If FIOS comes your way, are you jumping ship?

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  1. Apr 29, 2009 #61 of 360

    jimmyv2000 Hall Of Fame

    Feb 15, 2007
    Manchester NH
    YES i would have,
    .........if verizon didn't pull out of NH back in 2006
    My town would have been the first one in NH to get FIOS and just 1 day before Verizon was to appear before the selectmans metting they cancelled and announced that they were selling thier landlines in ME,NH and VT to Fairpoint Communications.
    Fairpoint has no current plans to offer TV services similar to Fios but do offer a D* bundle.

    so i upgraded my D* system to HD in FEB 07
  2. Apr 29, 2009 #62 of 360

    Brennok Legend

    Dec 23, 2005
    I consider it daily. I am holding off to see how the new Directv Tivo rolls out. Depending on that I will either keep DTV or jump to Fios.
  3. Apr 29, 2009 #63 of 360

    DCSholtis Up The Irons!

    Aug 7, 2002
    Nope would never consider switching.
  4. Apr 29, 2009 #64 of 360

    Technician New Member

    Nov 28, 2007
    In the metro detroit market directv is the content provider for u verse which should tell you something. U verse is really great in principle but from my experience a very large percentage of people are dissatisfied with the uverse/fios application. Poor installers is the first cause of most of the problems. The second major issus is the limit on how close you are to the box, many installers push it to the max so they can get paid and the service ends up being crap. The third potential issue would be whether or not they ran fiber or copper to your house.

    On the flip side I know some people who were beta testers in my market and they love it. I'm not switching though.
  5. Apr 29, 2009 #65 of 360

    TalladegaTommy Cool Member

    Dec 27, 2008
    My brother just backed up the truck and dropped D*. He was fed up with losing a signal everytime it sprinkled ,continuos 721,771 errors constant rebooting the dvr and quite frankly i experience the same stuff .I personally have been a D* customer since 1995. My opinion is their equipment was reliable up until hd and dvr's came out. This stuff is junk and plagued with flaws. It usually happens when you try to beat the competition with a new product. u-verse is the way to go. i will be backing the truck up myself
  6. Apr 29, 2009 #66 of 360

    rhipps Legend

    Apr 7, 2008
    As long as I have a motorhome, I will stick with D*. Their customer service is the best of any company I have dealt with in this century and they have always been fair and respectful when I have had a problem. The only thing they haven't implemented (and neither has their competitors) that I would like to see is a way to bill customers only for those channels that they want. Of the several hundred they have available we probably watch less than 50 on a regular basis. This senior citizen has no need or desire to watch MTV, VHS1, the many kiddie channels, etc., etc. But as the competition gets more intense in the home entertainment business, the day is coming IMHO when we will only pay for what we want to watch.
  7. Apr 29, 2009 #67 of 360

    gopatriots New Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    I am switching. Here in the northeast FIOS has more HD content. But the real motivation is the lower overall price when bundled with internet compared to what I'm paying now. I struggled with the HR20 for a while (and sometimes still do), I suspect the same from the FIOS DVR. Eventually FIOS will enable the esata port to extend recording times. I also won't miss the rain fade I get with the larger dish and removing the snow although these happened infrequently. IF I lived outside of New England NFLST would be enough to make me stay.
  8. Apr 29, 2009 #68 of 360

    jpl Hall Of Fame

    Jul 9, 2006
    Sorry, but this doesn't make any sense. DirecTV is the content provider for U-Verse? No, they're not. U-Verse is an AT&T service. AT&T offers DirecTV to customers in areas where U-Verse is not available, but DirecTV doesn't provide the content for U-Verse.

    Also, grouping U-Verse and FiOS like that ('a very large percentage of people are dissatisfied with the uverse/fios application') doesn't make sense either. U-Verse and FiOS are VERY dissimilar in their architectures. About the only similarity is that they were both started by telephone companies, and they employ fiber SOMEWHERE in their systems. That's about it.

    And in terms of satisfaction - while FiOS or U-Verse may not be everyone's cup of tea, both score highest in overall customer satisfaction, no matter which survey you look at.

    Don't mean to dump on you, but what you're saying isn't accurate.
  9. Apr 29, 2009 #69 of 360

    Goldlexus AllStar

    Jun 23, 2002
    Verizon is laying FIOS lines in my neighborhood in the next few weeks. I will surely consider it after my 2 year contract is up in Dec. The deciding factor will be cost. I currently have internet and phone thru' Verizon. If bundling saves me money then yes I will switch. Verizon does offer a phone, internet and Directv bundle but at this point only saves me $15 a month that's if I downgrade my current tv package and slow dsl speeds (768 down from 1.5). Not worth it.
  10. Apr 29, 2009 #70 of 360

    roadrunner1782 Icon

    Sep 27, 2008
    I wouldn't switch. Directv has always treated me right.
  11. Apr 29, 2009 #71 of 360

    TBlazer07 Large Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    Fios is here and I didn't switch (except for Internet). Now I am FULLY rid of Comcrap.
  12. Apr 29, 2009 #72 of 360

    FlBillsfan Legend

    Apr 22, 2008
    I have been thinking of switching for a while now. The pros & cons for each have been listed already, if I decide to switch it will be because of the BRRIIIP issue. I have been patiently waiting for Direct TV to fix this as well as add more HD. I also have had Direct TV for a long time & have had NO offers of deals as I have read others on this board have received. My Direct TV bill is about $150./mo. I don't know if that is considered to be a lot or not. I have verizon DSL now & I know the fios internet would be MUCH BETTER for about the same money with the FIOS package.
  13. Apr 29, 2009 #73 of 360

    Miller AllStar

    Jul 21, 2005
    I always like to remain open minded but right now I don’t think I would change. I really want D* to carry every premium channel for HBO, Starz and so on like Comcast does and in HD. I don’t understand why a cable company should beat them in premium channels and why they shouldn’t have more HD in this department. That being said I am currently happy with D* though they shouldn’t even consider becoming content and falling behind. I remain hopeful they will solve this issue someday and like things I see coming down the pike like MRV and DLB. DLB is something I really miss since switching from Comcast to D*.
  14. Apr 29, 2009 #74 of 360

    Milkman Hall Of Fame

    Dec 6, 2006
    If FIOS came my way, and didn't have soft caps, I am gone from cable modem.

    No plans on leaving D* though.
  15. Apr 29, 2009 #75 of 360

    dewd Cool Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Maybe I'm missing something... I did my homework when FIOS TV came around last year. Even with the bundled packages, my bill would be higher than DirecTV. I have 3 HD DVRs. With FIOS, each would cost me $16 per month. In less than 2 years, I will have paid WAY more than the $199 up front fee for D* DVR's. I still can't see how it is cheaper. Like I said, maybe I'm missing something....

    BTW - I've had FIOS internet for 2 years. LOVE IT!!!
  16. Apr 29, 2009 #76 of 360

    smokes20 Godfather

    Sep 17, 2007
    Same here. I have had FIOS phone and internet for 20 months. Unless D* does something drastically harmful to my service/contract, I won't move to FIOS TV.

    Besides, as bad as Hotpass has been this season and Smoke not getting his own dedicated channel, at least I can watch the race during long winded commericals :D
  17. Apr 29, 2009 #77 of 360

    ansky Hall Of Fame

    Oct 11, 2005
    I'll be canceling D* in a couple weeks when I move into my new house. The house is already wired for FIOS so it will be an easy switch. I have nothing against D*, but the way my house is situated would mean the dish would have to be placed somewhere on the front of the house and we don't want to deal with that eyesore. It will be nice to not have to deal with rain fade anymore, and FIOS has channels like American Life TV, Travel HD, and ESPNU that I don't get with D*. From a cost perspective it's about the same.
  18. Apr 29, 2009 #78 of 360

    BKC Icon

    Dec 12, 2007
    I would switch in a skinny minute. :)
  19. Apr 29, 2009 #79 of 360

    armophob Difficulty Concen........

    Nov 13, 2006
    Fort Pierce, FL
    I work for the provider. They can pull my dish from my cold dead hands.
  20. Apr 29, 2009 #80 of 360

    apastuszak Cool Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    I'll switch as soon as Verizon signs a deal with Tivo to port their software to the FIOS TV DVR. Until then, I'm sitting put for the new HD DirecTivo.
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