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Old 07-02-2012, 02:55 PM   #1
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Thinking of going from FIOS to RCN

Am I crazy?
Trying to lower my bills a bit. I have a premier and an S3 and I was thinking of taking RCN's deal on the 4 tuner Premier and their streaming capability with their media extenders. I'd sell my S3 (with lifetime and 1.5TB drive) and save a bit of cash.

Anybody that have RCN, especially in Boston, are the 50Mbit speeds really truly 50Mbit and do they throttle or cap?

Also can I MRV between my owned premier and their premier?
Can I upgrade the internal hard drive in the RCN premier?
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Old 07-02-2012, 03:05 PM   #2
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I have RCN but live in the Newton/Needham area. This falls under their Boston area location so my experience should apply.

I don't have the 50 mbs service but I have their 20 mbs and have experience download speeds of 20-25 mbs for 20-30 minutes at a time. The uptime has been tremendous with only 1 outage for about 3-4 hours in the past 6 years.
However, I have no experience with their Tivos as I have 3 privately owned ones.
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Old 07-02-2012, 06:12 PM   #3
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I am in Needham as well. You said 25 mbit for 25-30 mins at a time. Do you find the service slows down over time?
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:24 PM   #4
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Why don't you just get a Premiere and continue to use FIOS?
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Old 07-02-2012, 10:47 PM   #5
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Well, I just got FIOS deal of 155 for 4 cable cards and the triple play. I have an S3 which takes 2 cable cards, a premier and an hd home run prime.

My thought is this. Sell my s3 with lifetime and ditch the $8 I am paying for cable cards.
Rcn is giving me a 4 tuner premier And their streaming box. With those 2 I can go further and ditch my hdHomerun and another cable card.
I'd be down to 127 a month vs 150-160 I pay for FIOS. The tough decision here is the Internet speed. I get 75 down from FIOS which is rock solid. I have no experience with Rcn and not sure if the 50/7 is really 50 without throttles or caps.
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Old 07-03-2012, 06:33 AM   #6
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Don't know who provides your phone service, but bundling TV+phone+internet with FIOS could also lower your overall cost too. FIOS router uses MOCA so you could connect your Premiere, via a MOCA adapter, and any new Tivo 4 tuner box which has MOCA, if you buy one for some very fast transfers. Don't know RCN and so don't know if they also use MOCA.
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Old 07-03-2012, 08:15 AM   #7
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RCN uses MoCA according to their website about their whole home TiVo solution. It uses TiVo previews and the TiVo four tuner Premiere Q.

http://rcn.com/customer-center/tivo-q
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Old 07-03-2012, 08:46 AM   #8
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I find the downloads consistent 20-25 mbs for the full 25-30 minutes. As a data point, I haven't done one of those downloads in about 6-9 months
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