[mythtv-users] Current Verizon FIOS experiences

Andre Newman mythtv-list at dinkum.org.uk
Wed Dec 16 11:29:17 UTC 2009

Hi, a friend in Boston MA is setting up a new MythTV box over Christmas, he had one for a while before but it was old, underpowered and many months ago died completely!

His ATSC reception is lousy on an indoor antenna and he doesn't fancy climbing on the roof until the spring so I'm trying to advise the best thing to try. He has Verizon FIOS and a spare STB, we tried to get firewire working with the old myth box a year or so ago but never got any response from the STB, maybe this is better in 0.22?? There seemed to be a problem with the firewire card and the old motherboard too (FW HD locked up regularly), lots of problems with the old box generally.

So I see lots of people on here with FIOS firewire STB's working, is there any trick to this beyond what's on the wiki, are there magic incantations that need to be recited to the Verizon support people to switch on Firewire??

Also is Clear QAM a useful option (alternative or additional) or have Verizon encrypted the lot in the last couple of weeks? 
He'd be happy to get a HD Homerun and that seems to me like it would supplement a firewire STB nicely, he has a Schedules Direct sub but I hope he doesn't need two subs to create two different video sources for the different lineups for the STB & Clear QAM?

Looking for some up to date advice on this, I know MythTV well but I'm in the UK so I'm all DVBT, DVBS(2) uk_rt etc...


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