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Comparing VZ FiOS to D*

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by wilbur_the_goose, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    I think it just depends on your vision and how far away you're sitting from the TV. I had FiOS and DirecTV boxes connected to my 65" 1080p plasma last year, and from my normal 10'-12' away with 20-20 vision, PQ looked about the same. At 8' or less, I could see the difference.

    And there wasn't any difference between the NYC OTA signal I receive and FiOS PQ at any distance. That backs up their claims that they simply deliver the signal the networks give them, with no add'l processing that might degrade the picture.
  2. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    "Might degrade the picture" is a big clause because fios does condition. They do not pass mpeg4 directly. Nor does directv pass mpeg2 directly. They both transcode some channels so neither passes the signal purely.
  3. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    I guess they made that "no degradation in quality" statement when all their channels were MPEG-2. All i know is I get the east coast network feeds via OTA directly from the Empire State Building, and, last year, the FiOS equivalents were identical, no matter how close I sat to the TV.
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  4. slice1900

    slice1900 Well-Known Member

    Feb 14, 2013
    You're either mistaken or your Premiere was defective. I have the dual tuner Premiere and it buffers both all the time, whether it is turned on or in standby, and has done so from the day I bought it. Occasionally I'll turn it on and if whatever happens to be on is interesting I'll backup the full 30 minutes so I can watch what was buffered. I do this often enough I kind of wish the 30 minutes was configurable :)
  5. compnurd

    compnurd Hall Of Fame

    Apr 23, 2007
    Evans City PA
    I had 2 2-Tuners premieres and 1 premiere 4... all would not buffer all tuners when swapping between them
  6. slice1900

    slice1900 Well-Known Member

    Feb 14, 2013
    How were you switching between tuners? You have to do it with the Live TV button, if you use the Prev button or enter channel numbers you are just switching channels on a single tuner.
  7. wilbur_the_goose

    wilbur_the_goose Hall Of Fame

    Aug 16, 2006
    Agree 100%. I've even started watching sports on FiOS because the PQ is so much better.

    D* used to be THE BEST, but they simply have dropped the ball and now are a PQ laggard. I'm talking about HD here (I don't think anybody would claim that D* had even fair SD PQ anymore)
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  8. damondlt

    damondlt New Member

    Feb 27, 2006
    Our local Blue ridge Cable, has HD PQ right up there with Directv.

    If they offered a Whole home system like Directv does, I would consider switching back.
    If Verizon Fios came to town, yea I would consider my options.
  9. celticpride

    celticpride Icon

    Sep 6, 2006
    I know of 3 ways to get live buffers on my tivo premiere 2 tuner model,1 press ''live tv'',2 press info in menu go down to next tuner press select,3 simply press enter button it takes you back to previous channel with the full 30 minute buffer!
  10. Cavicchi

    Cavicchi Legend

    Oct 28, 2008
    Effort, PA
    FIOS is not yet available in my area, so it's either cable (one cable company) or satellite. My cable company wanted more money for Encore channels that were not in HD, bars on sides. DTV has Encore in HD. :righton:
  11. Ed Campbell

    Ed Campbell Hall Of Fame

    Feb 17, 2006
    Just wondering - are they honoring their old lifetime subs going back to DirecTivo?

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