I have been a VDSL subscriber for seven months, when I moved into my condo unit, a brand-new highrise ion downtoiwn Toronto. I am only now learning about the service's severe deficiencies (thanks to forums like these, certainly NOT from the BEV website). Nowhere in the BEV For Condos (aka VDSL) webpages do you learn that this service will not provide a high definition signal and that you only get mono sound through coaxial connections (i.e., the two secondary TV locations). While the UHF remotes generally work OK, they do not transmit well through cement walls, which are common in most condo buildings and thus this almost certainly presents a problem for many secondary TV locations.
In my case my "set-top box" (the BEV/Sympatico combo unit) is installed in my front-hall closet, on the top shelf next to my condo unit's telecom entrance (i.e., Bell telephone lines and cable TV entrance if I was using Rogers). I researched my TV options before I moved in, decided on BEV because I liked my BEV satellite servuice at the cottage. I even had an electrical outlet installed next to the telecom entrance, in anticipation of needing to plug in the BEV set-top box/internet modem. I had ethernet cable pre-installed through conduits throught the unit, all of which originate at the telecom entrance. (The BEV/Sympatico box connects to a router and thence to the ethernet.)
It all works fine EXCEPT for the crappy TV signal.
If the signal was HD, I suppose I could live with it by relocating my set-top box next to my main TV and use direct (triple wire) connections rather than coax cable. I could then route the TV signal to the other TVs via the existing coax network. But what about the internet connection? I suppose I could reconfigure my ethernet cables to originate at my main TV location, but this is much more easier said than done.
But since VDSL and HD seem to be incomatible concepts and there appears to be no hope whatsoeer that they will solve this huge problem, I am now looking at switching my TV service to Rogers. I can live with non-digital signal for my second TV, so I onlky need one set-top box from Rogers. Unless I want an additional box to provide digital music to my stereo system, which is located nowhere near my main TV (for good reason!) At present I enjoy BEV's Galaxie music channels, which are received via a TV tuner (actually an old VCR). Rogers "apparently" has a lineup of 40 music channels as well, but good luck finding useful information about these on their website. Yes, their "Channel Listing" page has a Music section, but this listing appears to include video music channels like Much Music and I have no idea what is pure audio channel and what is actually a music video channel! I'll have to find out more by braving Rogers' telephone help line.
I'll stick with Bell Sympatico for my internet service, only because I can't stand the thought of changing email addresses and all that -- in any event, I am satisfied with Sympatico and have been for many years. The only difference is I'll then have a dedicated Sympatico modem hooked up to my router.
Any thoughts out there on all this, and does anyone have any new information as to Bell getting their act together anytime soon about VDSL's HD and stereo sound problems?