[mythtv-users] Verizon Fios, any success stories?

Cram Rigby cram.rigby at gmail.com
Thu Jul 23 01:16:06 UTC 2009

Thought I'd chime in as well since I'm in the Boston area too.
Verizon FIOS has been flawless for me.  I'm running S-video out of the
cable box into a Hauppauge PVR-150 and QAM broadcast HD into a pcHDTV
HD-5500.  I use firewire for channel changing, but the last time I
tried firewire recording I had Comcast that didn't let anything
through.  I had no idea FIOS pushed out unencrypted channels over
firewire.  I'll have to try that.  Thanks for the info Jarod!

On Wed, Jul 22, 2009 at 5:33 PM, Jarod Wilson<jarod at wilsonet.com> wrote:
> On Jul 22, 2009, at 5:24 PM, Jeff wrote:
>> On Wed, Jul 22, 2009 at 5:12 PM, Jarod Wilson <jarod at wilsonet.com> wrote:
>> - The secondary route for recording HDTV content that isn't clear QAM is
>> over the FireWire port on my cable box. I get a pretty decent number of
>> channels off that w/o any 5c encryption.
>> Ooh, good to know...  ;-)  I may take the plunge soon then... I didn't
>> realize there was anything more than just the locals coming over the
>> firewire link without 5C encryption.
> A quick glance at mythweb for my firewire sourceid says I get SciFi (or
> whatever the eff they're calling it now), Discovery, National Geographic,
> History, CNN, TBS, Universal HD, HDNet, CSN NE, CNBC, The Weather Channel,
> the Science Channel, Smithsonian, Animal Planet, HD Theater, The Learning
> Channel, Lifetime, Food Network, HGTV, A&E, Bravo and the Home Shopping
> Network HD feeds off FireWire without encryption.
> Oh, and there was a free weekend of HBO and Showtime a few months back, and
> all HBO and Showtime variants came off the box without encryption too.
> The list of things that need to go through the HD PVR is mainly ESPN (all
> variants), NESN, USA and TNT (again, all HD).
>> (We're in the same area... ;-)  I'm ~25 miles West of Boston.)
> And so far as I can tell, Verizon pumps out pretty much the same thing all
> over MA, as evidenced by there being only one channel lineup at
> schedulesdirect.org for anywhere in MA, tagged as coming out of Burlington,
> which I believe is where their primary hub or whatever is for MA... So a
> good chance you'll get the same stuff I do off the FireWire port.
> --
> Jarod Wilson
> jarod at wilsonet.com
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