Originally Posted by Joe Murphy
Thanks for the info everyone. That answers my questions. I'm definitely leaning towards pulling the plug on E* and going to FIOS. I've been a relatively happy E* customer but I paid $1000 for the 921 when it first came out so you can guess how I feel about that whole fiasco. I've kind of had it with Charlie's broken promises on that sad box. Also, I've lost my look at 61.5 due to neighbors tree growth which really limits the HD I can receive. Also, the DVR and additional receiver fees do irritate me a bit too. Right now I pay $75 with Dish for
* Americas Top 180 with Locals
* DVR Fee (for 921)
* Addtl receiver fee (for my 921)
* Dish HD Package (no Voom)
* Extended Warranty
I'm figuring with FIOS It will be
$35 Expanded Basic
$12 DVR Fee (I think someone said there is a $12 DVR fee)
$12 Maybe the Entry Movie Package
Totals out to $59
Am I missing something? How much will I pay for a 2nd QIP6416 receiver to service my two upstairs TVs? Also, is the $12 DVR fee correct?
Sorry to jump in late, but you have to pay a fee
even though you own the 921? I have Dish, with an old-skool PVR501; and I don't pay any fees to my knowledge. I was told that I wouldn't have to since I bought my receiver.
Are you basically paying a fee for the right to record HD? If so, that sucks out loud.
On the issue of FTTP, I'm on the fence. Verizon's tentacles haven't reached my area yet, but I do have a FTTP option with one of the local utilities- BVUB. It isn't quite as sexy as the FIOS service; but the prices are decent.
I can get expanded basic, 37 digital channels, music channels, Starz/Encore, Starz HD, HDNet, HDNet Movies, ESPN HD, Discovery HD Theater, and all of my locals in HD. For internet, the speed is 5Mbit/down and 256Kbit up (just like I have with Comcast) for roughly $112/month. I also have the option of using their VoIP service; but I'm really hooked on Vonage so I'll probably stay with them.
If I don't go with BVUB, I might go with D*. E* has been fine, but I want a MPEG4 receiver. I'm not into the receiver merry-go-round.
No matter who I might be with at the time, whenever
FIOS gets here, I'll probably switch over to their service.