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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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    Mine (with a Series 3 TiVo) were way, way clearer on Fios than they were on DirecTV (with an HR10-250). I guess a lot depends on your receiver.
     
  2. lrhorer

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    M-cards have been out since early 2007. I suppose it's possible Verizon doesn't have any stock of them pending their use of all their old S-card stock, but I find it unlikely.
     
  3. jap3

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    I re-read my post and it was unclear. I don't have a S3...yet. My HR10-250 is clearer than the MOTO box that came with Fios.
     
  4. Oct 1, 2008 #1184 of 2214
    wmcbrine

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    No, that was clear. That's why I said "I guess a lot depends on your receiver."
     
  5. Oct 1, 2008 #1185 of 2214
    nemein

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    Wow... I see what people mean about the pixelization problem now :( The HD shows recorded over the last couple of days have been almost unwatchable. The SD shows seem to be fine though.
     
  6. Oct 1, 2008 #1186 of 2214
    JacksTiVo

    JacksTiVo TiVo User since 2001

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    I posted on another thread, http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=347640, that my recent problem with pixelation was caused by loose connections of the coax cables into my S3 and by using too many 90 degree swivel connectors. All of my connections are now wrench tight and I removed all 90 degree connectors and my picture and audio have never been better. That is not to say that the older FiOS ONT model 711 are also troublesome with pixelation. My ONT is model 712.
     
  7. Oct 1, 2008 #1187 of 2214
    sinanju

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    While ordering service, when I told Verizon that Comcast was currently charging me $0 for the first card and $1.74 for the second card in my S3 and that a $7/mo charge to replace the STB they'd otherwise give me for free was a deal breaker, they agreed to take those charges off of my bill.

    We'll see what actually happens.
     
  8. Oct 1, 2008 #1188 of 2214
    webin

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    Wow, I'm jealous.
     
  9. Oct 1, 2008 #1189 of 2214
    jap3

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    So, are you saying that with a S3 on Fios your reception was clearer than an HR10-250 on DTV? I'm so close to buying an S3. I may pull the trigger tomorrow. Just not sure if I should get the S3 that has been discontinued or the Tivo HD. I'm wondering if the S3 (discontinued) will have the ability to get the latest software upgrades.
     
  10. Oct 2, 2008 #1190 of 2214
    wmcbrine

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    Absolutely.

    Yes, it will get software updates for the foreseeable future, just like the oldest of the Series 2's still gets. (Admittedly, they no longer support the S1.) Whether it's worth the premium vs. a TiVo HD, though, is questionable.
     
  11. Oct 2, 2008 #1191 of 2214
    aaronwt

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    If I had my way all my boxes would be Series 3 boxes. INstead of only three of them while the other four are TiVoHD boxes.
    The Series 3 boxes have been much better in every way in my setups. The only two things I like better about the TiVoHD is the location of the cable card slots and the price.
    But on regular usage I would have a serious problem using the TiVoHD everyday in my main system. After fast forwarding or rewinding it always takes the DD signal 1 to 2 seconds to come back up. But from my Series 3 boxes it comes back up in a split second.
    My TiVoHD boxes in my other locations are set for pcm output so they don't have this problem.
     
  12. Oct 2, 2008 #1192 of 2214
    DeWitt

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    Night and day difference from the HR10-250. HD channels look just like OTA to me on my new Tivo HD with Fios. Suprisingly it is even better than the HR10-250 was on OTA signals.
     
  13. Oct 2, 2008 #1193 of 2214
    Dzipi

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    I had an Verizon Fios installation yesterday, techs spend most of the time on other issues (FIOS - phone, TV and internet installation). When we finally got to the point of installing cable cards it was very late and here is what I am stuck with currently (I am at work and I'll call them later today, they were trying hard but they did not do it before - so I am afraid thay can't help a lot):

    - Tivo is showing only broadband/local channes - in Standard def. and HD, but nothing else I apologize is this has alreayd been asked, but anyone had this issue before?

    - Which zip code should I select during the Guided Setup? I live in Redmond,WA (98052) and Verizon is not offered as an option. Tried a couple of ?educated? guesses but got nowhere...


    Thanks in advance!
     
  14. Oct 2, 2008 #1194 of 2214
    bkdtv

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    This is what you see when your CableCards have not been properly authorized.

    That's the first I heard of that. Submit a lineup report:

    http://www.tivo.com/setupandsupport/contactsupport/lineup_tool.html
     
  15. Oct 2, 2008 #1195 of 2214
    jap3

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    Very good. I was looking at the TivoHD today and almost pulled the trigger. But I got an email today from a certain upgrade place offering a discontinued Series 3 for $399. It's a bigger hard drive and after the comments from aaronwt I may just get the S3. I'll decide before bed tonight. Thanks for your comments regarding this. I love this place.
     
  16. Oct 4, 2008 #1196 of 2214
    tividiot

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    Try 98072 (which is Woodinville). Worked for me.
     
  17. Oct 6, 2008 #1197 of 2214
    pjb923

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    This is getting really frustrating. I am trying to order FIOS and finally got someone on the phone that knows what cablecards are and confirmed that they should work with the Tivo. I placed the order, making it very clear that I needed 2 cablecards and a DVR for a 2nd room, and the 20/5 internet service.

    When I got the email confirmation it said:

    You ordered: FiOS Internet [10Mbps/2Mbps]

    FiOS TV Order Details:
    You ordered: Essentials
    -DVR Provisioning
    -Digital Adapter - DCT 700
    -Service Installation
    -Free Existing outlet (up to 3)

    She read the entire order to me on the phone. 2 cablecards and a DVR, and 20/5 service. Where are my cablecards, and where did the DCT 700 come from?

    Looks like I'll be making yet another phone call to Verizon.
     
  18. Oct 6, 2008 #1198 of 2214
    richsadams

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    That sort of thing worries me too. I haven't ordered FIOS yet, but our cell phone billing experience with VZ seems to echo what others here are saying...they are less than stellar. :mad: Apparently their tech side is pretty good, but when it comes to getting something done on the paper-side of the equation, VZ gets a D- in our report card. We tried to have our address changed and it took them over seven months! Simple thing...we moved, please change our address. We did it on line, we called, we did it on line again, we called again, and again and again. What a nightmare. Hope they get their act together one of these days. :thumbsdown:
     
  19. Oct 6, 2008 #1199 of 2214
    nemein

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    So I just received my first FIOS bill and I'm confused... First they said everything would be broken out (so a $ for the TV, $ for the I'net and $ for the phone) but it's not, everything is just listed as FIOS bundle. This really sucks because work reimburses me for I'net access, provided I can show what I paid. Here's where it gets really odd though. I used to access my DSL bill/receipts [paid for it w/ a CC] online. When I logged in to look at that there is a charge there still. One that is higher than was I was paying for DSL so I assume it is the FIOS charge, but it seems to me they are billing me twice now (once online charged to the CC, and then a paper bill covering some of the same service). I'm going to call them later but I figured I'd ask here to see if anyone knew anything or had a similar experience.
     
  20. Oct 6, 2008 #1200 of 2214
    nemein

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    Well it seems it was just the recordings early last week (last Mon & Tues) that were screwed up, so hopefully it's a transient sort of thing. It was kind of stormy those nights IIRC, is this setup that susceptible to storms/interference like that?
     

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