First off I'll state that I don't have the service and I'm just pulling this out of my a**...but I have some thoughts...
If you hang an analog TV or VCR on the cable, what do you get?
probably nothing...fiber optic should be a purely digital signal, which will probably require a digital cable box at every tv in the house
If you hang a digital receiver that handles unscrambled QAM on the cable, what do you get?
this might get you stations, because why scramble when they might be able directly control which stations are sent to you to begin with....but i'd guess nothing so that you have to rent boxes
Some reports say the Verizon STB or DVR has IEEE 1394 ports. If true, are they active? Can I record to D-VHS? How about to a PC?
pictures i've seen show motorola cable boxes, firewire recording works great with motorola boxes, fcc mandates that any HD enable box have firewire enabled. D-VHS should be a go, PC will be determined by 5C, my guess is that verizon will be using the same line of moto boxes so many other places use
Since the fiber is not shared with the neighbors as cable is, it might be possible to send each house only the channels it is subscribed to, in which case scrambling would be unnecessary. But I don't know if they do that.
personally i think it would both good and bad if they did this...bad side is that they have an exact record of every show you watch...good side is imagine all that bandwidth available for HD if they only have to send a couple simultaneous shows (1 show for each digital box you have) to your house instead of every channel all at once
The rate for standard service is a bit lower than cable (though still more than I'd like to pay for the few channels I would ever watch) and the price for the Showtime/Starz/Encore bundle is so low I'd probably take that too. But the DVR price is a bit high and the charges to change the level of service, other than to drop it completely, are downright punitive. That suggests Verizon plans to bait and switch: sign people up for a good price, then jack the rates so high they know many will want to cut back.
well with DSL and Fios internet that seem to prefer signing us up for a contract (1 year contract gets you a discounted rate sort of thing), but i have found the rates with or without contract better than comcast, and the service has never gone down, unlike my friends with comcast
i actually called and asked and turns out that verizon will void the 1-year contracts with no fee, no questions asked if you move somewhere and verizon doesn't offer service there, so I have found them to be fair and pretty hassle free