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Series 3 Verizon FIOS HD compat?

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

  1. Sep 15, 2006 #41 of 2214
    dcpmark

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    Yeah. I've had 15/5 Fios internet service for a while here in Redondo Beach, CA, but now that the S3 is here, I am DYING to get FiosTV to replace DTV. I just spoke with a city rep, who said that they won't approve an agreement until Verizon finishes building out the fiber network over the entire city, which probably won't happen until early next year..... :mad:. Now I've got to decide whether to purchase an S3 in advance to take advantage of the limited offer S1-to-S3 lifetime service swap, or wait to see what TiVO will offer next year... :confused:
     
  2. Sep 15, 2006 #42 of 2214
    musicforme

    musicforme It's a Dry Heat

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  3. Sep 15, 2006 #43 of 2214
    bkdtv

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    I waited an extra two days hoping to get the box cheaper via Amazon, so the answer is no, I don't have this setup yet, because my CableCard installation appointment isn't until Monday.

    That said, I've had discussions the head of FiOS' engineering department and was assured 1) they've seen the Series3 working with their system, and 2) it works very well with their system, outside of VOD.

    Wait until Monday if you want my personal experience w/ FiOS and the Series3.
     
  4. Sep 15, 2006 #44 of 2214
    bkdtv

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    classicX

    classicX Don't scream.

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    DEAR GOD. all that for $40 a month....... [heart attack=+1]

    I have a deal like that with Comcast (Digital Silver for $40 per month) but that was only for six months and runs out on December 5th, when the price goes to nearly $80 per month.

    And I don't even need the sports package, so I'd be fine with paying for four cablecards per month.

    All the HD channels I get (except INHD1/2) plus: MTVHD, National Geographic HD, and Wealth TV HD (WHAT THE HECK IS WEALTH TV?? My wife would LOVE that channel).

    Is that a lifetime price or promotional???

    Plus they have THIS. Good heavens, I hope they get TV in NJ.
     
  6. Sep 15, 2006 #46 of 2214
    bkdtv

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    Service is $39.95/mo but you get $5/mo off if you also subscribe to Internet service. If you subscribe to Verizon phone service, you get another $5/mo off.

    Here's the typical FiOS TV + Internet bill.

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    Subtract $16.90/mo off that bill if you aren't renting their DVR and set-top box.

    In NY and NJ, that gets you 10Mbps Internet with 2Mbps upstream. If you want even faster Internet, 20Mbps with 5Mbps upstream is $10/mo more.
     
  7. Sep 15, 2006 #47 of 2214
    classicX

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    That's about the same price as I'm getting from Comcast with more channels and faster internet.

    Anyone know if Verizon is working on getting TV in NJ? Right now it's only internet.
     
  8. Sep 15, 2006 #48 of 2214
    ATB

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    Both Gov. Corzine and the Senate have finally approved Verizon's NJ state wide franchise. I think rollout is supposed to start Nov/Dec ish. Could have been if NJ gov hadn't done its usual heel dragging. I have been enjoying my FIOS internet for a while now...looking forward to a series 3 and TV.
     
  9. Sep 18, 2006 #49 of 2214
    bigDvette

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    I spent 2 hours calling Verizon and talking to techs to confirm a few things.

    All Verizon Cablecards are 2.0 versions, but they only work 1 way (downstream) and not upstream and as stated earlier that means no guide and no VOD. No problem for me.

    2.0 Cablecards are not the same as multistream. The Verizon cards are not multistream so you will need 2 cards to record 2 shows at once off of the digital cable. You could record one OTA or analog cable and one digital cable channel together, but not 2 digital unless you have 2 cards.

    The 2 cards go in the tivo, nothing goes in the TV cablecard wise.

    Whether they will send you the cards or make you pay to install them is based on your area evidentially as they are mailing me my cards. I already have 1 card. They gave me the number to call and activate the cards. Push back and you may get them to send them to you.

    The fiber goes directly to your house and the ONT breaks it up in to TV, Internet and phone. TV takes longer to get than internet in most places as franchises aren't in place.

    Comcast does not offer any speed close to FIOS. When you get TV they upgrade your bandwidth both down/up to 30/5. No your down is limited to what you pay, but the up goes to 5 for everyone. Not only that, but it is reliable as anything I've ever had only having obvious issues when we loose electricity.

    And on that topic, I love Comcasts and the DSL companies commericals listing that you loose fios when the power is out. Well I also loose my router, computer, network disks, tivos, tv and refridgerator.

    My Tivos will be here on Tuesday and my cards will be here Tuesday as well and I will post my experience.
     
  10. Sep 18, 2006 #50 of 2214
    TexasAg

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    This has been discussed many times here on the forums. There are no 2.0 cablecards out yet. In fact, there are no multistream 1.0 cards out yet. The only cards out are unidirectional 1.0 cards.

    You can tell the tech was wrong since he said the 2.0 cards were not bidirectional. That's the whole point of 2.0 - bidirectional communication.

    These are simply 1.0 CC.

    FYI - Please let us know how it goes. My cablecard install in scheduled for Friday. And please PM me the phone number they gave you. I might need it (if my tech is having problems)! Thanks.
     
  11. Sep 18, 2006 #51 of 2214
    bigDvette

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    What the tech said is that they don't enable the upstream capabilities of the 2.0 card yet. He pulled out a bunch of manuals to read a bunch of specs to me. He may have been stating that they won't enable 2 way communication. I will have 3 cards in my hands tomorrow and I will compare to the card in my Tv which I know is 1.0 and post the model number on the card.

    There are definitely no multi-stream 1.0 or 2.0 cards yet.

    I'll admit I could be wrong, but in either case verizon does not have multistream cards nor do they allow for 2 way communication. That I think we all agree on.

    Tivo's arrived today, but no cards yet from Verizon. I could pull my TV one out, but I'll give it another day.
     
  12. Sep 18, 2006 #52 of 2214
    TexasAg

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    Good luck - I'm still waiting on my S3 from Tivo and hoping I get it before my CableCARD install on Friday. I've loved Verizon's TV service and really hope the install goes well and everything works with the S3. Please keep us posted!
     
  13. Sep 21, 2006 #53 of 2214
    terramar

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    I had 4 cable cards installed in a pair of S3's yesterday. Verizon wouldn't send out the cards, they had to roll somebody out for an install. He'd done only one or two other cable installs, and had never heard of a Tivo that used cablecards. He just handed them over to me and stood back.

    Installation went fine. I went through the documented steps and installed the cards. I went ahead and put both cards in at once in each of the two S3s, while he plugged his laptop in and logged in to a verizon site to enable the cards. It took just a few minutes, and we were receiving all channels just fine. No problems, no hiccups.

    Picture quality is terrific, and everything is working just as it should. If there are no problems in the next week, then I'm canceling DirecTV. Anybody needs some HDVR2's? :)
     
  14. Sep 21, 2006 #54 of 2214
    joegarrett

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    Just wanted to provide some info on Verizon FIOS. I don't have a S3 at this time but instead use the FIOS DVR. When we've got 2 shows recording and want to watch something live we can't unless we use OTA and then only locals. So, because my TV (JVC HD-52G886) has a cablecard slot I called Verizon and ordered a cablecard to go into the TV so now we'll be able to record 2 shows and watch a live show.

    Ordering the CC from Verizon was easy and cost $2.95 per month, I believe.

    Also, I did explain to the tech that people could be calling in for 2 CC for the new S3. He hadn't heard of it but was writing down what I was telling him to pass to supervisor for distribution to other techs.

    For what it's worth. :D
     
  15. Sep 21, 2006 #55 of 2214
    musicforme

    musicforme It's a Dry Heat

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    I have my install scheduled for tomorrow and hope to report similar results. I can't wait to get all the additional HD channels for only $6 more than Comcast's basic service.
     
  16. Sep 22, 2006 #56 of 2214
    BobCamp1

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    The need for speed is why cable cos. are deploying SDV ASAP. Very stiff competition from Verizon.

    You will lose all Internet service when the power goes out. Your POTS phones (i.e. ones not using VoIP) will work for six hours, as there is a UPS inside the ONT on the side of your house. After that, you'll have to (gasp) use your cell phone.

    I've been in hurricanes where the power and phone came back on in 24 hours, but the cable was out for weeks. Fortunately, I had DirecTV. BTW, have you seen THOSE commercials?
     
  17. Sep 22, 2006 #57 of 2214
    legalaliens

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    Did you compare the PQ with the S3/Cablecards to the PQ with the FiOS HD boxes (the Motorola DVR and the Motorola HD Receiver)?

    What I'm getting at is, along time ago, somebody posted something somewhere (sorry I'm not more specific, but my memory really sucks!) that insinuated that the Motorola boxes provided by Verizon are not able to completely render the full resolution of the received signal. In other words, while the FiOS infrastructure delivers channels at full bandwidth, their STB's don't deliver full bandwidth to your TV.
     
  18. Sep 22, 2006 #58 of 2214
    bproteau

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    Sounds great terramar! I've been waiting for this kind of post. Please update your experiences after a weeks use.

    I wanted to verify there are no guide related issues (i.e. You see all the channels you'd expect to see and no issues scheduling recordings or season passes.)

    Glad everything went smooth.
     
  19. Sep 22, 2006 #59 of 2214
    musicforme

    musicforme It's a Dry Heat

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    Verizon is here now. The installer wasn't told he needed CableCards, so someone is bringing them out to the house while he's here. He doesn't have a problem with me putting them in the Tivo, but he was trying to sell Verizon's dvr pretty hard.

    He's currently working on the side of the house and I'll post more once he's finished.
     
  20. Sep 22, 2006 #60 of 2214
    soulposition

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    VZ CableCard install is finally done after 10 hours. I'm so happy to have ditched that piece of **** Moto box and have my beloved TiVo back. After only playing with it for a few hours I'm ready to replace the other Moto box with an S3 this weekend.

    Turns out that when the installer gets his list of jobs in the morning they don't really read what they have todo. So when my installer saw he had a "C" order he just assumed it was a change order (which technically it was) but didn't know he had to bring CableCards, so of course he had to go get those.

    When he got back and we installed them, he ended up talking to a trainee that ended up screwing up the whole deal. This involved me having to have several orders created for my cards. Only to find out after 9 hours that the major problem was that the original DVR was not taken off my account. I have no idea why that would be the problem but once that was removed my cards worked beautifully.

    What I love about the TiVo over the Motorola box:

    - Menus are faster, like blazingly faster.
    - Picture seems clearer (even on SD channels).

    What I miss about the Motorola box: Nothing.
     

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