Verizon FIOS cable card question

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  1. Jul 8, 2008 #1 of 32
    mastiff34

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    For those with FIOS, do you get charged per tv or per card? I was just wondering if I am going to have to shell out 10$/month for cable cards or $7.

    I currently get my cc cards free from comcast, so I think if I have to pay each much for fios cable cards it doesnt make sense anymore to switch to verizon for tv.

    Thanks for any input.
     
  2. Jul 8, 2008 #2 of 32
    GoHokies!

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    Per card, but I don't have my bill handy to see what the costs is - a quick google says $3.99. $8 bucks a month is a small price to pay for Verizon's superior offerings, and not having to reward Comcast with my business.
     
  3. Jul 8, 2008 #3 of 32
    webin

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    It's per card per month, so it is definitely a factor in your decision. I pay $7.98 for the two S-Cards I have in my tivo.
     
  4. Jul 8, 2008 #4 of 32
    rifleman69

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    I pay $2.99 a card per month, so $5.98.
     
  5. Jul 8, 2008 #5 of 32
    webin

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    That's the old rate, which you were grandfathered into. I signed up for my cards about 4 days after the cutoff (March 15th, 2008).
     
  6. Jul 8, 2008 #6 of 32
    mastiff34

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    Thanks guys, are the single stream cards or mplex? Ie do I need 3 cards or 4.

    Thanks!

    -Matt
     
  7. Jul 8, 2008 #7 of 32
    wmcbrine

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    So far, they only offer single-stream cards. :(
     
  8. Jul 8, 2008 #8 of 32
    aaronwt

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    I pay FiOS $2.99 per card so I pay $23.92 every month. That is the one thing I don't like about FiOS. With Comcast my Cable cards cost me zero and I had six cable cards with them.
     
  9. Jul 9, 2008 #9 of 32
    mastiff34

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    Yah, so when I call them to sign up for everything but the tv, I will tell them that as well, because currently my cable cards are free, so if they want to sell me cable tv they gotta give me the 4 cable cards I require free of charge. I'll report back if I have any luck with this =).

    Thanks for all the help guys you made it a very easy decision.
     
  10. aaronwt

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    Good luck. I haven't heard of them giving out the cable cards for free. That is one charge they seem to stick to.
    But even with my 8 cable cards, Fios is still cheaper than what I would be paying Comcast for the same programming I subscribe to.
     
  11. mastiff34

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    Yah, im definately going to do the math to confirm, but im pretty sure with the cable card charges fios will be more then comcast.
     
  12. ericlhyman

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    I currently have the FIOS DVR. Can I take the cable card out of that and use it in an HDXL Tivo or do I have to get a new card?

    If a new card is needed, will FIOS mail it out or is a truck rollout required?

    Are 2 cable cards needed for the HDXL to record two FIOS programs at a time?
     
  13. sgip2000

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    Verizon doesn't "pair" their cable cards so you should be able to move it without issue.
     
  14. cmshep222

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    Yes, Fios does have M cards. I have 1 M card from Fios for my Tivo HD...cost is $3.99 a month.
     
  15. bkdtv

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    Don't do that. Verizon doesn't like people removing the cards from their existing boxes, and it's possible the CableCards in the boxes (unlike those provided separately) are paired to the original device.

    Verizon requires a truck roll, but there's no installation fee unless you request an installation.

    When you order a CableCard, don't mention installation. If they ask whether it is OK for them to ship you the card, say yes. They won't actually ship you a card, but you'll receive a automated system call within 2-3 days with the date and time of the CableCard installation (make sure they have your correct number on record so you get the message).

    The only way to get charged for the install is if you request the installation appointment, rather than allowing their system to do it later. If you schedule an appointment and request a specific date and time, then you'll get hit with a $79 installation fee. Let their automated system schedule the appointment and you pay $0.

    Only one M-CARD is needed to support both tuners on the TivoHD and TivoHD XL. This CableCard says MCARD in large bold letters across the front.
     
  16. wmcbrine

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    Sure, now they do. You're quoting a post I made almost 14 months ago.

    Alas, I still can't take advantage of them with my original flavor Series 3. :( I'm not sure Verizon would swap them without that $80 service call, either.
     
  17. Tu13es

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    The FiOS guys are here now burying my cable and installing the cablecard and he came with only one S-card, even though I requested an M-card. He said that Verizon doesn't supply M-cards around here, so now he has to go find another S-card somewhere and I have to pay $4/mo more. Great.
     
  18. randyb359

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    they did not charge me to swap my two s cards for one m care
     
  19. wpmulligan

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    Where are you? I am in Northern Virginia and am considering getting FIOS.
     
  20. bkdtv

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    M-CARDs became available to FiOS customers in N. VA (and MD) back in October, 2008.
     

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