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Series 3 Verizon FIOS HD compat?

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

  1. ilh

    ilh New Member

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    Recording settings are irrelevant for digital cable channels as the TiVo simply dumps the digital stream to disk. FiOS does generally have higher bit rates (i.e., higher quality) than competitors.
     
  2. nemein

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    I'm pretty sure w/ Cox I did get the "quality" option on both Myth Busters and Iron Chef (the two I'm archiving onto DVD). I just haven't checked it under FIOS yet to see if that's still there or not.
     
  3. sender_name

    sender_name I remember XM 202!

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    if you are recording standard def than you can chose your quality...if you are recording an HD channel you cannot set the quality b/c it is a fixed digital signal, reguardless of wether it is actually HD Widescreen or just a 4x3 carried on an hd channel.
     
  4. ilh

    ilh New Member

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    You cannot set the recording quality on digital SD either. It is a fixed digital signal (MPEG2) just like HD.
     
  5. nemein

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    I understand that, but I thought it went beyond that as well. W/ Cox there were some non-HD channels that didn't offer the quality selection, I just haven't checked if these programs still offered that or not... or if somehow they switched from the non-HD version of the channel to the HD version. Although I don't think that's the case because most of the HD files seems to be 5-10G.
     
  6. nemein

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    That's what I expect happened. W/ Cox, even though it was supposedly digital service, I believe the channels weren't actually digital whereas w/ FIOS they are now. Like I said I'll look into it more when I get a chance.
     
  7. DeWitt

    DeWitt New Member

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    Just a quick note to relay my so far positive experience. Installed this morning in NJ. We are a new area, Fios has only been available for a few months. Cable cards came up no problem. So far everything looks fine, no pixellation. Tech told me they where told the Tivo needed a really hot signal! he wanted to run it with an unsplit line. I had him put it in as it was and everything looks great.

    It is worth noting that I ran all new RG6 quad shield cable.
     
  8. nemein

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    That does seem to be the case. I just checked and I no longer seem to have a "quality" option on anything, even those that w/ Cox I did.
     
  9. Ziggy86

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    Keep us posted. I live in Queens and they just started to install FiOS tv, I am holding off until I hear how things go but all this pixellation talk has me concerned. Hopefully since this is new to my area maybe they will have the latest equipment and it will not cause this problem.

    I thought a hot signal causes TIVO problems.
     
  10. acvthree

    acvthree Active Member

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    A lot of us, maybe most of us, don't experience pixilization and haven't had to use any filters to achieve that result. It just worked from the very beginning.

    Al
     
  11. Ziggy86

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    That is good news, I guess you just hear about the problems.

    Thanks for letting me know.
    Steven
     
  12. kurtster

    kurtster New Member

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    Thanks for everyone's advice and help. Nearly a week has passed and it's freakin' great. I'm so glad I did this.

    One thing I didn't mention is that I called to order the cable cards before the tech arrived and they had no issues with adding them, and when he came, he had them so I can't complain one bit about the process of asking for the cards and having the tech bring them.

    I'm really hating this Motorola DVR. What's with the ridiculous pixeliation/artifacting on this DVR whenever you pause an image? It's like their interlacing/de-interlacing and really doing it poorly. Freeze-frames are awful. I may pick up one of the refurb TiVo HD units. I have some questions maybe someone can answer:

    1.) Will I be able to transfer to and from the Series 3 and the TiVo HD without any weird stuff?

    2.) Can I just call up Verion and ask them to mail me two more Cable cards? Has anyone else here with FIOS had to order more cards because they bought a second TiVo?

    Thanks again.
     
  13. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    I was told I needed a truck roll when I added my 7th and 8th cable cards.

    If they didn't charge so much for a truck roll, and didn't charge me extra for CC I would get two more cable cards. But I'm already paying $24 a month for the ones I have.
     
  14. DVRaholic

    DVRaholic I love my Series 3

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    Just had New Verizon Fios service installed on my Series 3 on Wednesday

    My area was turned on for Internet and phone in July, finally turned on for Video a few weeks ago

    I initally had the Double play, transferred over to the Triple play without asking twice :)

    It Took them a while to get the Cable cards activated on my Series 3
    Tech insisted on doing both at the same time even though I showed him the Series 3 instructions
    But we eventually got them going

    Picture has been PERFECT no problems whatsoever on the HD channels.

    Tech did put a 6 db Attenuator on the line as he said the signal was coming in very hot, so this more then likely eliminated any potential problems

    The HD channels are noticeably sharper then Directv's Mpeg-4 HD (at least to my eyes they are :)

    ESPN-HD looks Fantastic tonight!!!

    I'm so glad I made the Switch :)


    FYI.. My ONT is the Motorola 1000
     
  15. nemein

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    I'm curious about the pixelation problem everyone has been talking about. I noticed on some shows I was watching today (recorded not live if that matters) occasionally part of the screen would go kind of fuzzy for lack of a better description. It wasn't as noticeable as what would happen w Cox sometimes when parts of the screen would be obviously "blocky" and frequently change to different/random/solid colors. So if the former description is what people are talking about I think I can live w/ that. If it's more similar to what I would see w/ Cox I haven't seen anything like that yet.
     
  16. richsadams

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    Most are referring to macroblocking such as you described from Cox, nothing "fuzzy". What you saw sounds like a random broadcast issue, likely from the source so probably nothing to worry about.
     
  17. richsadams

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    Great to hear and encouraging to those of us waiting (and waiting, and waiting) for FIOS.

    Enjoy!
     
  18. nemein

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    One other really odd problem I've been encountering since switching to FIOS is the Tivo Desktop app is frequently crashing now and isn't doing the regular xfers it's supposed to be doing. I guess I should mention when I did the install I had to change to location of the router so the machine running the app was previously hardwired but it is now on wireless (as is the Tivo both before and after) but that's the only real change I can think of (aside from getting the ActionTech router... or whatever it is). Has anyone else seen a similar problem? I think I may be able to move this machine and hopefully find a work around, it's just very odd...
     
  19. markp750

    markp750 New Member

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    Here in the burbs of DC we just got the massive channel rearrangement. My lineup is all screwed up since this morning. Wrong logos, no program info, etc. I suppose all of my season passes are going to record gray or the wrong shows.
    How long does this info take to get updated? Will the Season passes automatically correct themselves or will I have to go in and rebuild them?

    Thanks,
    Mark P.
     
  20. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    Use the 21044 zipcode in the guided setup and pick the Arundel channels. This is what I did with my four boxes. I just unchecked the Baltimore stations and kept the DC stations checked. All the other stations are the same. All my season passes changed to the correct channel numbers and my boxes are ready to record tonight. The HD channels are there in the guide mapped properly. This is the best solution for now and the only thing you need to do is uncheck the Baltimore stations since they aren't on the DC lineup. While the Arundel Mills area has both the DC and Baltimore stations in their FIOS lineup.
     

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