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Series 3 Verizon FIOS HD compat?

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

  1. Feb 9, 2009 #1461 of 2214
    jay_man2

    jay_man2 jay_man-also

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    With my S3, I think the picture is just a tad better than it is with the FiOS STB. But both are head and shoulders above what I got with Comcast.:cool:
     
  2. drew7777

    drew7777 New Member

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    Verizon is supposed to come today to delivery my cable card(s). I have a TivoHD and I told the phone rep from Verizon that I needed either two S cards or just one M card. Am I correct in saying that? Will I be able to utilize the dual tuner functionality with just one M card?

    I'm asking as I saw a post above regarding M card in a series3 Tivo.

    Thanks!
    -Drew
     
  3. pilotbob

    pilotbob New Member

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    Yes with a TivoHD that is correct.

    BOb
     
  4. drew7777

    drew7777 New Member

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    Ahhh, Tivo, I love you!

    The Fios tech showed up, had Maryland cable cards instead of Virginia ones? At any rate, he went to back to the office, swapped them, installed them, and I'm now back to normal with my Tivo.

    The install was pretty straight forward; we followed the directions provided by Tivo and there were no hiccups (I had already downloaded program information and updated to the newest version of their software).

    Anyone need an 80-hour Series2 Dual Tuner?

    Thanks again everyone!
    -Drew
     
  5. drew7777

    drew7777 New Member

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    Cable cards are installed and working, but I have a couple of questions about things to expect.

    1 - I'm getting a full gray screen for a second+ when switching channels. Is this typical?

    2 - I tried leaving the Tivo set to Native resolution but when switching between channels and from channels to the Tivo Now Playing screen it would drop the signal and cause the TV (Panasonic TH-42PZ85U connected via HDMI) to display the input# and a black screen. I decided I would set the video format of the TivoHD to 1080i fixed and this has fixed that issue. Should I leave it at 1080i - will it cause problems on SD/ED stations? Is there any way around this - maybe using composite cables? What is recommended.

    Thanks again!
    -Drew
     
  6. bkdtv

    bkdtv New Member

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    TiVo improved channel changing speed with the latest software. If you just installed your TiVo, it will still have the old software.

    Every TiVo ships with the relatively slow v8.1.7 software from early 2007. Furthermore, all guide databases must be indexed in the background for the first ~48 hours after initial setup. The background indexing noticeably slows responsiveness during that period. Most users receive an update to the latest software (now 11.0) after about a week, and guide data must be re-indexed for another ~48 afters after that update, temporarily slowing responsiveness again. The TivoHD does not reach full responsiveness until 48-72 hours after the v11.0 install.

    You can usually speed the software update process by forcing a few connections via Settings -> Phone & Network -> Connect to TiVo Service. Once your Phone & Network screen says "Pending Reboot," that means a software update is available for install. Normally, the TiVo would just reboot during the early morning hours to install the update, but you make that happen immediately by selecting Settings -> Restart or Reset System -> Restart the TivoHD. Software updates can take up to an hour to install.

    If you use a native or hybrid output mode, the TiVo will change output resolutions on the fly, depending on the channel you are on. Displays do not change resolutions instantly; some can do it in 1-2 seconds and others can take 5-6 seconds.

    If you used a fixed mode, all channels are converted to the same resolution for display, so you eliminate the resolution switching. If you do that, you are using the TiVo to process/upscale your SD channels rather than your TV.

    If you are new to the TivoHD, be sure to see my tips post right here.
     
  7. mae

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    Rich,

    How did it go? Now the free (crummy) DVR promotion is over and a $150 rebate promo is on, I'm about to pull the trigger. After (of course) my daughter puts our name in for HER $150 promo!

    I have to admit the with everything (currently) working with Comcast and the pixelation issues, I am a little scared. That's why I'm wondering how your switch went.;)

    Thanks.

    Mark
     
  8. richsadams

    richsadams Active Member

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    Hey Mark...hasn't happened just yet. I've been in and out of town and only just now has the dust settled enough for me to make an appointment. Wish I had good news for you. When I looked last week the "free" DVR for six months was still good...but I just found the $150 promo. That sounds much better (we don't need the VZ DVR of course).

    I'm still wary about the pixelation issue but am dying for the improved PQ and big pipe broadband. Plus the more-or-less very same programming we have w/Comcast at $206 is about $120 from VZ...at least for the first year. Makes it almost a no-brainer!
     
  9. mae

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    Rich,

    It will be about $85/month cheaper for me over the current Comcast/Verizon bills. Even more when the 6 month promo I begged from Comcast is over in 3 months!

    If you haven't ordered yet, make sure some family or friend will get the $50 per service ($150) referral bonus for you. There is a web site they use to submit your name and if you sign up in 30 days, they get the credit. My daughter called me during the Oscars last night when she saw a commercial for the new promo. SHE can't wait for me to switch.

    Looks like we'll be on about the same schedule.

    Mark
     
  10. richsadams

    richsadams Active Member

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    Ah, I hadn't gotten to the "$150 fine print" yet. I don't know of anyone that has FIOS at the moment. :( I'll have to think about that. Anyway, we can compare notes later! :up:
     
  11. webin

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    /hums to himself....
     
  12. mae

    mae member

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    Rich,

    They are different issues. The referral offer is a standing one for current subscribers, unrelated to the "promo of the month" for new subscribers.

    As for the fine print on the current "new subscribers $150) promo", I froze the screen on the commercial last night, and it seems to be a payoff in debit cards over time. I haven't had a chance to either call them or look at the web site.

    Mark
     
  13. richsadams

    richsadams Active Member

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    Thanks for that Mark...I will take a moment today to perform some due diligence and see what turns up. Debit cards spend just about as good as cash most places so I'm in if that's the case. Report back soon.

    Webin...will you be my friend? :D
     
  14. David Platt

    David Platt !Texas TCF Club

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    Damn. Always a day late and $50 short. I was hoping I could be your friend. :D
     
  15. richsadams

    richsadams Active Member

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    D'oh! :eek:
     
  16. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Ziphead

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    I'm a friend to anyone who wants to sign up with Fios. :D
     
  17. webin

    webin New Member

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    Heya Rich, thanks for the friend invite... but go ahead and take one of the other guys this time. I've got too much going on this week to deal with a VZ referral and the potential billing issues that might ensue. Oh how I wish that weren't true :-(
     
  18. mae

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    Rich,

    Looks like I made my move first...signed up today with an install set for 3/25.

    I found out a few interesting things that may be of use to you.

    1) The 800(etc) numbers on the ads lead to various call centers where folks don't seem to know much. It turns out VZ opened a store front less than 2 miles away. They do demos but again, had never heard of a cablecard. They exist as a pickup/exchange/drop-off point for boxes. They did give me a number with a local area code that went to a call center where people actually knew things!!!!:D They knew they had M cards and what a TiVo is. They knew about various internet options and routers.

    2) They had various additional deals (over and above the $150 debit card) like a $30 credit and an HD box free for a year. They were able to do a little negotiation. They also understood the referral credit for my daughter.

    So, you should try and find an equivalent in your area to bypass the national call centers. If you PM me, I'll give you the local number here and you can ask them.

    I'm a little concerned about some 28 year old RG59 that is now hidden, but I'm told that it "should" be OK for the TV and the MoCA due to the usually troubling high signal levels. I've bought a variable attenuator to deal with any issues for the TiVo.

    I'll post here on the installation experience in two weeks.

    Mark
     
  19. richsadams

    richsadams Active Member

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    Many tanks Mark. Sent a P.M.
     
  20. johncoyne

    johncoyne registered user

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    I see that you mentioned M cards. Are these now available from Verizon? Also, what's the benefit of the M card over the two cards I use now (I do know you need only one M card, and should (?) then save a bit of money on the card "rental") but are M cards better tech wise? Thanks.
    John, NY
     

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