Originally Posted by Scott Gammans
Huh?! You shouldn't be getting anything
from Verizon on video--Loudoun County has not approved Verizon's petition to offer video services yet. The hearing on Verizon's petition isn't even until November.
Please keep us informed of what happens--sounds like someone has jumped the gun and you're--as you say--stuck in some kind of nether region.
Well, I have learned a few things over the past week. First, most of the Gatehouse/New England Broadband folks are pretty clueless when it comes to some of the finer points getting this service to work. Second, the service is not Verizon, but pure Gatehouse/New England Broadband - they are just riding the Verizon FiOS line into the house.
So, It turns out that my tuners (NTSC/ATSC) in my extremely new Samsung 1080p DLP are not as forgiving as some tuner combinations that show up in the Mitsubishi and Sony TVs. Since the HD channels are in the 91-94 channel range from Gatehouse, they are outside the frequency range of the UHF band and my Samsung ATSC tuner does not look for the HD signals beyond channel 69. It can see all of the digital channels in the higher frequencies, but they are scrambled, so I only get indications that there are channels there. Gatehouse/New England Broadband said that they will be modifying the channel line up to push the HD signals lower into the UHF band. That will supposedly make them available to all tuners that take the cable straight from the wall (no STB involved). However, even with a straight connection into the back to the TV with the cable, I'm not getting the same quality as the OTA signal.
So, I'm going to be using OTA signals instead.
I also asked about getting a cablecard, but they do not supply them. I didn't think they could do that, but what is a consumer going to do with a company that's getting booted out anyway?
I'll be anxious to see the new services from Verizon, when they show up.