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Old 03-17-2009, 05:57 PM   #1  
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Default Consolidated Communications: Digital TV via phone line?

http://www.consolidated.com/residential/digitaltv/

Any opinions? I'm in southeast TX.
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Old 03-18-2009, 07:26 AM   #2  
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I have their service in Illinois (they are in several different regions), and have been very impressed with it. The picture is crystal clear, and they offer a lot of good features you don't get with cable. They have a good dvr product, lots of high def channels, and their bundles have good channels and good prices. I pay $99/month for TV, phone, and DSL combined thru them.
Just my 2 cents.
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Old 04-07-2009, 08:09 AM   #3  
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I have their service in Illinois (they are in several different regions), and have been very impressed with it. The picture is crystal clear, and they offer a lot of good features you don't get with cable. They have a good dvr product, lots of high def channels, and their bundles have good channels and good prices. I pay $99/month for TV, phone, and DSL combined thru them.
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Define "Lots"
From looking at their online channel lineup for Katy, TX I see precious few and half of them are locals.
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Old 04-07-2009, 08:38 AM   #4  
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Also how is your internet speed (and how are you determining its quality)? I'm semi-interested in their TV package, but I already have their internet service (6 Mbps) and it sucks. They made some changes in early Feb. and since then we encounter major congestion on any traffic going thru Dallas and since most everything on their network goes thru Dallas.... well, you get the idea. Their tech support has been clueless.
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Old 04-08-2009, 07:29 AM   #5  
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Note to Mods. This thread actually is an IPTV service, the likes of U-Verse, FIOS, etc. Perhaps we need a "general" IPTV forum with U-Verse, etc. inside it. As time goes on possibly other Telcos will have their own flavor of IPTV.
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Old 04-09-2009, 06:10 AM   #6  
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Default ENTONE STB's ???

Again per Consolidated's own web site, they're showing an ENTONE set top box for HD and their DVR is the identical same box with an external (also ENTONE) disk drive attached to what appears in the picture to be the USB port on the STB.

However, in reading the website-provided user's manual for the ENTONE STB I see no component video connection(s) and both the HDMI and USB connections have a * symbol over them and a footnote that they're for future use. Is this to imply that these features really aren't yet available or that their webmaster has other far more pressing duties? Regardless of that answer, it doesn't leave me with a very warm-fuzzy feeling.

Is HDMI truly not yet implemented and does this box really not have a component video output?

Getting dependable info from Consolidated about their IPTV service seems a little like pulling teeth. I'm off tomorrow (Good Friday) and hopefully their local service center is open so I can go in and check this thing out first hand.
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Old 06-11-2009, 11:02 AM   #7  
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Again per Consolidated's own web site, they're showing an ENTONE set top box for HD and their DVR is the identical same box with an external (also ENTONE) disk drive attached to what appears in the picture to be the USB port on the STB.

However, in reading the website-provided user's manual for the ENTONE STB I see no component video connection(s) and both the HDMI and USB connections have a * symbol over them and a footnote that they're for future use. Is this to imply that these features really aren't yet available or that their webmaster has other far more pressing duties? Regardless of that answer, it doesn't leave me with a very warm-fuzzy feeling.

Is HDMI truly not yet implemented and does this box really not have a component video output?

Getting dependable info from Consolidated about their IPTV service seems a little like pulling teeth. I'm off tomorrow (Good Friday) and hopefully their local service center is open so I can go in and check this thing out first hand.
I recently signed up for this service in Pittsburgh, PA.

The STB does support both component and HDMI output. The installer told me that he had seen some problems with older HDTV sets using HDMI, but component output always worked in that case.

Overall, I'm pleased with the service and recommend it.

Minor things I don't like:

Slow remote to STB (all the remotes use RF to communicate to it)

Channel guide does not list: new/repeat for current programs and doesn't list year of program or movie

Lack of some HD channels like History and SciFi (Syfi?)

DVR does not currently function correctly for recording series programs (although I am told this is to be corrected)

Lack of HD movies on demand

I don't mind these things for saving $100 per month compared to Comcast.
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Old 06-23-2009, 07:41 AM   #8  
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Cool A cheaper than cable option...

They give you a slightly customized Entone Hydra HD box for your stb (aka, set top box). It's huge and sounds like a 1980's VCR unit running. This is because the fan in it is extremely loud and it generates a large amount of heat. There is no "off" switch on it so it stays on all the time, lighting up the DSL modem like a Christmas tree even when your TV is turned off. If you decide save on your electric bill and turn this thing off, it takes 5 to 10 minutes to restart itself when you power it back up. Not green or energy efficient at all. The remote controls provided are really slow to respond and the channel guide truncates the channel names. So you see, for example, "The Foo", "The Hist" and "Showti" on the selections.
The picture quality is poor to average at best because of the bandwidth limitations of the phone line. It has to share the same wire with you and your neighbor's phone lines and internet connections. They use this same technology in third world countries a lot because it doesn't involve a lot of cost to deploy using existing phone lines.
On the positive side, you can get a lot of channels for less money. The stb will drive up to three separate channels to other TV's in your house so you don't have to pay extra for those. This is a great option, if you don't want to spend a lot and don't care about picture quality.
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Old 07-08-2009, 07:28 PM   #9  
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I finally had a chance to take a firsthand look into the Consolidated package. For Katy,TX there are approx. (tho not quite) 200 total all-digital channels. It's IPTV, similar to Uverse & FIOS, but any similarity stops there. The very-very- (horribly) bad news is that there are only 18 total HD channels and 6 of those (your locals) are included in the basic bundle. If you're looking for HD, Consolidated isn't it.

None of their premium movie channels are in HD either. They do offer VOD, but I saw no mention of it being HD either, so I'm going to go out on a limb here and assume that it's not.

The DVR comes with 3 remotes to allow you to have NON-HD screens in 2 additional rooms plus your 1 HD TV. HD Output is via Component AND HDMI. SD output to the 2 adjacent rooms is via Coax (modulated RF). Looks like there's 3 tuners overall.

I did not explore the features of the DVR.

Their triple play deal (1) requires a 12-month contract, (2) provides you with a LEGACY analog (copper) phone line and (3) does NOT include US domestic LD. Overall I thought it to be kind of a bum deal, although legacy analog phone service is sure nice to have when the power goes out and/or your internet goes down. Oh by the way, their base internet speed in the triple play deal was 3 Mbps down and 512 up uncapped. They offer several email addresses (I forget exactly how many).

Rates for everything are as-published on their web site for each area served.

I made it a point to ask and was told that yes, IPTV watching HD source material *MAY* in some cases impact your internet speed if you're on a long, marginally qualified copper circuit. If Consolidated is on fiber in your neighborhood then there should be no impact.

Overall I was not favorably impressed.

On an unrelated note they finally did fix our internet service, though it took almost 5 months for their network folks to figure out why all their high speed customers in Katy (6 & 10 Mbps) were bitching because of extreme network congestion and actual performance below 1 Mbps with massive packet loss and QOS readings below 20%

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