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Does anyone have Verizon FIOS with the full package (HDTV, DVR, internet, and home phone)? We've had it offered here for over a year.

I'm thinking of switching from Time-Warner cable, and I'd like to know how well Verizon handled the installation, as well as anything else, both good and bad.

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My brother bought it. It costs about the same as his cable did, and the install time was the kicker. They had to rewire/cable all of the connections in his house. It took them all day. :yes: His installer was very professional and explained everything in great depth. My brother was very pleased! :thumb: :thumb:
 

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My brother has it too. I don't know much about the installation but he never complained about it and he loves the service. He signed up when they had the free 19" LCD give-a-way. The especially likes the multi-room DVR.

I've been thinking of switching too. The only thing that keeps me from doing it is there is no analog signal on the system. You need a box on each analog TV to receive a signal. I still have 4 analog TV's that I don't feel like upgrading just yet. Cablevision has an analog signal on the system so I only need a box if I want premium channels... (although they are slowly moving channels that used to be analog to their premium digital system)
 

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My brother has it too. I don't know much about the installation but he never complained about it and he loves the service. He signed up when they had the free 19" LCD give-a-way. The especially likes the multi-room DVR.

I've been thinking of switching too. The only thing that keeps me from doing it is there is no analog signal on the system. You need a box on each analog TV to receive a signal. I still have 4 analog TV's that I don't feel like upgrading just yet. Cablevision has an analog signal on the system so I only need a box if I want premium channels... (although they are slowly moving channels that used to be analog to their premium digital system)
Good point. I have two TVs and they are both analog. I'm not too keen on moving from the analog to digital just yet. Maybe in another year or two. :bill: We have Charter cable, and it's pretty good and is much less than the $99 a month start up price, nevermind what it'll become after the intial grace period :shock: . I may get an antennea and converter box for a couple years to tide me over till they have some price wars on the digital signal. :tease:
 

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I would go FIOS if it's cost effective, I don't have but a friend in VA has it. While I was visiting him I found it amazing how much internet bandwidth there was, not to mention the amount of information that they can pack into Fiber over COAX. Considering how much HD content is becoming available, they'll have the infrastructure to offer it over other providers.
 

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I was talking to my brother about it over the weekend. He said he still loves it but he's annoyed that he needs a box for all his TV's... even the digital ones. He said he only gets a few local channels if he doesn't have a box. He just knocked out a wall between his kitchen and dining room. He wanted to mount a new TV on the wall between the 2 rooms but he can't figure out where to put the box...
 

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RobtRoma said:
I was talking to my brother about it over the weekend. He said he still loves it but he's annoyed that he needs a box for all his TV's... even the digital ones. He said he only gets a few local channels if he doesn't have a box. He just knocked out a wall between his kitchen and dining room. He wanted to mount a new TV on the wall between the 2 rooms but he can't figure out where to put the box...
On a little wall mounted shelf...

And my brother hates the box at every device that is tied to the Fios as well. AT & T is the same way. :shrug:
 

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I would go FIOS if it's cost effective, I don't have but a friend in VA has it. While I was visiting him I found it amazing how much internet bandwidth there was, not to mention the amount of information that they can pack into Fiber over COAX. Considering how much HD content is becoming available, they'll have the infrastructure to offer it over other providers.
Is it fiber all the way into the house as well? I didn't really look at it, there's not really a point. It's beyond what I am willing to pay at the moment...
 

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They only offer it in po-dunk cities around here...not in the state capital :confused:

If it were available I bet I would already have it...
 

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They only offer it in po-dunk cities around here...not in the state capital :confused:

If it were available I bet I would already have it...
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In the po-dunk towns they can just throw the wire out on the ground and do whatever. In the city they have to abide by the codes...

J/K! :)
 

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FIOS is amazing. I have Cincinnati Bell's fiber service, which their technicians told me that they designed it after Verizon's. Verizon is far and away the industry leader in fiber, btw.

With TWC you have to share bandwidth with your neighborhood, and the fastest speed they offer is 25mbps down and 2mpbs up in most areas. In reality, during peak times, you're lucky to get half that. What does this mean? Well, I had the fastest TWC package here in Cincinnati and it wasn't even fast enough to stream netflix videos during the evening. Worked great at 2AM though! :censor:

I switched to fiber and it's AMAZING. I get 30mb's down and 30mb's up. That's about twice as fast download speed that I was getting before, but over 30 times faster upload speed (TWC capped my area at 750k/s). Further, TWC is moving to put bandwidth caps into place - if you use over 40GB per month, they are going to charge you $1-5 extra for every GB. For reference, if you stream a netflix HD film, that's about 5GB right there.

With fiber I get no bandwidth caps, no slowdowns, UNCOMPRESSED HD for my TV, which looks incredible, my own dedicated connection, and it's $30 a month cheaper than TWC was too.

Basic cable, no landline, and 15mbps/750k TWC service came to $110 a month
Digital cable with HD DVR, 30mbps/30mbps service with no landline comes to $79 a month with Cincinnati Bell.

I was so happy with the service that I opted to commute 15 minutes to the school that I'm transferring to rather than go back to TWC and live within walking distance.
 

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We just got the FioS Internet and Telephone services installed. So far it's very nice. Right now I have Verizon DSL, Optimum Online and FioS Internet running in my house at the same time. It's very interesting to compare the 3 services.

I've had Verizon DSL for about 8 years now. It's been great. There have been very few outages and it was very fast compared to dial-up. It's speeds were also very consistent. I typically got 70-76 kb/s. Setup was also very easy with a router.

I recently decided I would try Optimum Online because I had a bunch of computers I wanted to experiment with. Downloading all the updates and trial software would have taken forever with the DSL. I thought Optimum was great until I tried logging on to Escape-City... It wouldn't and still won't let me. I'm still not exactly sure why. I also found out I couldn't access several shopping sites. Macys.com is the one that stands out. It could be very fast but it was inconsistent. At it's best, I could get download speeds of 1.1 mb/s. But more typical was between 300 and 500 kb/s. That is still a minimum of 4x faster than DSL which is very noticeable.

Today we had FioS installed. I got addicted to the speed but I wanted all my websites. I don't want to be shut out or have to spend hours on the phone trying to figure out why I can't get a site. Anyway, FioS is very fast. I think it's faster than most of the sites I'm going to. I downloaded Vista SP2 today and it took 4 1/2 minutes. At work, it took 45 minutes on a DSL line. FioS downloaded it at 1.1 mb/s. I also downloaded iTunes at the same rate.

We are supposed to get 10 mb/s download and 2 mb/s upload speeds. I went to http://www.speakeasy.net/speedtest to check and got results of 9.6 down and 1.8 up... not too shabby :thumb: Surprisingly, the same test with Optimum Online just gave me 13.1 down and 2.1 up :shock:. I never expected Optimum to be faster based on the download experience I had. Not surprisingly, my old DSL connection gave my .76 down and .14 up... :doh: What took me so long to switch!!!

I talked to the tech about installing FioS Television but he said we would have signal issues because of how the house is wired. Too many splits. He said he could rewire but because of how my house is, the wiring would need to be outside for the second floor. I don't want wires running all around my house so I'm sticking with Cablevision for now. I plan on gutting my 2nd floor sometime soon and rewiring. The FioS tech recommended doing a run to the basement for each TV and to get rid of all the splitters so that is what I'm going to do...

Tomorrow I cancel Optimum Online, my DSL service and my 2nd phone line with my DSL. That's about $110 a month in services. The FioS phone and internet are costing about $70 a month combined (plus we are getting a $100 gift card/rebate). Our old main phone line was $5 less. Net savings will be $105/month ... nice :thumb:
 
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