Cablevision to Verizon FiOS??

Oren

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On January 1, Cablevision dropped two of our favorite channels without warning. Food Network and HGTV is no more. There is an ongoing dispute between Scripps Networks and Cablevision regarding contract renewal and the fees Scripps wants Cablevision to pay for carrying their channels and it seems that there is no end in sight.

Anyway, I'm thinking it's time to switch to Verizon FiOS (they carry the channels that we like to watch). I'm just wondering if anyone else has made the change from Cablevision to FiOS (or vice versa) and would like to know your opinions on the services.

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limegrass69

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I am staying with Cablevision right now (FiOS is not available in my area yet).

I have a few friends who have made the switch. After the promo period is over, it is more expensive for a similar package with FiOS. You might be able to negotiate that away. Verizon nickels and dimes you with fees and taxes.

The install can be a bit hairy, but once it's done, it's done. Some people complain about slowdowns with a cable modem, while the FiOS speeds seem to be pretty consistent.

The TV packages are essentially similar. You miss a few HD sports channels, local access, and News 12 on FiOS, while FiOS gives you HGTV, Food Network, and a few other little goodies that you don't get with Cablevision. It's more or less a wash. Some people say that the picture is better with FiOS, but that can be subjective.

The FiOS cable box seems faster than Cablevision's.

Overall, my friends seem to be happy with FiOS. They don't particularly care for the customer service or the BS taxes.

As usual, the consumer gets screwed here while the cable company and networks get rich.
 

Oren

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Thanks so much, limegrass.

I'm bailing on Cablevision at this point. FiOS install is on Wednesday.

I'll tell you guys how it goes.

:wave:
 

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I'm all over fiber when it gets to southwest Virginia. I'll tell you about my experience around 2020. :2funny:
 

Oren

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The newest Consumer Reports magazine gives FiOS GREAT reviews across the board. Much faster Internet than Cablevision, much better sound quality and reliability for phone, and where TV picture and sound quality score the equivalent of a "C" and "C" for Cablevsion, it scores an "A" and an "A" for FiOS.
 

Oren

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And FiOS has a much better channel lineup.

;)

I'm looking forward to this!
 

Oren

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Tomorrow.

The installer will be here between 9 and 10 AM.

I was told by them, several times, that the install takes BETWEEN 6 AND 10 HOURS!!!


:jj:


That can't be!

Please!

:p
 

Wayne Edwards

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Tomorrow.

The installer will be here between 9 and 10 AM.

I was told by them, several times, that the install takes BETWEEN 6 AND 10 HOURS!!!


:jj:


That can't be!

Please!

:p

Tell those motherfuckers to hurry up. I want to see your review!
 

Oren

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OK. I am now FiOS-equipped!

The install took 7 hours. The installers (2 men) needed to do work in the basement, the attic, the bedroom closet, and behind the TV and PC. They were very polite and professional, and the work done was top-notch. They get an A+.

After their work is done, they hand off the rest of the job to two other guys who program the remote and give a demo of many of the FiOS TV features. During that time, they found out the wrong box was installed. It was a non-DVR box, and I made sure they were installing a DVR box when I placed my order on the phone. They scrambled to find a DVR box by calling other installers, but no one had an extra. Although it was after 5PM (past their working hours) they decided to take a 1-hour ride to and from Verizon to pick up a DVR box, then install and activate it. Before they left to get the DVR, I told them it would be perfectly fine if they just bring one on another day, but they insisted they wanted to make sure the work was done correctly. They too delivered excellent service and they clearly went above and beyond.

As far as the TV picture and sound are concerned, there is a definite difference. With FiOS, the picture looks even sharper on both HD and SD channels. The color needed to be adjusted a bit as it was initially too bold, but now it looks GREAT. I also tuned the sharpness down a bit. I am sure this is because FiOS does not compress the signal, where Cablevision does (because they HAVE to).

The channel lineup is overwhelming, and that will take some getting used to. I have a TON of channels that we never had with Cablevision.

The TV Guide is far, FAR more advanced than what we were used to with Cablevision. There is a definite learning curve, and I would not recommend FiOS to, say, older folks that want nothing to do with computers or technology. There are SO many options, including automatically padding the beginning or end of recorded programs so they are not truncated (which was a problem with my Cablevision DVR... depending on the program, some would end a minute or two early, so you miss the very end of the recorded program).

As for the Internet, I thought it was blazing fast with Cablevision. That clearly wasn't the case as it's noticeably faster on FiOS (and I have FiOS' "slowest" connection speed).

My telephone now sounds just like a land-line. Voices are warmer and more clear and "present".

I'm still getting used to the guide and navigating the menus and all the options (tons of em), but I would highly recommend FiOS if it's available to you and if you don't mind the learning curve. I was extremelly impressed with the services performed by their employees, and I'm super-impressed with the quality of FiOS TV, Internet and phone. It really blows Cablevision out of the water. :clap:

If you have any questions, I'll try my best to answer them. I'm still in the process of learning the new system though. ;)





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Oren

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I totally am.

I can't believe some of this stuff. Listen to this one....

There's a way to watch or record something that you forgot to. For example, you forgot to record (or watch) something, you can go back and find it (even from days ago). On ANY channel. It's NOT recorded on the DVR, you just access it.

(God KNOWS how I did it, but I stumbled upon it tonight!) :bigthumbup:
 

Wayne Edwards

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I'll take two!!!

Seriously, sounds like you made a great choice, and something tells me I'll be doing the same in the near future.

What kind of TV do you have? I have a 42" LG HDTV that's just okay (720p). I wonder if I'd notice as great a difference in picture quality...
 

limegrass69

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I'll just sit back and wait for Verizon to get off their lazy asses and wire my town for FiOS. They wired, literally, to about a 1/4 mile from my house. But since I'm in a different municipality, I have to wait until Verizon decides to make it happen.
 

Oren

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I'll take two!!!

Seriously, sounds like you made a great choice, and something tells me I'll be doing the same in the near future.

What kind of TV do you have? I have a 42" LG HDTV that's just okay (720p). I wonder if I'd notice as great a difference in picture quality...

I have a 50" Panasonic plasma. 1080i. I think you'll see more of a improvement in standard definition programming. With Cablevision the video seems "soft", with FiOS, it's sharper.
 

Oren

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All I can really say is if you are lucky enough to have FiOS available to you, and their channel lineup is appealing to you, go for it! You won't be disappointed. The only thing that you need to be careful about is Verizon's billing. Cablevision's billing is pretty much trouble-free. Verizon is pretty notorious for frequent billing errors, so you need to be on the lookout for that.

Also, check out the ratings of the different providers in the latest Consumer Reports magazine. FiOS is right on top. Cablevision/iO is far down in the ratings, more like middle of the pack.

Also, if Howard TV is important to you, it is not available on FiOS.
 

MM

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I jumped on FiOS when I moved a year and a half ago.

Their pricing is a bit high IMO, but we just call and get teh latest and greatest deal every few months or so.

There are a lot of channels to watch.

The internet is fast, too.

I'm glad that I have it and will never go back.
 

Oren

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I jumped on FiOS when I moved a year and a half ago.

Their pricing is a bit high IMO, but we just call and get teh latest and greatest deal every few months or so.

There are a lot of channels to watch.

The internet is fast, too.

I'm glad that I have it and will never go back.

Michigan, have you ever encountered billing errors with Verizon?
 

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Not in this area yet, and stuck with Dish Network since Comcast sucks. But once it's here I'm all over it!