Comcast banished

saynotocomcast.gifSo our household is officially Comcast-free!

We’ve taken the leap and switched to Verizon FIOS for both our TV and Internet. Up until now, I had been waiting for FIOS TV to become available in Limerick township, and it was as of the beginning of this month.

The technician was here about five hours on Friday installing all of the FIOS equipment. Despite some of the horror stories I’ve heard about the installers, this guy knew what he was doing.

The only hiccup we ran into was where to install the battery backup for the ONT box. In case you haven’t been to our house, the previous owner had drywalled the part of the basement at the front of the house where all of the cables come in so there’s no way to know what’s back there. The ONT box that is installed outside requires a battery backup to be installed inside and plugged into an outlet to charge. But the dude figured it out and ran the power cable all the way across the ceiling in the basement to the other end of the house and installed the battery backup at the back of the house.

We also have the Motorola QIP6416, the dual-tuner HD DVR from Verizon. This will replace the two TiVo Series 2 units as our primary DVR. We’ll probably keep one TiVo hooked up (one has a lifetime subscription on it) so that we can still use TiVoToComeBack (TTCB) in conjunction with pyTivo to transfer shows from my computer to the TiVo.

I gotta say, the TV service is superb, and I’m getting a heck of a lot more channels for less money than we were with cable.

Jury’s still out on the Internet service, everything still works, but I’m curious how the max speeds compare to cable.

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