I won't thumbs down you, but this is ANCIENT news. I've had the 3 free boxes for months already along with thousands of other people. Most people with FIOS likely got two mailings even if you grabbed your limit of three immediately after receiving first mailing.
This digital converter box is meant for standard televisions that were directly hooked up to the FIOS cable without a set top box. It provides RF and RCA outputs. It does NOT provide a high definition output. Think of it as a standard definition set top box with absolutely minimal functionality. It comes with a remote.
engadget.com frequently provides updates as to where FIOS is being installed. Just do a search for FIOS. Seems like a bunch of areas every week. They also just got approved into NYC.
and yes, the picture is absolute amazing. The HD is uncompressed unlike comcrap and the others. Satellite also compresses.
I'm probably getting rid of fios soon, their Internet & tv is pricing me out, plus not fast enough with adding hd channels is driving me crazy. They just added like 5 or 6 the other day after about a year since the last hd additions. Guess it's back to Cablevision for me. btw, does any fios customers know how they ask for the equipment like dvr, router and these digital converter boxes back? Do they send someone out or do we bring it to them?
thanks op i just called and ordered 3 free adapters that should be here in 5 days. The rep said i will get all the channels i would with a STB except the interactive an movie channels. I dunno if this is true.. Can anyone elaborate?
..... and yes, the picture is absolute amazing. The HD is uncompressed unlike comcrap and the others. Satellite also compresses.
I don't think that statement is true. Broadcast quality video is always compressed. The original network/station/operations facility that the programming originates from always compresses the signal to get it to the Verizon/cable/satellite companies' head ends (who then pass it along to you). If Verizon is claiming their video is uncompressed (which I haven't heard, but who knows...) then they only mean from them to you. But it certainly isn't uncompressed going into their facility.
And thanks for the heads up on the free boxes, even if it is old news!
I can confirm this, I received a notice in the mail a few weeks ago to call Verizon to get your free digital converter box. I finally called on Monday, they said it would take 5-7 days to get here, the next day I come home from work and the converter's sitting at my front door. Works great, I get all the FiOS channels that I'm subscribed to, minus the info and guide features
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