ($2.99/mo/ea), it can be connected via FIOS and present a "better HD picture" than I receive over the air. It, however, cannot be used in the multiroom viewing media center.

    BTW, the set top boxes that connect to the media center do not currently provide HD--just standard video. Since all of my TVs are HD, FIOS still cannot provide me with multiroom viewing for at least two to three more months.
     

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