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Old 08-04-2014, 04:13 PM   #1
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Switching to FIOS?

I am in Westford, MA and we recently got FIOS in our neighborhood. So I am considering whether to switch from Comcast/Xfinity to FIOS. FIOS is a little cheaper. One thing holding me back is the need to replace the cable cards in my Premiere and my Series 3. Getting these set up in the first place was problematical, with the installer spending hours on the phone.

In general all is working reasonably well now, including a lot of watching Netflix. It does take some 3 hours to download a HD movie from Amazon.

I am looking for advice, stories etc from others who have made this switch. Was it worth it? How did the installs go?
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Old 08-04-2014, 04:20 PM   #2
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Something that I forgot. With Comcast/Xfinity I do get their On Demand via TiVo. The Verizon sheet indicates that this is not the case. Is this your experience?
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Old 08-04-2014, 04:20 PM   #3
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Something that I forgot. With Comcast/Xfinity I do get their On Demand via TiVo. The Verizon sheet indicates that this is not the case. Is this your experience?
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Old 08-04-2014, 05:07 PM   #4
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I'm jealous.

You can probably leverage the "real threat" of switching to fios with comcast for a lower rate.
Probably lower than fios.
Worst case; you switch to fios, at least you have the choice...
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Old 08-04-2014, 05:11 PM   #5
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Cablecard activation with Fios isn't a big deal. It's usually quite easy. The cards needs to be ordered over the phone though. (If you order service online, you can call them afterwards to change the order.)

Verizon's VOD is not supported on Tivo, no.

There was an issue about a year ago when their cablecards would activate but not pair to the Tivo correctly. (You can test this by going to channel 131 on Fios. If it comes in, you're fine.) I don't know if this is still a problem, but if it happens either you or the installer can call support and ask them to manually validate the card. That's the keyword. That should fix it.

Otherwise, I'm quite happy with service. Fios + Tivo = Happy Combo.
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Old 08-05-2014, 10:17 AM   #6
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Otherwise, I'm quite happy with service. Fios + Tivo = Happy Combo.
Yeah BigJim,
Rub it in...
I can only wish for Fios to come to my 'hood.
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Old 08-06-2014, 10:11 PM   #7
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yeah, once you experience FIOS, you don't want to go back to cable.
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Old 08-10-2014, 04:51 PM   #8
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I switched to FiOS back in 2009 and will probably never go back to Cablevision.
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Old 08-11-2014, 10:20 AM   #9
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FIOS has an online utility for pairing cablecards - you will not regret switching.
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Old 08-11-2014, 05:08 PM   #10
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FIOS has an online utility for pairing cablecards - you will not regret switching.
To be more precise - FIOS has an on-line utility for activating cablecards. They may or may not be paired after using it (mine wasn't). The difference is that unpaired, activated cards get all channels except they won't get premiums like HBO.
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Old 08-12-2014, 10:40 AM   #11
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Mine worked fine after using the online utility (with HBO)
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Old 08-13-2014, 01:22 PM   #12
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I switched from Comcast to Fios about 5 years ago in Southeastern, MA. The only drawback is that Fios charges $5 per cable card. Is Comcast cheaper than that? It was only $1.99 when I switched.
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