Tivo with Fios TV

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  1. Apr 13, 2006 #41 of 166
    rsnaider

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    You most likely just need to re-run Guided Setup. This will tell TiVo you have a different line-up and configure TiVo to control the diffferent box.
     
  2. Apr 13, 2006 #42 of 166
    m_jonis

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    What I'd like to know is there anyone out there with FIOS that's using a cable card?

    If not, then I'm not sure I'd want to chance it with an $800-1000 Series 3 in the "hopes" that can I use a cable card with FIOS.

    Yes, the Tivo may work with a set top box, but then you're stuck to recording one thing at a time (unless there's some magical way to get the STB to send both tuners to the Tivo somehow at the same time).

    Which, IMO would pretty much negate the need for a Tivo (in my case), as it'd be better to use their DVR at that point.

    But if anyone out there is using FIOS with Cable Card, it'd be great to know.
     
  3. Apr 16, 2006 #43 of 166
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    Verizon is still working on setting up Cablecard 2.0 with their system. Here is an excerpt from a rumor site but the guy is pretty reliable. It also talks about Verizon and Tivo partnering up. http://www.longhornxp.net/Verizon.html


     
  4. Apr 16, 2006 #44 of 166
    ThreeSoFar

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    Verizon + TiVo

    TiVo using coax for MRV

    That would be cool! Either, let alone both.
     
  5. Apr 16, 2006 #45 of 166
    m_jonis

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    Well, apparently I've found one person on the avs forums that actually has the CC 1.0 with Verizon.

    apparently Verizon is "new" to cable card and there's some kinks to be worked out (like the person had to have two separate visits from technicians who'd never installed one before and I believe it's working now, but no DD audio yet).

    I'm not worried about Cable Card 2.0 as it'll be a LONG time before we see any of that (even from cable companies).

    I just would rather use a Tivo DVR than anything else (and NOT have to go through a cable box so I can actually record two things at once).
     
  6. Apr 16, 2006 #46 of 166
    ThreeSoFar

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    I'm already doing this. Multiple series 2's do this pretty nicely. We have six in the house, though a couple of those are extras.

    And picture quality is not that big a deal. I don't mind waiting for an HDTiVo.

    My confidence level is not high, though, that TiVo as a company will survive long enough to make buying the HD S3 worthwhile. **

    ** edit: though that's not going to stop me
     
  7. Apr 23, 2006 #47 of 166
    passatdream

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    Has anyone been able to setup the Verizon FiOS service with their Tivo to watch one thing while recording another? I've tried to set it up and things that run through the cable box work and sound great. However, the video and audio that run directly to the tv are horrible. The video is fine, but the audio sounds like a skipping CD. Any advice?

    Thanks,
    C.
     
  8. Apr 23, 2006 #48 of 166
    stevel

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    You would need two FIOS boxes for that, wouldn't you?
     
  9. Apr 23, 2006 #49 of 166
    m_jonis

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    Yeah, I've got multiple Series 2 as well, but my gripe is having to go through the cable box to get all the channels. Almost $10/month here for the monthly rental on every cable box. $20/month plus 2 series-2 Tivo's (one's on lifetime, the other I left monthly at $7/month) brings the total to probably about $35/month.

    If I had a Series 3 with dual cable cards, the cards would be $3.50/month (from TW, not sure what Verizon would charge) plus whatever for the Series 3. Of course, I'd still keep my lifetime Series 2.
     
  10. Aug 4, 2006 #50 of 166
    musicforme

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    Just to clarify what others wrote in this thread, the infra-red blasters seem to work well with the Fios boxes? I sent an e-mail earlier today to a Verizon employee in Media Services and he's researching the serial port control for me (found his e-mail in a 2005 press release).

    Verizon recently added The Golf Channel and I'm seriously taking a look at them now (some PGA events will be exclusive to TGC in the near future).

    My wife would seriously injure me if our Tivo started having problems once we moved to Fios.
     
  11. Aug 4, 2006 #51 of 166
    dt_dc

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    You're running coax straight from the wall (or through a splitter) into an (analog) TV?

    Call up Verizon and complain about your analog channel audio quality. If it truly "sounds like a skipping CD" the problem isn't fixable by you. A little static / fuzz / hiss / whatever ... the problem could be your in-house coax. The PQ probably isn't as good as it could be either ... it's just the audio problems ae just easier to pick up

    If you're running coax straight into a digital TV (QAM tuner) though ... the problem could be your TV (or in-house wiring or the splitter or somthing else fixable by you).
    No, Verizon carries analog versions of several channels. Less than (typical) cable. But ... they're still there. Coax straight into a TV ... good to go.
     
  12. Aug 6, 2006 #52 of 166
    Sandlapper

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    Man, ifyou can get FIOS TV, you must able to get FIOS Internet. I would KILL to get that!
     
  13. Aug 6, 2006 #53 of 166
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    My parents had verizon fios installed last week. According to my dad, this box was necessary for the computer TV tuner card to work (the cable out is connected to the computer). However, we received no software to change channels and the TV tuner card won't receive any of the digital channels (only the bottom 20 are tuned in and the card isn't required to be set to channel 3). So right now, it looks like they'll need to get a set top box for the PC to tune in everything.

    Any idea what the box in the attached photo is for? It has a cable in, cable out, and an Ethernet connection. No IP address assignment is shown by my DHCP server's client list. Very odd.
     

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  14. Aug 7, 2006 #54 of 166
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    The black box is called a Network Interface Module and it is used for getting the guide, guide data and access to video on demand to the set top box. I don't know how it does it but that is what it is for.

    The TV tuner card. Is that the cable card provided by Verizon or something that you already had? I am not too familar with either one but you will need a cable card provided by Verizon to access the digital channels. I think they are only charging about $2/mo for it.
     
  15. Aug 7, 2006 #55 of 166
    TexasAg

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    From my understanding:
    The Network Interface Module or "NIM" acts as a MOCA bridge - it gets data via IP and transmits it over coax to the set top boxes. When you use VOD, for example, Verizon uses IPTV to transmit the requested program to the NIM, which then transmits the program over coax to the set top box for display.

    Fios only transmits channels 1-49 as in-the-clear analog. You'll need a set top box to get any higher channel.
     
  16. Aug 10, 2006 #56 of 166
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    Verizon Fios SUX unless you RENT a set top box (STB) for all your TV & Tivo's. For people like me (10 TV's & 2 Tivos) this adds up quick! Without the STB, Fios give a whopping 22 channels (and 3 aren't even in English!) Even with the STB, I was getting many, many more channels using cable. This on top of it took the techies 3 days, & 5 techs to get the setup working, and after they were finished, the 2 Tivo's fried! These were brand new! Some BS about the signal being too strong, but just TRY getting money outta Verizon to replace them!
     
  17. Aug 10, 2006 #57 of 166
    terryfoster

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    Yeah, most of that sounds like BS to me.
     
  18. Aug 14, 2006 #58 of 166
    daneyul

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    The FIOS STB's don't have the Serial port's enabled, which means channel changing is via the agonizingly slow IR cables.

    Anyone with TIVO who plans to get FIOS should call to make their voice heard on them implementing the serial ports via firmware. Without it, the Tivo/FIOS combination is crippled.

    Fios TV tech support number: (888) 553-1555
     
  19. Aug 14, 2006 #59 of 166
    stevel

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    Verizon may not care about TiVo.

    http://news.com.com/Verizon+adds+multiroom+DVR/2100-1034_3-6105226.html

    Sheesh - and people complain about TiVo's $12.95/mo... Apparently Verizon offers a single-channel DVR for, you guessed it, $12.95/mo.
     
  20. Aug 14, 2006 #60 of 166
    TexasAg

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    Not sure what you meant by "single channel." The Motorola DVR is dual-tuner.

    The Motorola box only buffers one channel and you can't jump between tuners, though. I miss my DirecTV Tivo, which let me jump back and forth between two channels without "recording" anything.
     

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