Originally Posted by gregzoll
I am a customer, not an employee. I do like the fact that people think that just because someone likes UVerse, that they are an employee, unlike those with Comcast, FiOS and other services. Goes to show where the mindset is.
I can tell you this about Direct though, they have gone downhill in their quality. In the past year since I have last been to my inlaws, the PQ for locals have gone downhill, and the time it takes to switch channels takes longer since the update that they pushed to their receivers.
As for FiOS, Verizon could have done things different when FiOS came out, but the technology was not there as it is now, when they released it out in the wild. It would cost more than it is worth for VZ and other landline based services to switch over to IPTV. Same reason they have not switched to SDV, is because they will not put forth the effort or costs, because the higher ups want as much money in their pockets, and listen to what the investors want, even though the investors are loosing money like the rest of us with investments in various markets.
If I had to choose between two services, if I ever moved to a FiOS market, it would be which would not only give the best bang for the buck, but best PQ. I have seen a lot of land based CATV service provided tv in many markets, and can tell you that it is no better than trying to pick up OTA from 200 miles away. Snow, low PQ, and a whole lot of garbage infomercial channels like Direct & Dish.
You should not be seeing any "snow" on digital broadcasts. If you are there are serious issues.
In my area (where FIOS will never be avaliable) the PQ from best to worst is OTA, Cable, Sat, U-Verse.
I will never subscribe to UVerse as I have way too many tuners for it to have the bandwaidth to support let alone working with existing QAM/ATSC equipment.
As you might have gathered U-Verse is not particularly well regarded here on these forums-and for good reason.
This perspective will likely never change given the technology, unless the other providers went crazy and started cramming in more services into the existing bandwaith,
to the point where the PQ suffered enough to drag themselves down into the gutter with AT&T.