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04-01-2009 08:07 PM  10 years ago
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bkervaski

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U-Verse
While I'm not a big fan of AT&T, I must say U-Verse rocks! I have a 25mb/2mb internet connection now and IPTV+DVR in every room, cool. The installer was uncharacteristically knowledgeable and professional. Just thought I'd spread the word.
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04-01-2009 09:31 PM  10 years ago
derek533

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Yeah, I'm waiting for it to become available here. It's in our city but hasn't made it out to our neighborhood just yet.

Cox just seems to be slowly increasing their charges each month and my bills are never what they say they will be.
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04-02-2009 02:46 PM  10 years ago
midwestpilot

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do a speed check on you internet
my buddy signed up for that deal and only managed to get 10 mb speed.. he complained and lowered is cost to match what he was really getting.

http://www.speakeasy.net/speedtest/
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04-02-2009 10:09 PM  10 years ago
mdelzer

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Do the speed check particularly when you are trying to watch two HD programs in different rooms.Mark
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04-02-2009 11:26 PM  10 years ago
wargor

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U-verse
I had U-verse for two months and finally discontinued service for several reasons:

-they claim you can record up to 4 programs at once. Realize that you can only record two in high def out of the four.

-Even though it's HD, you only get it at 720p. For those of us who have 1080p, that just sucks

-You can watch TV in any room but realize that you can only record off of the main ox only. They told me that they are working on it and that they will have it by this summer. None of this they told me when I ordered it. They stated that they can't tell when the order is taken, only when the tech comes out to install it will they know.

-I was also told that they would work with my tivo box....guess what? Only when the tech came out did they tell me it wouldn't work.

-If you have tivo, you know that the box is always on. If you turn on your tv and something is on you can rewind back 30 minutes. Once you turn off your tv with u-verse the box goes off as well.

Those reasons were big enough for me to cancel and go back to comcast and Tivo. Yes, u-verse cost less but you also get less. If I could do direct tv I would be a happy camper again. Just my .02%
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04-03-2009 12:47 AM  10 years ago
mdelzer

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-Even though it's HD, you only get it at 720p. For those of us who have 1080p, that just sucks
No one has 1080P service as far as I'm aware and I do this for a living. You can get 1080i all day long, but that has been around since the start of HD. Other than that I couldn't agree more with everything you said about Uverse. Not to mention the user interface is TERRIBLE. DirecTV has the best picture quality and TiVo has the best user interface with DirecTV being a close second.
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04-03-2009 02:13 AM  10 years ago
GimbalFan (RIP)

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If I could do direct tv I would be a happy camper again.
What's keeping you from choosing DTV?
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04-03-2009 02:27 AM  10 years ago
wargor

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Can't do direct tv because association won't allow it. Yes, you are right about anyone broadcasting 1080p. I really wanted to say that the u-verse boxes won't display 1080p. Tv TiVo boxes display 1080p. The picture quality from AT&T and TiVo are like night and day.
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04-03-2009 02:32 AM  10 years ago
GimbalFan (RIP)

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Can't do direct tv because association won't allow it.
I thought so.

They're violating your rights, and they're probably lying about it in order to 'support' the CaTV & phone companies already prewired into your home.

There's been a federal telecom law on the books for at least 5 years now which essentially states that 'no HOA can deny placement of equipment necessary to receive a lawfully receivable TV signal, from any source'.

If you find the FCC link and forward it to your HOA's management company, you'll soon find yourself able to choose any satellite provider you like. They usually back down pretty quick when presented with proof.
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04-03-2009 03:29 AM  10 years ago
mdelzer

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GimbalFan beat me to it. He is correct, now the real question is since you are in Chicago are you in a uber highend development that is worried about seeing a dish or are you in an MDU? I've seen people pole mount a dish in the yard and then cover them with a large fake plastic rock.Mark
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04-03-2009 05:00 AM  10 years ago
Fastsrt

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bkervaski,

By the end of this year you should be able to add VOIP to your package and do away with your regular home line.
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04-03-2009 03:12 PM  10 years ago
bkervaski

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My sync rate is 25mb/2mb. I can download (from fast sites) at about 1700k/sec while recording an hdtv show and watching another hdtv show (first test I did).

It's 1080i, no 1080p. (DTV doesn't support 1080p either but all my AppleTV's do!)

I like it better than DTV (so far), we'll see how it goes.

I honestly did it for the internet bandwidth and of course I think the concept of IPTV is cool so I wanted to check it out first hand.

@faststr - they can keep their voip, I have my own http://ironvoice.com
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04-03-2009 03:51 PM  10 years ago
mdelzer

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It's 1080i, no 1080p. (DTV doesn't support 1080p either but all my AppleTV's do!)
What are you watching on AppleTV that is 1080P?
Mark
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04-03-2009 04:36 PM  10 years ago
bkervaski

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I watch a lot of stuff I download through itunes or p2p/torrent sources or convert from dvd/blueray and watch it on my AppleTV's throughout my house.

Oh, and I converted all of my hd-dvd stuff to mp4 when I trashed my hd-dvd player (thanks blueray ;p)

I don't know that my net quality on *everything* is 1080p I was just saying that the AppleTV supports setting it's output to 1080p and my TV's show 1080p so I suppose it's upscaling everything.
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04-03-2009 05:20 PM  10 years ago
mdelzer

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That makes more sense now, I was just curious what else you had found. The best source you can really get right now is Blu-Ray with the Vudu HDX format being an extremely close second to the point of almost indistinguishable to some viewers.Mark
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04-04-2009 12:00 AM  10 years ago
bkervaski

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Wow ... 2.1MB/sec (~2100K/sec) download.

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04-04-2009 12:24 AM  10 years ago
ckd

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04-04-2009 09:57 PM  10 years ago
mdelzer

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Let me clarify my statement than. There are no broadcast sources for 1080P content. DirecTV 1080P is only available as part of their onDemand feature which requires you to download the program over the internet to your box just like with AppleTV or Vudu.
In the onscreen program guide, you'll see a "1080pHD" logo next to titles available in 1080p. We currently offer select titles in 1080p in the DIRECTV on DEMAND library. Check back in the future as we continue to expand our 1080p library.
For shiggles I searched the current onDemand list for DirecTV and there was not a single offering at the moment in 1080P.
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