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Old 07-18-2008, 01:01 PM   #1  
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Where are the HD channels that Verizon was supposed be
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They are rolling them out area by area now, some already have new HDs, the rest of us should have them in the next few months. About two months before they add them, they send you a letter telling you the analog channels will be cut off in about a month, then about 2 months later, new HDs are added. If all goes smoothly, it will happen. We all hope it does.
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New channels are coming to Mass on 8/20. Check the Verizon Website under channel lineup in the bottom right corner.
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New HD Channels coming to Los Angeles/Ventura Counties in Sept. per Verizon letter.
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Actually I believe that the analogs will be turned off in September, but the new HD channels won't appear until early Oct. At least that is the estimated dates I have seen. I just received my notice for analog conversion yesterday. Has anyone ever been able to get the free digital converters though the website, or has everyone had to call for them? Their website never allows me to see any of my individual info, it always says to call or to try later. I have tried later, hundreds of times, and they never are able to see my STB's or any of my other indiviual info. I was once able to see my pay per view history, but never anything else.
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Old 07-19-2008, 11:40 AM   #8  
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Actually I believe that the analogs will be turned off in September, but the new HD channels won't appear until early Oct. At least that is the estimated dates I have seen. I just received my notice for analog conversion yesterday. Has anyone ever been able to get the free digital converters though the website, or has everyone had to call for them? Their website never allows me to see any of my individual info, it always says to call or to try later. I have tried later, hundreds of times, and they never are able to see my STB's or any of my other indiviual info. I was once able to see my pay per view history, but never anything else.
There used to be a link to get the free adapters on line. Note this is NOT the same as their normal fios website. Order through that, and you'll get charged for the adapters. Unfortunately I don't remember the URL for getting the free adapters on line. But that is exactly how I got my free box. The site only allowed you to get up to 2 boxes, but that was fine for me - I actually only took one (I had an extra TV that was collecting dust and I wanted to hook that up too). I also understand, however, that that website has since gone away. Call the phone number on the letter.
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Old 07-21-2008, 06:52 AM   #9  
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Is Verizon's FiOS Lying Again?
The telco retreats from its commitment to offer 150 high-def channels in 2008.
By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (July 20, 2008) -- On November 1, 2007, Verizon's FiOS TV issued a press release stating that it would increase its high-def lineup to 150 channels in 2008.

"Verizon FiOS TV customers will get even more of the High-Definition content they love as Verizon today announced plans for a fivefold increase in the number of HD channels, to 150 channels," the release stated.

However, Verizon FiOS Vice President Terry Denson was recently asked by Multichannel News if his company was standing by its commitment.

"The important thing is that we expect to be the categorical leader," Denson said. "We are on our way. We havenít arrived yet and we are still negotiating some agreements, which is why I want to shy away from mentioning specific channels."

Denson added: "A lot has been made of actual channel counts but we donít obsess over channel counts."

Oh, really?

Well, Verizon FiOS seemed obsessed with "channel counts" last November when it issued that press release. In fact, the title of the release was:

"Verizon Plans Fivefold Increase in HD Channels on FiOS TV in 2008" (The telco had roughly 30 high-def channels at that time.)


Verizon stretches the truth again...

But with just slightly more than five months left in the year, suddenly Verizon doesn't think that "channel counts" matter.

Could it be because it's not going to offer 150 HD channels?

Could it be that Verizon never intended to offer 150 HD channels, but merely wanted to issue a press release saying that it would so it would keep customers from switching to DIRECTV or another TV provider? (The press release -- and the 150 HD channel promise -- was featured in hundreds of print publications and web sites.)

Could it be that the '150 HD channel' boast was a lie from the start?

Harsh words, you might say. But Verizon's FiOS, which now offers less than 50 HD channels in most markets, has a long history of saying one thing and doing another. For instance:

* Verizon issued a statement in February that it was "hopefully finishing" negotiations to bring Major League Baseball's 'Extra Innings' package to its FiOS TV subscribers. At the time, many FiOS baseball fans were trying to decide whether to stay with FiOS or switch to a TV provider that would offer the baseball package.

As of today, Verizon still hasn't added the baseball package. (Although there have been rumors it will be added in Verizon's promised upcoming channel expansion; the telco says it's adding 25 HD channels this summer.)

* Verizon last year included a free Sharp LCD HDTV in a promotional offer for FiOS. However, after signing up a large number of new subscribers in the promotional offer, the telco said it suddenly ran out of free Sharp TVs. Dow Jones reports that Verizon instead offered new customers a less attractive Magnavox set or a $200 Best Buy gift card as an alternative.

* Verizon ran a TV ad campaign earlier this year saying that CNET.com stated that its FiOS TV service is "near flawless." However, as it turns out, CNET actually never said that; the technology web site published an article saying that it was important for Verizon to offer a "near flawless" TV experience, given the intense competition in the TV category.

In our view, the telco is exhibiting a 'fast and loose" approach to the facts when promoting High-Definition TV and related TV services. We realize that as a relative newcomer to the field, Verizon must be aggressive in marketing its service as it tries to peel away longtime cable and satellite subscribers.

However, there's a line between aggressive and misleading and Verizon seems all too willing to cross that line.

In his final comments to Multichannel News, Denson tried to dismiss the '150 HD channel' issue by saying that Verizon would increase its HD On Demand menu this year.

"It is a complicated message to effectively impart to a potential consumer," Denson said. "It is a lot easier for a consumer to say, 'This provider has 150 channels and this one has 100 channels, so Iíll choose the one with 150 channels,' than the contemplative approach of choosing a provider with 100 HD channels and 500 HD programs available at any one time on demand."

150 HD channels. 100 HD channels. At this point, whatever Verizon says, it can't be believed.
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Old 07-21-2008, 07:40 AM   #10  
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Freedom is a great word....and that's what makes the USA a great place to live. If your upset about FIOS' "promises", go somewhere else......and then you can "bitch" about TW, Comcast, the satellites or cable vision-in-general. The BEST video source, IMHO, including blu-ray in the good ole US of A is Verizon's uncompressed video........my opinion!!!!
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Is Verizon's FiOS Lying Again?
The telco retreats from its commitment to offer 150 high-def channels in 2008.
By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (July 20, 2008) -- On November 1, 2007, Verizon's FiOS TV issued a press release stating that it would increase its high-def lineup to 150 channels in 2008.

"Verizon FiOS TV customers will get even more of the High-Definition content they love as Verizon today announced plans for a fivefold increase in the number of HD channels, to 150 channels," the release stated.

However, Verizon FiOS Vice President Terry Denson was recently asked by Multichannel News if his company was standing by its commitment.

"The important thing is that we expect to be the categorical leader," Denson said. "We are on our way. We haven’t arrived yet and we are still negotiating some agreements, which is why I want to shy away from mentioning specific channels."

Denson added: "A lot has been made of actual channel counts but we don’t obsess over channel counts."

Oh, really?

Well, Verizon FiOS seemed obsessed with "channel counts" last November when it issued that press release. In fact, the title of the release was:

"Verizon Plans Fivefold Increase in HD Channels on FiOS TV in 2008" (The telco had roughly 30 high-def channels at that time.)


Verizon stretches the truth again...

But with just slightly more than five months left in the year, suddenly Verizon doesn't think that "channel counts" matter.

Could it be because it's not going to offer 150 HD channels?

Could it be that Verizon never intended to offer 150 HD channels, but merely wanted to issue a press release saying that it would so it would keep customers from switching to DIRECTV or another TV provider? (The press release -- and the 150 HD channel promise -- was featured in hundreds of print publications and web sites.)

Could it be that the '150 HD channel' boast was a lie from the start?

Harsh words, you might say. But Verizon's FiOS, which now offers less than 50 HD channels in most markets, has a long history of saying one thing and doing another. For instance:

* Verizon issued a statement in February that it was "hopefully finishing" negotiations to bring Major League Baseball's 'Extra Innings' package to its FiOS TV subscribers. At the time, many FiOS baseball fans were trying to decide whether to stay with FiOS or switch to a TV provider that would offer the baseball package.

As of today, Verizon still hasn't added the baseball package. (Although there have been rumors it will be added in Verizon's promised upcoming channel expansion; the telco says it's adding 25 HD channels this summer.)

* Verizon last year included a free Sharp LCD HDTV in a promotional offer for FiOS. However, after signing up a large number of new subscribers in the promotional offer, the telco said it suddenly ran out of free Sharp TVs. Dow Jones reports that Verizon instead offered new customers a less attractive Magnavox set or a $200 Best Buy gift card as an alternative.

* Verizon ran a TV ad campaign earlier this year saying that CNET.com stated that its FiOS TV service is "near flawless." However, as it turns out, CNET actually never said that; the technology web site published an article saying that it was important for Verizon to offer a "near flawless" TV experience, given the intense competition in the TV category.

In our view, the telco is exhibiting a 'fast and loose" approach to the facts when promoting High-Definition TV and related TV services. We realize that as a relative newcomer to the field, Verizon must be aggressive in marketing its service as it tries to peel away longtime cable and satellite subscribers.

However, there's a line between aggressive and misleading and Verizon seems all too willing to cross that line.

In his final comments to Multichannel News, Denson tried to dismiss the '150 HD channel' issue by saying that Verizon would increase its HD On Demand menu this year.

"It is a complicated message to effectively impart to a potential consumer," Denson said. "It is a lot easier for a consumer to say, 'This provider has 150 channels and this one has 100 channels, so I’ll choose the one with 150 channels,' than the contemplative approach of choosing a provider with 100 HD channels and 500 HD programs available at any one time on demand."

150 HD channels. 100 HD channels. At this point, whatever Verizon says, it can't be believed.
your bashing them because of that.Comcast is the biggest lier,remember this announcement http://www.engadgethd.com/2007/06/13...-800-the-next/

They announce them as channels not content
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I recall that once upon a time DirecTV claimed that they would be adding many more HD stations than they actually have to this point. Bashing Verizon isn't going to change the world.
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last guy good point 400 hd channel who would believe that and 800 the next year what lies
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my point is,verizon tv service has only been around for 2 1/2 years and within the next few months they will have a good amount of hd channels,but comcast tv service has been around for over 25 years.So you would think C* would of had some type of plan set up for hd to compete.There solution is to deliver a lot of smoke screens and compression.I think its pretty sad when a company like C* that has over 25 years of experience has to play catch-up to a company that still in its infancy.
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Old 07-22-2008, 06:55 AM   #15  
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What is not true in that article ?

They did change the free TV deal to a lesser model, misleading MLB package info, Cnet misleading ad, number of HD channels they plan to carry by year end in print.

Sorry guys its all 100% true and not bashing at all just facts.

Its great to rant and rave or toss insults but analog cutoffs have been done in a few locations already with hardly any new HD added.

Spring has come and gone with not a single HD channel countrywide added. If it wasnt for the Olympics coming and the huge backlash Verizon knows will happen if they dont atleast add the Olympic HD channels, we would not even be seeing those soon.

My NJ analog cut off was changed twice and already passed and still not a single HD channel.

Fios does have a great pictures that is true but I am REALLY starting to doubt their claims of being the new HD leader by year end. HD VOD is not what they said before they said "over 150 channels by year end"

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