So, FIOS has sent me a letter, argued with me on the phone, and even had a robot dial my phone to harass me about every TV in my house needing a box to receive ANY signals.
Why? They quote the mandate of the FCC that everything has to be digital! EVERYTHING I have IS digital!
I have seven HDTVs in my home, two of which are using the bare cable without a box to tune the FIOS delivered local HD broadcasts now. SO, this looks to me like a misinterpretation of the FCC Digital TV "mandate" because blocking their signals from my fair use has nothing to do with the FCC.
So, I already have FIVE rental STBs from FIOS, four of which are HD capable and cost $10 a month EACH, not to mention the $19.95 for the DVR. And now they are going to block the ATSC/QAM tuners on the sets in the kitchen and the bathroom, outlets which Verizon installed.
Does anyone else see this as a grab for new revenue? Not only can I not get the LOCAL HD broadcasts already coming across the fiber, but I can't get anything without paying for each outlet now.
Since I pay for the signal to be fed into my house, why am I charged extra to access it? And will they let me use my own equipment? Oh, the TiVo is a dead issue anyway, but up until they cut its access, it worked fine. So much for having an alternative to the Verizon Nation.
I hear even the TWCs and ATTs as well as the satellite providers are doing the same. What are the alternatives when they sell me a signal that I can't access with the already DIGITAL ready HDTVs I have bought? Hell, if I had known, I would have been looking for HD MONITORS ONLY!
Anyone else this PO'd?