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Old 06-03-2008, 03:14 PM   #1
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Default Channel realignment!

Hat tip to someone on dslreports for this one. Go to the Vz website, and bring up the tv channel list. Don't put in your zip. Just scroll down. You'll see ALOT of changes. Looks like Vz is set to REALLY move channels around. I thought this might just be them messing around, until someone posted a couple of links to new PDF files:

This is for Indiana - note the date - effective 6/30!

http://www22.verizon.com/NROneRetail...ctive_6_30.pdf

And another one for Oregon (effective July):

http://www22.verizon.com/NROneRetail...ctive_7_09.pdf

Looks like they really are set to add alot of HD channels.


Not sure if this is the real deal or not, but it looks promising as hell.
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Channel 1001, HD PPV Events...wahoo!!!

Looks like the real deal to me boys....
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Wow, that really does look good! Now if we could just get that lineup down here in Texas before 2010 or so.
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the interesting thing about the Oregon and Indiana schedules that JPL linked above is that the Starz and Showtime HD channels are grouped with HDNet (i.e. free) and not in the "Premium" movie package. I figured Starz and Showtime were extra packages...guess not!

Another wierd thing is that when you scroll down on the main channel lineup page - not the zip code specific page, but national - it seems like "HD Experience" is an entirely new package and is separate from the "Fios Premier" package. I just signed a 2-year bundle contract for the Premier package and really hope they don't roll out a ton of new HD channels that are exclusive to some new package...
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the interesting thing about the Oregon and Indiana schedules that JPL linked above is that the Starz and Showtime HD channels are grouped with HDNet (i.e. free) and not in the "Premium" movie package. I figured Starz and Showtime were extra packages...guess not!
I believe all those channels are part of the "movies package". It is an extra $12 a month I think.
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It does look like the real deal.
It's a pretty good selection, but one does wonder what this HD Experience package is. Funny thing, if they charge something like 10 bucks a month for that, it'll be about what Comcast wanted me to pay 4 years ago for a horribly limited selection of 5 HD channels.

By my count this takes them to 48 HD channels without counting any local channels. That's pretty good. I'm really surprised to see Mojo on the list, but it's there.

Other things I notice:

Big Ten Network will also be available in the regular SD sports lineup. (with ESPN, NFL, etc)

Setana Sports, MLB Extra Innings and NHL Center Ice are also on the PPV section. (no idea if they're HD or not)

Fox News and Fox Business are now next to each other and away from CNN and MSNBC.

They're also adding Current TV, Reelz Channel (movies) and RFD-TV.
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It does look like the real deal.
It's a pretty good selection, but one does wonder what this HD Experience package is. Funny thing, if they charge something like 10 bucks a month for that, it'll be about what Comcast wanted me to pay 4 years ago for a horribly limited selection of 5 HD channels.
Even though it still may be a better deal than what Comcast would have done 4 years ago, I will still be pretty angry if Verizon makes all these new HD channels part of some new package we have to pay extra for. Most current cable/dish providers have a TON of HD channels that are all part of the standard package (equivalent to FiOS Premier).

If Verizon wants to compare their offerings to other providers, it has to be an apples to apples comparison. Anyone can add a bunch of HD channels and charge extra for them - the clear winner will be the provider that has the most HD channels considered as standard package...since, well, HD channels WILL be the standard very soon!!!
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Setana Sports, MLB Extra Innings and NHL Center Ice are also on the PPV section. (no idea if they're HD or not)
I was so pumped about the HD PPV that I completely missed the MLB Extra Innings...AWESOME!
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Is this the only HD release we are getting or is there more to come...The next batch will keep me happy for awhile...I am still hoping for FX HD and the NHL Network as well...but what can we do
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That you wait until your non-digital goes away? In so Cal that would be 9/1. That would be cool with me. Good to hear about some change coming.
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That you wait until your non-digital goes away? In so Cal that would be 9/1. That would be cool with me. Good to hear about some change coming.
To answer some questions - this is the first expansion. More will be coming. In fact there list that's inlcuded in that channel list is probably not complete for this expansion - from what I understand negotiations are still on-going with some channels, which prevents them from announcing those channels.

More is supposed to be coming throughout the year. Second, yes, this is dependent on when they convert your market. I believe that they're doing both the analog elimination and QAM expansion at the same time in each market. Realize that these changes need to happen at EVERY cable office. So the date of the analog-elimination is when the work is set to start at our VHO. It takes time to get through every CO in the VHO.

Next, it looks like verizon is starting to make this somewhat official. Go to the channel list on verizon's website, and they now have this:

"National Channel Lineup


Existing customers will get notice of changes and timing in their area, new customers can take advantage of the new programming as it becomes available.


To see current channel lineup for FiOS TV areas, fill in your zip code, then City/Region (if applicable), then hit ‘GO!’.



As the time nears for new programming to launch in your area, a printable version (PDF file) of the new channel lineup will be available on this page beneath the “Filter Your Channels” box. The new lineups will become available for viewing and printing approximately 30 days prior to launch date so check back periodically."


Bolding is mine. If you go to the channel line up, go over to the right, and scroll down to where they have the pdf versions of the channel line-ups. You should now see the PDF files for the new lineup for Ft. Wayne, IN and for Portland, OR.
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I can't wait to get it in So. Jersey. Anyone have any idea when that will happen?
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Very cool, thanks for the info!
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I just got the letter that they are switching over to digital in july in VA!
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I just got the letter that they are switching over to digital in july in VA!
That must be for NoVA....

Central VA & Tidewater were switched in mid-April.
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