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  1. Член BJ_M's Avatar
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    I4U: How is the image quality of Verizon FiOS TV?
    Craig: The picture is really the best that I have seen ever, even on non-HD channels.

    I4U: What about the promised HD channels?
    Craig: I have about 20 HD channels including all the major networks starting at 801 and working down to PBS HD, WB HD, TNT HD, UPN HD, NFL HD, ESPN HD & ESPN2 HD and to HBO HD. I even have some that I have not heard of like Wealth TV.

    I4U: Anything that reminds you that it is not cable or satellite?
    Craig: I know that it is not satellite because it rained over the weekend and we all know what happens then. It is not cable because the starter channel package is really affordable.

    I4U: What can you tell us about the video on demand channels?
    Craig: As far as the VOD, a lot of shows are free, the wife loves the 18 or so Sex and the City episodes that she can watch and rewind, fast-forward, but canít record. I really have my own DVD collection on my remote. If you have HBO then you get all the movies that appear that month and so on with Cinemax and Starz, etc. The new releases are $3.95 and movies from the library are $2.95.

    I4U: Is the DVR function in the Verizon FiOS setop box (by Motorola) usable?
    Craig: The DVR hard drive is about par for the size of the box, 30 hrs. Dish has the 80 hrs DVR but is the size of a boat. The 30 hrs gives you enough to record your month of favorite shows but with the VOD, you are really cutting your live TV viewing time in half.

    Besides TV, Verizon offers also broadband internet access over their FiOS network. You can get up to 30Mps/5Mps.



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    30Mps - hmmmm

    you could download a whole dvd in about 3 - 4 ... or 10 minutes for DL

    OR 5 minutes tops for H264 for a 2 hour movies in HD !!


    blockbuster should be all over this sales model in the future ..
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    Originally Posted by BJ_M
    30Mps - hmmmm

    you could download a whole dvd in about 3 - 4 ... or 10 minutes for DL

    OR 5 minutes tops for H264 for a 2 hour movies in HD !!


    blockbuster should be all over this sales model in the future ..
    who in the hell has huge pipes for a 30Mps upload...I guess when (if) fiber to the door spreads, it won't be a problem.

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    I find it interesting that the connection is still asymmertric, with 30Mb down and only 5Mb up. Since the connection is fiber, there is no technical reason for this limitation. It will certainly add fuel to the complaints of ISPs forcing customers to be only consumers of internet services rather than full participants.
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    Originally Posted by phelix
    I find it interesting that the connection is still asymmertric, with 30Mb down and only 5Mb up. Since the connection is fiber, there is no technical reason for this limitation.
    I agree, but still find myself laughing at how we can bitch about only 5MB up.

    I am just glad to see them taking the steps they are, to get us higher speeds, static addresses, and the ability to put my webpage on my computer (no Comcast 25mb limit, ftp transfers, etc).

    The TV channels also appeal to me as an alternative to the whole Blu-ray/HD DVD fiasco-in-the-making.

    Why risk investing in the losing disc format, when I can get equivalent PPV - at least until the "war" is won?
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  6. Cool!
    Too bad it's not available in my area :
    http://www22.verizon.com/FiosForHome/channels/Fios/HighSpeedInternetForHome.asp
    Note to self:buy more Verizon stock.
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    Originally Posted by phelix
    I find it interesting that the connection is still asymmertric, with 30Mb down and only 5Mb up. Since the connection is fiber, there is no technical reason for this limitation. It will certainly add fuel to the complaints of ISPs forcing customers to be only consumers of internet services rather than full participants.
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