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I just got a voicemail message from an A/V contractor who is just wrapping up a large home theater installation (aren't they all) in a condo where I am responsible for interfacing the residential units with whatever is available for TV programming sources in the communications closets.
This customer was about to have installed two DirecTV HD DVRs and one regular HDTV tuner. I was going to bring in two stacked DirecTV trunklines, one with Sat A and the other Sat B/C, along with another coax carrying sixteen channels of broadcast HDTV from a master antenna system I built that receives signals from six cities, and destack the stacked signals into a 5x8 multiswitch to support his receivers.
Now he leaves me a messages that he says the "heard" that Verizon is making DirecTV available via fiber, and he wants to know of that is an alternative for this installation. I went to Verizon's site.
I clicked the VerizonFIOS link from bilodom's post #28, but didn't see any reference to DirecTV in it. Can anyone tell me whether VerizonFIOS carries DirecTV programming or, if not, if there is some Verizon fiber service that does?
I also wasn't able to tell from the first couple dozen posts in this thread how Verizon's signal would interface with DVRs. Is it contained within the industry standard 54-860Mz range, such that any old DVR could find and tune it? If so, then what encryption control does it have? If it is distributed over a band that exceeds 860Mz, then are there subscriber frequency converters, or is the customer limited to using Verizon-furnished HD DVRs and the like?