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At a FIOS household for 2 days, will report opinions

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by ciurca, Nov 26, 2009.

  1. Nov 28, 2009 #61 of 129
    David MacLeod

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    35/20..I would sell my wifes soul for that.
     
  2. Nov 28, 2009 #62 of 129
    dreadlk

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    Hmmmmm maybe we can arrange something !Devil_lol
     
  3. Nov 28, 2009 #63 of 129
    Steve

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    Tell me about it! When I called Verizon to go over my mom's order, I begged the CSR to switch her FiOS internet provisioning with mine, but it was a no go! :lol: I pay $42/month for 10/2 and can use the bandwidth for D*, but it is largely wasted on my mom, who mainly uses it for web browsing and e-mail. FiOS VOD bandwidth is separate from their internet provisioning, so that 35/20 is always available, no matter what's happening on the TV side.
     
  4. Nov 28, 2009 #64 of 129
    David MacLeod

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    well there is a line, she don't know it but I've pretty much put her soul out on consignment :) :)

    back OT a bit, out here is rural areas of maine we still have MANY that either have 26k phone or, trees allowing, sat internet. its a big issue up here actually.
    I have TDS 3/1 (depending on day of week....) and I might get lucky at end of next rear and get 10 dsl.
    that is only option.
     
  5. Nov 28, 2009 #65 of 129
    Steve

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    Good question. I wonder if you can add a second multi-room DVR, if you're willing to pay another $20/month for it?
     
  6. Nov 28, 2009 #66 of 129
    bidger

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    :lol:

    It's just not fair. Geez, web browsing and e-mail? You could do that with MSN TV terminals. I'd just like to get 7Mbps down so I could do some HD.
     
  7. Nov 28, 2009 #67 of 129
    David MacLeod

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    I can do it with the 3, but its the limit, using the roku and netflix.
    considering dsl speed picture is not too bad actually.
    lot better than netflix on pc.
     
  8. Nov 28, 2009 #68 of 129
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    You could... although I'm not sure why you would want one. You can only set up one DVR as your home media (aka multi-room) DVR for now. DVR to DVR feeds are coming, but they're not here yet. As for adding STBs, you can certainly do that. Currently their architecture supports up to 7 IP-addressable boxes, and 3 non-IP-addressable boxes, per household. That's a limit based off the router more than anything. The current router that they use can support up to 7 IP addressable devices. So you could get 7 DVRs if you wanted. Their newer routers will support up to 15 such devices.
     
  9. Nov 28, 2009 #69 of 129
    dubber deux

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    I also wonder about HD provider subscriptions . I'm thinking that they may actually DECLINE next year. Anyone else think that folks will still be drastically cutting back on unnecessary items like this in coming months?
     
  10. Nov 28, 2009 #70 of 129
    David MacLeod

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    nope, people laid off need something to do during the day.
    they may alter package tier but most would keep hd access.
     
  11. Nov 28, 2009 #71 of 129
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    Ugh... I keep hearing that cherry-picking argument. It's nonsense. For starters, if you saw the areas around here that got FiOS first, including mine, you'd see that that notion is just nonsense. I live in a nice neighborhood, but if they were to cherry-pick, we wouldn't be tops of the list, and we've had FiOS for a few years already. Also, FiOS is considered cable. As such they're required to set up franchise agreements with areas that they roll tv service into. Those agreements include roll-out provisions - e.g. to get the deal with Philly they had to agree to wire up the entire city within 7 years.
     
  12. Nov 28, 2009 #72 of 129
    Steve

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    In this April NYT article about Cablevision, a Verizon spokesman had this to say:

    "We can go to 400 mbps [into the home] with the technology we are now deploying -– without giving up TV channel space. We can add higher speeds at the time of our choosing, but no announcement to make today."
     
  13. Nov 28, 2009 #73 of 129
    dubber deux

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    Yes, but if the unemployment and severance is finished I'd bet that OTA will be the end result, unfortunately for ALL media providers.

    It seems that although UE numbers are dropping slightly, it only means that these folks have exhausted their benefits, most have not returned to work.
    Still seeing layoffs in the 125k /mo range.
     
  14. Nov 28, 2009 #74 of 129
    David MacLeod

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    even cablevision would be nice here, but town refuses to do it :(
     
  15. Nov 28, 2009 #75 of 129
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    Currently you can only have 1 multi-room DVR. Someone posted earlier that in the future more then 1 might be possible. That, and the 20hr limit, and only 2 "tuners" to serve all the multi-room-STB's make Fios TV a no-go for me.
     
  16. Nov 28, 2009 #76 of 129
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    Yeah, I know 3Mbps is the baseline, and the reason I pestered a Verizon installer last Summer when there was an announced upgrade of 3 Mbps minimum for Verizon DSL customers in most areas. I'd just like to be above the baseline.

    Like I said, Verizon could make counterarguments about where and how cable is deployed. And I'm aware that agreements have to be in place with municipalities. But, and I know there are always exceptions like the one you cite with your location, I do think they do target locations where there will be the most immediate return on their investment. It is a smart business approach and they are a business after all.

    True, but there's also no doubt it's in direct competition with the already established cable cos, along with satellite.
     
  17. Nov 28, 2009 #77 of 129
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    We are conidering FIOS. It is now available here. But we wont make the switch until they have a dvr with larger storage capacity. What verizon has now is a joke and not worth the switch.
     
  18. Nov 29, 2009 #78 of 129
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    The thing that's so silly about the other cable companies making that cherry picking argument (and they are - I wasn't venting at you, btw - I keep hearing this garbage from companies like Comcast) is that those other cable companies have been trying like hell to keep FiOS out of their backyard. Look at Philly. Comcast was the primary driver in keeping Verizon out for the last couple years. Their concern for consumer protection was touching - really it was - even as they were raking their customers over the coals. They've also been trying to make moves into Wilmington, DE - again Comcast has been pushing to keep them out. Nothing against Wilmington, but to consider any part of the city as 'cherry-picking' shows a lack of understanding of that city.
     
  19. Nov 29, 2009 #79 of 129
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    That's an ironic basis for an argument;

    What even plausible argument(s), real or imagined, can Comcast try and offer to support the view that the consumer is being in any way protected by preventing FiOS from entering a market?

    Choice and price competition is always a good thing for the consumer in any way you look at it I would think.
     
  20. Nov 29, 2009 #80 of 129
    dubber deux

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    I think that in years past any service that was provided by the "phone" company was closely related to a monopoly.

    Of courset that has changed but the stigma is still there among people old enough to be in postions to create the regs for phone and related services.

    I would say that todays cable companies are some of the worst monopolies out there that the everyday consumer comes into contact with, although there is OTA and sat and some FIOS many people still due to many reasons have access to media through only a single cable provider.
     

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