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The quality has suffered on many channels because of more channels per QAM on FiOS. But in my area, when compared to Comcast, FiOS still easily beats their quality . . .
Thanks for your reply. I assumed that FiOS still rated best, but started to worry when I saw that they moved to three channels per QAM. The amount of pixelation on TimeWarner with content that has any sort of detail or motion was absolutely intolerable.

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Thanks for your comments. My original plan was to buy a minimal cable package and use the money saved to buy as many on-demand, new-release movies as I wanted each month (e.g., the $24 difference between Preferred and Ultimate buys me four more on-demand movies a month).

My previous cable bill was $297/month with TimeWarner, which included: broadband internet, x2 HD DVRs, x2 HD boxes, x4 digital adapters w/HDMI (free at TimeWarner--the only thing I liked about them), plus all available cable/premium channels. Over the years, the price kept creeping up from about $179/month to finally, $300/month, with less equipment.

I figured when I made the move to FiOS, I'd go bare-bones on cable channels and go crazy buying as many movies as I wanted (since that's the only programming we tend to watch on TV). My new target monthly nut was supposed to be $200/month, leaving a "surplus" of $100/month to splurge toward on-demand content (i.e., as many as sixteen $5.99 movies a month).

Right now, I'm at $198/month, out-the-door, with the FiOS equipment/plan I just ordered: x1 VMS1100, x4 IPS1100, 50/50, Preferred HD, plus all premium channels. I was originally only going to buy HBO (or even just purchase HBO unbundled, and stream it), and no other premium channels; however, the two-year FiOS premium-channel incentives are so deeply discounted, it didn't seem to make sense not to get all the premiums.

I use TiVos with FIOS so I only have one cable card to rent. With the cable card and taxes, my monthly bill is $160. Then if I add my Verizon Wireless, that adds another $60 a month after taxes. But currently Verizon also gives me a $10 discount on wireless for having both FIOS and cellular.

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