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Series 3 Verizon FIOS HD compat?

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

  1. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Ziphead

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    Tru2Way devices will still use CableCards. And, it doesn't matter how reluctant the cable companies are to provide them (very). It's the law.

    Far from dying, in fact, the cable companies must now use the cards themselves, going forward, in their own set-top boxes. Unfortunately I don't think they're mandated to deploy them separately, so they can still play dumb about installation procedures, and even pretend to have none in stock.

    This problem is specific to your area, where Cablevision has an exclusive contract with MSNBC. I think it's due to expire in the not-too-distant future, at which point Fios should pick up the channel. They already carry it everywhere else.
     
  2. Ziggy86

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    Any pixelation issues with Fios and your Tivo.
     
  3. Gregor

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    I had some that I noticed last night. Followed the instructions in the pixellation sticky and got rid of it. -10db seems to be the right number for my Tivos.
     
  4. JacksTiVo

    JacksTiVo TiVo User since 2001

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    None recently. I have the new version ONT that Version is installing and I understand it does not overpower the S3.

    I understand some pixelation and sound skips are most probably caused by signal transmission issues from the satellites to the cable providers receiving antennas.

    My most serious problem is that I have a vintage(?) 2000 Sony 53" projection
    HD ready television. They designed it to automatically detect the type of definition in the signal from the external tuner (in this case the TiVo S3, previously the SA HD STB). That is, is the signal from the tuner 480, 720 or 1080i? The set then displays briefly on the screen the type of signal it is receiving.

    So when there is very fast action or bright flashes the video goes black and then the TV resets and displays that it is again receiving a 1080i signal. Very, very annoying and I am going to be replacing it this Fall. There is no way I can set the Sony TV to a fixed 1080i input. I have experimented with all kinds of S3 output formats, but that does not fix the issue.

    I know it is the TV because another forum member described the exact same experience with the exact same Sony model that I have. A classic example of when you are an early adapter of new technology.
     
  5. Jasper

    Jasper New Member

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    Hey Jack, my Dad's new VIZIO does that. I thought it was the OTA tuner in his HR10-250......Could you please point me it the direction of that Sony thread. Thanks :)

    Sorry for the Hijack guys :(
     
  6. JacksTiVo

    JacksTiVo TiVo User since 2001

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    It was not a Sony thread, but discussed in a TiVo community forum see: http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=389181
     
  7. Sep 3, 2008 #1087 of 2214
    SuperRob

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    Had my install today. Mostly painless, after solving some residual networking issues in the house. Cable box and one cable card came up fine. Second cable card seems to only be getting the basic channels, and HD locals, but isn't getting anything 550 and above. I'll need to call to see if I can get that ironed out. Any ideas anyone?
     
  8. Sep 3, 2008 #1088 of 2214
    webin

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    The second card isn't properly initialized... probably in the Verizon system. A call to the Fiber Solutions Center should remedy your issue.
     
  9. Sep 3, 2008 #1089 of 2214
    SCVTFR747

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    Help!

    FIOS was installed, but TIVO won't connect wirelessly. It identifies the verizon router, but after I put in the wep key shown on the router, it won't connect. As a workaround the verizon guy used a really long ethernet cable, but that's a temporary solution. Any suggestions? Is it correct to enter the wep key when tivo asks for the password? Or should I say there's no password?
     
  10. Sep 3, 2008 #1090 of 2214
    webin

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    Your question might be better placed in the Help forum..... I don't remember the specifics of setting up the wireless connection, but I would recommend first disabling WEP on your router (so that you have an open hotspot), and see if tivo and connect to that. Then try putting a WEP key back in.... I think it's in the password slot, but I can't remember off the top of my head.
     
  11. Sep 3, 2008 #1091 of 2214
    Gregor

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    Check to see that you're keying it in correctly. The only allowable characters are 0-9 and A-F. Also be sure you're connecting to the right router, I can see 7 FIOS routers from my house!
     
  12. Sep 3, 2008 #1092 of 2214
    rocko

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    I'm pretty sure the Actiontec stores and displays the WEP key in hex format. You need to make sure you're entering the key in hex mode during the TiVo network setup.
     
  13. Sep 3, 2008 #1093 of 2214
    Gregor

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    Good catch!

    Yes the key is in hex.

    (Also good practice to change the key to WPA....)
     
  14. Sep 3, 2008 #1094 of 2214
    SuperRob

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    Got home today, and the second card was working fine. Must have just taken a while to kick in.

    So now the new question ... anyone know when TiVo will have a correct channel lineup for the Seattle, Washington market? I'm using Portland, OR right now because TiVo didn't have a listing for FIOS Seattle yet.
     
  15. Sep 4, 2008 #1095 of 2214
    dpoterek

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    I have 2 Tivo HD's....one newly installed and one a few years old.

    The olderr until started with Pixelation and partial records a few weeks ago.

    The new box has 2 cable cards installed and has pixelation and sometimes gray channels (both tivo's get this problem).

    Comcast has cycled thru several cards and they are not sure what to do.

    I notice only 1 of the 2 cards in each unit says subscribed....I pointed this out to the techs, but they say the pairing signals show successfull at the head end.

    What diagnostics can I do to ensure cards are working properly, or to look for any signs of trouble via the tivo diagnostics screens?

    I have been a subscriber for years, but I am ready to put a couple S3's up for sale and get a Comcast DVR.
     
  16. Sep 4, 2008 #1096 of 2214
    Ziggy86

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    Does the pixelation happen for a few seconds? DOes it happen many times during a show? I am curious because Fios is available in my area now but I am worried about this issue. Does it make the viewing very bad because I can deal with it happening for a second or two once during a show.

    Steven



     
  17. Sep 4, 2008 #1097 of 2214
    dpoterek

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    It can be for a few seconds or it can go to a gray screen. I also have it pop to the cablecard screen. So the results vary each time.
     
  18. Sep 4, 2008 #1098 of 2214
    dslunceford

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    I'm still noticing pixelation on a couple of channels, but waiting until new channel lineup kicks in here on 9/22 before calling VZ back out to check it again. It's been a while since I poked my head in this thread...in general, are folks finding that the new ONT (asking for a replaceent) is fixing their issues?

    Also, a question on how SPs will hold up when VZ switches around the channel locations. Will I need to go back and re-setup those for channels that have moved ("standard" HDs moving out of 800s down to the 500/600 range). I know SPs follow "time," but because they are channel dependent, I would think I'd need to go in and reset.
     
  19. Sep 4, 2008 #1099 of 2214
    Ziggy86

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    I currently have the 611 ONT from Fios and I have heard it had some problems.

    If I opt for Fios TV will they change this to the new one if I ask for it, if they don't I will not be getting FIOS tv
     
  20. Sep 4, 2008 #1100 of 2214
    webin

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    I'm fairly certain they will want to upgrade your ONT to whatever the latest model is. When I added TV service in February, they tech wanted to swap out my ONT before he did anything else. If you ask, I'm almost certain you can get yours replaced.
     

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