Originally Posted by BTDT
Hope your install has gone well (or will go well?). I am scheduled for Friday.
Let us know your impressions of the DVR (should be a QIP6416) and how it compares to an HD-TiVo (if you have that comparison point). I know that will be the major factor in my household, only trumped by pure "quality of service" problems like missed recordings, box failures, etc.
Wow! Where do I start? I have to grab a few hours of sleep so I will try to be concise. Let me point anyone who is interested in perhaps some of the more technical aspects to the Verizon FiOS section of broadbandreports.com
. I have read a lot there and find it to be complementary of AVS. They will discuss and explain such things as the NIM and what its function is. My overall install experience was very positive. I didn't expect anything less. And, no, I am not a shill for Verizon. I've had my share of communications issues with them over the years but I am sold on FiOS. Its reliability is unparalleled. My install from start to finish took about 4-1/2 hours. Three different techs were here, arriving about an hour apart. Good team effort. They ran cable to three different locations, two upstairs bedrooms and the basement where my setup is. They put the NIM in the loop and got everything tested, downloaded and set up. Nothing real eventful in the install. I haven't had any glitches to this point some 10 hours into my service. Let me just wrap this up with some overall thoughts and add more later. Does the service have some glitches? You betcha. Do I think they are going to be resolved? Absolutely. Here are some of the ones I have noted thus far:
1) HDMI output kills 5.1 digital audio. Is it a firmware problem? I have read that it is. Will an AV receiver with HDMI switching take care of it? I sure hope so. For now I have decided to go with component even though I'd rather go digital with my DLP. I can't be without digital audio.
2) No HDNet to this point--at least not here. I called Verizon last night (Tuesday 1/24) and the rep I spoke with relayed this issue to his technical people. He is calling me later this morning and plans to apply some type of remote "fix." I'll let you know. I am also missing a couple of the ESPN suite of channels. I don't care about those since they're SD, anyway
3) We don't have our local RSN so far. It's owned by Comcast. I don't think Comcast can keep Verizon from carrying it but it may take a while. Not having our local NBA and NHL team on your system is not going to fly for some people.
4) A few of our local stations' analog feeds are being simulcast in our digital tier (FOX, UPN and one of our PBS stations) so we are not getting HD programming from them. Hopefully that is something minor and can be corrected tomorrow as well.
5) No sports subscriptions. Verizon apparently has to deal with iNDemand for those rights.
Just briefly on the plus side:
1) You folks with the big displays are going to notice more than me watching on a 46-inch screen from 12 feet away, but the picture quality is definitely better. Some of the SD I have seen appears kind of grainy but not in a bad way. The difference in resolution is striking. It may be comparable for those folks with digital cable but it is huge step-up from D*.
2) The limited IPTV they are using with the program guide and the VOD is very responsive. I am not coming out of an HD-TiVo background so I don't have that as a comparison. So far I have been impressed. I downloaded the codes for the DCT6412 into my MX-700 and haven't missed a beat.
3) I don't have to tell anyone who is reading this thread about the breadth of HD we lucky FiOS people are getting. This service at the outset is not going to please everyone, particularly the sports fans. I will be posting further experiences in the days ahead. One other note: firewire port is 6 pin. I erroneously assumed it was 4 based on my DVHS VCRs.
Originally Posted by digital_dilemma
Tomorrow night will be my last with D*. FiosTV is confirmed for install on this Thursday Full report soon.
Good luck. Will be looking forward to your report. I bid D* farewell last night. A little bittersweet after 6-1/2 years, but no turning back now.