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post #781 of 17987
1. $10,000 for a lawn?

2. No, they offer a very basic analog service.
post #782 of 17987
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Originally Posted by ahammons View Post

A couple of question?

1. Will they destroy my landscaping like they did when they installed the underground cables? Cost me over $10,000 to fix the mess they created.

2. I have a tv in the kitchen for watching the morning and evening news. Do I need a set top box for that tv to get the local channels.

thanks,
arlie

Depends on who Verizon gets as subcontractor for that portion of the work.

The locals and a few others up to channel 50 are available in analog (regardless of the kind of service you sign up for) - no STB needed for that.
post #783 of 17987
Just an FYI for anyone in the No VA area - probably applies to all of FiOS. I did a channel search with the QAM tuner in my TV and came up with 314 digital channels, 66 of which are in the clear. The 66 are the audio-only (music) channels in the 6xx range and digital versions of the analog channels (17 in this area). None of the other channels are available in clear QAM. So for anyone thinking of getting basic cable without an STB, you won't have much more than what's available with a good antenna. This is unlike a number of other cable companies where you can find a number of digital channles (besides the locals) in clear QAM including any VOD feature playing on the neighborhood section of cable.
post #784 of 17987
I know the FiOS VOD won't work without the STB because it communicates with the server over IP. Each STB has an IP address assignment in the NIM that is DHCP'ed from the router.

I'm not surprised you don't get much without the STB because of the amount of control they have over everything from the FiOS center.
post #785 of 17987
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Originally Posted by rickypicky View Post

The VA - Fairfax County local channel listing on the verizon website has dissapeared...?

It's back. They have removed HDNet and added MTV-HD.

I've read elsewhere that the lack of HDNet in FF County is due to V*'s inability to "blackout" channels during sporting events. However, V* didn't have any problems doing this over the weekend with ESPN-HD and the ACC Tournament.

What gives?

I miss HDNet
post #786 of 17987
Thanks for the replies. Cant's think of a compelling reason to switch from Cox.

arlie
post #787 of 17987
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Originally Posted by rickypicky View Post

I've read elsewhere that the lack of HDNet in FF County is due to V*'s inability to "blackout" channels during sporting events. However, V* didn't have any problems doing this over the weekend with ESPN-HD and the ACC Tournament.

I don't know if this has anything to do with why we don't have HDNet, but perhaps they don't like the way the blackout is being done.

I had Dish Network before I recently switched to FIOS.

On Dish, when a program was blacked out, if you selected the channel, you got a pop-up that told you the program was blacked out in your area.

On FIOS, when I selected ESPN and tried to see the ACC tournament, I got either a black screen, or the receiver just would not change channels.

Perhaps HDNet does not want it to look like their channel is broken when a broadcast is being blacked out.

I have no idea if this is part of the issue or not. Just a thought. It would be nice if the FIOS receivers handled blackouts a little better.
post #788 of 17987
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Originally Posted by hartal View Post

On FIOS, when I selected ESPN and tried to see the ACC tournament, I got either a black screen, or the receiver just would not change channels.

Perhaps HDNet does not want it to look like their channel is broken when a broadcast is being blacked out

I saw the same thing on FiOS over the weekend. Either I got a black screen or the screen would freeze on the previous channel I was tuned to.

I would hope this isn't the reason we currently don't get HDNet...
post #789 of 17987
Has anybody noticed a bit of "noise" on FiOS SD channels? Specifically, on the Children channels (like Nick, etc...), with animated programming (like Spongebob, Fairly Odd Parents, etc...). I still have D* as well as FiOS, and D* has noticeably less "noise" on these channels than FiOS. When I say "noise", I mean edges of the characters seem a bit blurred. I noticed this using HDMI output from the STB as well as S-Video.

I am extremely pleased with the HD PQ on FiOS, but jus a bit disappointed with the SD on some channels.
post #790 of 17987
Can't say I've noticed anything like that - but I don't have anything to compare it either.
post #791 of 17987
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Originally Posted by rickypicky View Post

I saw the same thing on FiOS over the weekend. Either I got a black screen or the screen would freeze on the previous channel I was tuned to.

I would hope this isn't the reason we currently don't get HDNet...

It has been reported before that it was due to the lack of equipment to properly handle blackouts on that channel. I would guess the local/regional broadcasters take this blackout thing very seriously.

Note that in the Dallas area when an event is "blacked out" on HDNet what you end up getting is alternative programming on HDNet. A hockey game a week or so back that showed up on the HDNet schedule, but was also being broadcast on the local affiliate, caused HDNet to show a concert instead. It may be that HDNet has some special blackout requirements like this?
post #792 of 17987
Verizon Scores FiOS First in First State

By Karen Brown 3/14/2006 5:52:00 PM

In a first for the First State, as a trio of Delaware towns joined the growing list of communities to grant Verizon Communications Inc. TV franchises to roll out its FiOS TV service.

Councils in Bellefonte, Delaware City and Odessa -- all in New Castle County -- voted unanimously in recent weeks to grant FiOS TV franchises. In all, the communities provide 3,000 potential new customers for the fiber-to-the-home-based TV service. Verizon expects to start offering service there later this year.

Meanwhile, the regional Bell operating company is also in negotiations with other Delaware communities, and it filed an application with the Delaware Public Service Commission for a franchise to offer video services in unincorporated parts of the state.

http://www.multichannel.com/article/...=Breaking+News
post #793 of 17987
Verizon Launches FiOS TV in Howard County; First Rollout in Maryland

New Service Offers Consumers Better Television Technology, True Competitive Choice and Greater Value


COLUMBIA, Md., March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon unveiled FiOS TV in Maryland today to approximately 11,000 Howard County residents in Clarksville, Columbia and Ellicott City -- the first communities in the state to receive the company's new fiber-optic video service. Verizon will begin taking customer orders immediately.

http://sev.prnewswire.com/computer-e...5032006-1.html
post #794 of 17987
National Geographic is coming to Verizon Fios by March 30th!

I just got a letter in the mail saying this channel as well as mtv hd (which has been active for a while) and another DC local channel. Good news, so it should pop up anyday now I would guess!

Just a heads up in case no one else got the letter in the mail.
post #795 of 17987
Excellent! I have been waiting to see this one pop up!
post #796 of 17987
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Originally Posted by Mikeoz View Post

I just got a letter in the mail saying this channel as well as mtv hd (which has been active for a while) and another DC local channel. Good news, so it should pop up anyday now I would guess!

Just a heads up in case no one else got the letter in the mail.

Yeah, I got the letter and posted in the local DC thread. What is that new channel 20 station?

Biker, who spends alot of time in the 8xx channel range
post #797 of 17987
News Release

Verizon Launches FiOS TV in Howard County; First Rollout in Maryland

New Service Offers Consumers Better Television Technology, True Competitive Choice and Greater Value

March 15, 2006

Media contact:
Sandra Arnette, 410-393-7109

COLUMBIA, Md. - Verizon unveiled FiOS TV in Maryland today to approximately 11,000 Howard County residents in Clarksville, Columbia and Ellicott City - the first communities in the state to receive the company's new fiber-optic video service. Verizon will begin taking customer orders immediately.

"This is not cable TV. This is not satellite. This is FiOS TV," said William R. Roberts, president of Verizon Maryland. "Customers who liked what FiOS did for their Internet connection will love what it does for their TV. We've harnessed the speed and capacity of broadband with the power of broadcast to create a revolutionary, new entertainment experience."

Verizon, the only company building a large-scale, all-digital fiber-optic communications network directly to customers, launched FiOS TV in Keller, Texas, last September. The company also now offers the service in parts of California, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, Texas and Virginia.

Service highlights include:

* A broad collection of all-digital programming and compelling consumer choice - with more than 350 total channels and more on the way.

* A lead offer with more than 180 digital video and music channels, for $34.95 a month with Verizon FiOS Internet Service or a qualifying voice plan or $39.95 as a stand-alone service.

* More than 20 high-definition channels, with extraordinary clarity and theater-quality sound.

* More than 2,200 On Demand titles available to customers now, increasing to over 3,500 titles in the next several months.

* Channels grouped by genres such as entertainment, sports, news, shopping, movies and family, making it easy for audiences to find their favorite programming.

* An easy-to-use interactive programming guide that integrates high-definition (HD) programming, On Demand content and the digital video recorder along with broadcast television into a seamless user experience.

* A dual-tuner, HD-capable DVR that gives customers the freedom to pause and rewind live TV, record one show while watching another, and fast forward to their favorite part of the program - all without a VCR, tapes or DVDs.

Information on packages and prices is available at www.verizon.net/fiostv. Howard County customers also can call 1-800-880-2943 to see if they're able to order FiOS TV.

Verizon obtained a local video franchise in Howard County in January and is currently in negotiations with numerous municipalities in Maryland to obtain additional franchises. Under current state law, potential competitors to the incumbent cable-TV operators must obtain video franchises in each community they seek to serve.

"Howard County is fortunate to be among the first to gain access to this new service," said Howard County Executive Jim Robey. "Verizon's delivery of FiOS TV to our community now offers residents a choice in the way they wish to have video and Internet services delivered to their homes. This is an exciting option, especially for a county whose residents have been noted as some of the most 'tech-savvy' in the nation."

Howard County Council Chairman Chris Merdon said, "We're pleased to be the first county in Maryland whose residents will benefit from this new level of service from Verizon. Consumer choice in this industry should encourage a competitive pricing environment and high-quality service."

Delivered over Verizon's fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network, FiOS TV is designed to be a formidable competitor to cable and satellite. The Verizon FTTP network, the largest of its kind in the country, is currently under construction in more than half the states where the company offers landline communications services, including numerous Maryland communities in Anne Arundel, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George's counties.

The network brings the power and capacity of fiber optics directly into people's homes and has industry-leading quality and reliability. Fiber delivers amazingly sharp pictures and sound, and has the capacity to transmit a wide array of high-definition programming that is so clear and intense it seems to leap from the TV screen. It also delivers Internet download speeds of up to 30 Mbps (megabits per second) and upload speeds of up to 5 Mbps as well as high-quality voice services.

Since Verizon began building its fiber-optic network in Maryland, the company has placed more than 22 million feet of fiber and created hundreds of new full-time positions to build and support the network and FiOS services in the state.

Programming choices for Hispanic, African-American, Asian, Russian and other multicultural audiences are available in every market. Since FiOS TV has so much capacity, it is an outlet for emerging and independent networks to showcase their diverse programming.

In addition, sports fans subscribing to Expanded Basic, the lead Verizon FiOS TV offer, can follow regional teams and events through agreements Verizon has reached with Comcast Sports Net - Mid- Atlantic and the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN). Featured teams on Comcast Sports Net - Mid- Atlantic include the Capitals, DC United, Mystics, Orioles, Ravens, Redskins and Wizards, as well as NCAA games. MASN features Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles games.

Service and Package Details

FiOS TV subscribers can choose from three simple-to-understand service offerings, each with built-in choice and value. They then can choose from packages and premium channels with programming that meets their special interests. Verizon offers three set-top boxes: standard definition for $3.95 per month; high definition, which includes HD channels, for $9.95 per month; and a dual-tuner, HD-capable digital video recorder for $12.95 per month.

The services include:

* Basic, with access to 15-35 local broadcast weather and community channels for $12.95 per month. The service is digital with a set-top box, which also provides access to On Demand programming. Basic is also available as an analog service that does not require a set-top box for viewing.

* Expanded Basic, Verizon's lead offer, delivers more than 180 video and music channels for $34.95 a month with Verizon FiOS Internet Service or a qualifying voice plan. This tier includes access to On Demand content and requires a set-top box. High-definition channels are included in this tier at no extra charge, and customers must have an HD set-top box and an HD-ready TV to view them.

* La Conexión, an alternative to Expanded Basic service designed for bilingual consumers who enjoy TV programs in English and Spanish, for $27.95 per month with Verizon FiOS Internet Service or a qualifying voice plan. La Conexión is also available as a stand-alone service for $32.95 per month. The package includes nearly 140 channels with English and Spanish-language programming and access to On Demand programming. This service requires a set-top box. HD channels are included in this tier at no extra charge, and customers must have an HD set-top box and an HD-ready TV to view them.

Verizon FiOS TV customers who sign up for 12 months of Expanded Basic or La Conexión will receive additional discounts through a newly instituted annual savings agreement. FiOS TV customers will have the choice of receiving $5 off the monthly Movie Package price for an annual savings of $60. Or, customers can waive the monthly standard set-top box fee of $3.95 - an annual savings of $47.40.

Consumers with a passion for movies or sports can add the movie package with 44 channels of Starz, Encore, Showtime and The Movie Channel for a regular price of $11.95 a month and a 15-channel sports package for $5.95 a month. Or, they can buy both packages for $14.95 a month. In addition to the movie package, customers with a set-top box can order new, On Demand movie releases for $3.95 each and selections from a movie library for $2.95 each.

For wrestling fans, Verizon offers World Wrestling Entertainment's WWE 24/7, a subscription On Demand service, for $7.95 a month. Karaoke fans can sing along at home with a subscription to the Karaoke package for $7.95 a month.

Verizon also offers 14 HBO channels and 12 Cinemax channels as premium services, with each set of channels available for $14.95. The price includes access to each channel's subscription On Demand library. Subscribers who want both HBO and Cinemax will pay $24.95 per month.

The value of FiOS TV extends to the installation and customer support. Specially trained Verizon technicians will install the service and acquaint subscribers with FiOS TV features and services. Verizon is waiving the installation fee for up to three existing TV outlets, and there is no charge to install a needed optical network terminal at the subscriber's home. Charges for other installation services, such as additional outlets, may apply. Verizon also provides 24x7 technical assistance by phone from its Fiber Solutions Centers.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), a Dow 30 company, is a leader in delivering broadband and other communication innovations to wireline and wireless customers. Verizon operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving 51.3 million customers nationwide; one of the most expansive wholly-owned global IP networks; and one of the nation's premier wireline networks, serving home, business and wholesale customers. Based in New York, Verizon has a diverse workforce of approximately 250,000 and generates annual consolidated operating revenues of approximately $90 billion. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

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post #798 of 17987
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Originally Posted by carltonrice View Post

News Release

Verizon Launches FiOS TV in Howard County; First Rollout in Maryland



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Good God, man. Just post the link next time. This was like reading a novel.
post #799 of 17987
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Originally Posted by rickypicky View Post

Has anybody noticed a bit of "noise" on FiOS SD channels? Specifically, on the Children channels (like Nick, etc...), with animated programming (like Spongebob, Fairly Odd Parents, etc...). I still have D* as well as FiOS, and D* has noticeably less "noise" on these channels than FiOS. When I say "noise", I mean edges of the characters seem a bit blurred. I noticed this using HDMI output from the STB as well as S-Video.

I am extremely pleased with the HD PQ on FiOS, but jus a bit disappointed with the SD on some channels.

Nope. In fact, some of those look the best they've ever looked to me.
post #800 of 17987
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Originally Posted by digital_dilemma View Post


Good God, man. Just post the link next time. This was like reading a novel.

When faced with an overly-long post please perform the following procedure:

1. Stop reading.
2. Move your mouse to the right-hand-side of your browser window. There you will see something that looks like a scrollbar.
3. Click the scroll control and drag downward until the long post is no longer visible in the browser window.
4. Resume reading.
post #801 of 17987
I noticed this topic over at Broadband Reports. I guess it is time for Virginia subs to call VZ and ask when we can expect CSN-HD. It seems it would be an analagous situation. It is particularly frustrating to me to not only not have HDNet but to lose out on the prospect of seeing all the MLB (over 50 games) that CSN-HD will produce this year.
post #802 of 17987
I received a letter from Verizon today [I live in the Dallas Fort Worth area] where they plan to add new HD channels by 3-30-2006. The letter does state that 'Some channels may take a little longer to activate'.

815- Fox Sports Net- Southwest HD
822- National Geographic HD

They also list MTV HD [823] but that has obviously been added already.
post #803 of 17987
Verizon could save lots of mass mailing money by just making the additon of the channels obvious while folks actually look at the TV - like the built in message feature.
post #804 of 17987
The Digital Revolution
Verizon to Carry CBS Signal, Programs on FiOS


By Jay Sherman TVWeek.com March 20, 2006

CBS Corp. and Verizon Communications said Monday they have reached an agreement under which the telephone giant will carry CBS's broadcast signal and offer CBS shows on-demand to customers of Verizon's new video service, FiOS.

Verizon will have rights to CBS's analog, digital, multicast and high-definition programming seen on CBS owned-and-operated television stations. Also included is video-on-demand content from the O&Os and from the broadcast network.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, though CBS CEO Leslie Moonves has repeatedly vowed that CBS will be compensated with cash for its broadcast signal as soon as opportunities to do so arrive.

The agreement does not encompass programming from the soon-to-be-shuttered UPN or from The CW Television Network, which is expected to launch in September.

The deal replaces a special agreement that had been reached between the two companies shortly before Verizon began offering FiOS last fall. FiOS currently is available in dozens of communities across seven states.

Verizon will make the CBS content available at no additional cost to FiOS subscribers who have a set-top box. Also, there will be no charge for VOD services in markets where CBS owns the CBS station. CBS owns TV stations in nearly every market where Verizon does business, with the exception of Washington.

http://www.tvweek.com/news.cms?newsId=9582
post #805 of 17987
Great to see CBS will go on Verizon. So...since Verizon indicates it doesn't compress, and CBS feeds its stations at what, 45-55 Mbps(?), that means Verizon customers, through the virtually unlimited bandwidth of optical fibers, will be getting bit rates surpassing the best 1080 DVDs (~40 Mbps). Can't wait for the NYC installers to arrive! :-) -- John
post #806 of 17987
http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/060321/nytu033.html?.v=47

Highlight:

Verizon Seeks FCC Intervention to Free Cablevision's Stranglehold on Sports Programming

Tuesday March 21, 10:00 am ET
Cablevision's Anti-Competitive Behavior in New York and Massachusetts Runs Afoul of 1992 Cable Consumer Protection Act


WASHINGTON, March 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Stymied by extended stonewalling by Cablevision Systems Corp. and its wholly-owned subsidiary Rainbow Media Holdings, Verizon has filed a formal program access complaint with the Federal Communications Commission to secure Rainbow's sports programming for Verizon's FiOS TV customers in New York and New England.

For more than a year, despite repeated requests to negotiate by Verizon, Rainbow has refused to begin to negotiate a carriage agreement for Fox Sports Network New York, Fox Sports Network New England and Madison Square Garden Network -- all controlled by Rainbow.
post #807 of 17987
It should be noted the previous linked article is a Press Release written by Verizon.
post #808 of 17987
http://www.multichannel.com/article/...=Breaking+News

Cablevision Responds:

"We are in discussions with Verizon, and their own spokesperson recently acknowledged that these negotiations 'can take a while.' It would be more productive for Verizon to negotiate with us than to file complaints and issue press releases, Rainbow spokesman Whit Clay said."

... and the return volley:

Terry Denson, Verizon's vice president of FiOS TV content strategy and acquisition, said in a prepared statement that Cablevision responded to Verizon's requests for negotiations by demanding deployment plans -- information that was only valuable to Cablevision as a direct competitor, not as an element to evaluate any license bid.
post #809 of 17987
I think the clock is running out on the cable cos and there anti-competetive practices. If they aren't careful the government will do to them what they did to the telcos years ago..............I, for one, can't wait.
post #810 of 17987
Ya. Verizon needs to blow those cable companies out of the water. I want Verizon!
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