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Series 3 Verizon FIOS HD compat?

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

  1. Jul 24, 2007 #421 of 2214
    wmcbrine

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    I have the sneaking suspicion that, when M-Cards become available, they'll cost the same to rent as two regular cards.
     
  2. Jul 25, 2007 #422 of 2214
    Martin Tupper

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    Was there ever a resolution to this? I had FIOS TV installed yesterday in Falls Church, VA, and sure enough, my local HD channels (801-809 & 860-???) are pixelating. What have people done to resolve these issues?
     
  3. Jul 25, 2007 #423 of 2214
    bdraw

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    Why not just use an antenna? You'll probably get more channels anyways.

    One of the favorite things about the S3 is how well it integrates OTA and Cable/FIOS. I know it's silly, but it's also nice to have the locals where they belong, at channel 3, 10, 13, and 28, rather than 803, 810 etc.
     
  4. Jul 25, 2007 #424 of 2214
    Martin Tupper

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    I've been using OTA exclusively for 3 months with my Series 3. However, multipath issues and different tower locations prevent me from getting all of my locals reliably with my current (silver sensor) antenna. While I could invest in an array of rooftop antennae to (hopefully) improve the reliability of my reception, that's what I'm paying Verizon for.
     
  5. Jul 25, 2007 #425 of 2214
    bdraw

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    I'm with you on that one, all the channels should work, period.

    But at the same time, if I liked everything about FIOS except one problem that may or may not be fixed down the road; and I could resolve this myself while at the same time take advantage of a few other benefits, then why not?

    Also, whether you have Comcast or FIOS, the OTA antenna can come in handy for when your service is unavailable because of a storm, the quality is sometimes better and more channels to boot. All this for under $100, seems hard to beat.

    Here is my current antenna config.
    http://www.engadgethd.com/2006/01/30/ota-hd-demystified/
     
  6. Jul 25, 2007 #426 of 2214
    musicforme

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    I doubt a problem in your area would cause a lower signal strength on the S3.

    The ONT on the side of your house generates the signal strength for the co-ax in your house. I had some issues early on with my Series 3 last year and ended up replacing some old co-ax in my attic.
     
  7. Jul 25, 2007 #427 of 2214
    Gerhard

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    Interestingly, I notice that when I first has the FIOS TV Installed, the 800 series channels had motion based pixelization. (Like a highly compressed signal...)

    After a day or two, it suddenly stopped.

    The recent pixelization that we were experiencing here was most like distortion, similar to what happens what wind moves a satelite dish back and forth...

    Gerhard
     
  8. Jul 28, 2007 #428 of 2214
    pugsley07302

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    Yep - same problem in North Bethesda -- pixelating on non-HD channels - very badly on Comedy Central and FX... are you having same issue?
     
  9. Jul 28, 2007 #429 of 2214
    bdraw

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    Had my FIOS CableCARD installed today, they guy had 5 cards with him and none were multi-stream cards. He said he hadn't heard of the M-Card before. Overall I am very satisfied with my install. Both guys were knowledgeable and they did a great job.

    Thanks to this forum on the heads of of that 161-1 error, it saved me some grief. One card of the four I had installed, still isn't showing up as authorized, but we couldn't get it working. I told him I would wait a few days before calling support.
     
  10. Jul 29, 2007 #430 of 2214
    megory

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    Ahk! No FIOS over here yet. I'm stuck with Bright House. Who knows how much the BH cards cost?
     
  11. Jul 29, 2007 #431 of 2214
    bdraw

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    In Tampa they charge $4/mo, FIOS charges $3/mo. Both are overpriced, but $3 is better than $4. Hopefully when the S3 is upgraded to support M-Cards, I can cut by bill down even further.
     
  12. Jul 29, 2007 #432 of 2214
    megory

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    Right now I pay app. $32:

    DVR Service 9.95
    Digital Add'l Outlet .95
    DVR Service 6.95
    DVR Smart Box 6.95
    HD DVR Smart Box 6.95

    Plus $12.95 TiVo

    When I get the new TiVonI'll pay for 2 cards, and whatever else they stick me for. Oh yeah, and the price of the Tivo and the new TV (so I'll save money, huh.)
     
  13. Jul 29, 2007 #433 of 2214
    bdraw

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    I'll let you know when I get my first bill.
     
  14. Jul 30, 2007 #434 of 2214
    Gerhard

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    I was paying about $140.00/month for Comcast, and with the same service from Verizon I'm paying $90.00/month.

    I really should break out the bill and see what the specific charges are.

    Basically, I'm getting the 15/2 FIOS Internet service with FIOS TV for what I used to pay for just Comcast.
     
  15. Jul 30, 2007 #435 of 2214
    megory

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    I also have charges of $73 which include a conglomeration of my internet services and assorted TV services (written in near bafflegab) so my total monthly charges are 113.10
     
  16. Jul 30, 2007 #436 of 2214
    bdraw

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    I waited a few days and still no luck on the 2nd CableCARD in my TiVo. It still insisted it was NOT_SUBSCRIBED in the conditional access CableCARD menu. So I called tonight and the guy said, sure I can fix that, just give me a sec. Honestly I didn't believe him, but a few minutes later I was up and running. I have to say that it seems like Verizon has a handle on things, especially compared to Bright House Networks. We'll see if I say the same thing after I request a M-Card for the TiVo HD I'm expecting.
     
  17. Jul 31, 2007 #437 of 2214
    megory

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    Congratulations! You are a terrific canary for us!
     
  18. Aug 1, 2007 #438 of 2214
    bhaas

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    Is VZ sending any QAM chnls in the clear? If so, is the card necessary at all if one does not watch premium channels? I'm curious, because the FIOS system is inherently less prone to cable theft since its optical up to your house, thus VZ may not feel the need to encrypt all their digital chnls, just the a la carte ones?

    I know the card serves for more than just decrypting, but...

    Has anyone (Anne Arundel Maryland, specifically) been able to view/record without the card(s) installed? I know 2-49 are analog and it'll see those with or without the card.

    If digitals are watchable without the card, what ones? locals only? all the SD non-premiums? SD+HD non-premiums?

    I do not have any premium channels, just the standard pkg.

    thx.
     
  19. Aug 1, 2007 #439 of 2214
    JustAllie

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    Just 2-49 are viewable without the CableCARD(s) installed.
     
  20. Aug 1, 2007 #440 of 2214
    bhaas

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