Originally Posted by CHolleman
with all the bugs and such with the IMG and D*'s imminent launch of their HD channels, would you fios subscribers still jump ship, knowing what you know now? i'm growing tired of D* and it's crap H20 boxes that keep rebooting when i'm watching HD, (strangely it doesn't do this in SD channels), loss of signal during storms and price increases. not to mention that i don't have a DVR and can get one with fios for the same price or lower than i'm currently paying now.
i'm a pretty patient person, and would imagine that fios will step up their HD offerings in the future to compete with D*. extending my contract with D* to receive hd lite doesn't necessarily appeal to me. (i need the 5lnb dish and b band converter) i'd have to pay a fee to cancel wince i'm not quite out of contract with D*, but it's <$100 so it's pretty minimal concern.
To give you a somewhat educated answer, I'll cover a few other aspects of FiOS in addition to TV.
I moved from D* to FiOS in January of 2006. I was with D* for the previous 6-1/2 years. There are a lot of factors involved. If you use the Internet to any extent, you should consider switching to FiOS. I have the 15/2 Internet package for which I'm paying $44.95 a month (including taxes). The reliability is superb. Of course the fiberoptic infrastructure is new so you've got that benefit. I have VoIP phone service through VoiceWing. VoIP, I'm told, works optimally with FiOS. The total cost is less than $30 a month (including taxes) and I've got all the bells and whistles that I had with POTS for less than half the price. I've had a few minor glitches with VoIP in the year I have been with them but overall reliability is pretty good and has stabilized. Voice quality is as good as POTS.
As far as TV, the size and quality of your display would be a factor in being bothered by the amount of compression D* applies. Of course if you had to have Sunday Ticket, you wouldn't have a choice in the matter. I'm not concerned with the ballyhoo over D*'s rollout of its new HD channels. I'm disappointed that we can't get our local teams in HD through our RSN. I won't be happy if FiOS hasn't added TBS HD in time to see the MLB playoff games in HD. I'm interested to see what kind of presentation CNN will have in HD. We're lucky our local Gannett-owned CBS affiliate has their studio news in HD (although field reports use WS SD cams). Some people think news in HD is not a big deal but I disagree. I know everybody wants as much HD content as possible, but based on what I've seen, I'm pretty happy with the quantity and quality I get on FiOS. They do need to roll out HD VOD ASAP.
Oh, yeah, the IMG is an unmitigated disaster IMO. But it doesn't affect me that much given my viewing habits. I've never utilized the DVR to its fullest potential, I'll admit.
In short, my recommendation would be to drop D* in a heartbeat.