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Im thinking of ditching bell tv after 5 years. Love the service, prices are good but sick of satellite tv losing signal in bad storms. The new Fibe tv service is available in my area.I currently have the fibe25 internet. Ive read that its a max of 4 set top box's. My question is i have 5 tvs. I want to change to fibe tv and i obviously want to watch my 5 tv's so i need 5 set tops. The most set top box's that will ever be on at once is 4 ( 3 sd and 1 hd). Now is it possible to get a 5 box install in this case? the 5 tvs will NEVER all be used at once. Unfortunately this is a deal breaker for me.. I need the 5 tvs or ill have to either settle for bell tv or make the swap back to robbers. I'd call be all ask but i already know ill call 5 times n get 5 different answers so i always come here first :cool:

Thanks in advanced folks.
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Perhaps people can answer a few questions for me.

I presently have Fibe Internet that uses the 2Wire 2701HG modem.

The modem feeds two rooms with Cat5 cable.

Room 1 uses two Cat5 cables from the modem to feed a computer and a Satellite PVR (I use the Remote PVR feature).

Room 2 uses one Cat5 cable feeding a standard NetGear router that feeds a computer, a Satellite PVR (I use the Remote PVR feature), a BluRay player and an LED HDTV.

#1. Would Fibe TV require a new modem? I own the 2Wire modem and it would be nice to not have to purchase a new one for Fibe TV.

#2. Am I correct in assuming no further wiring would be required to add Fibe TV (other than swapping out the two Satellite PVR's and replacing them with a Fibe PVR and a Fibe receiver)?

#3. What is the cost of a Fibe PVR and a Fibe receiver (not interested in renting).

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Thanks for the reply.

Since the Cat5e cable is already installed, working and connected to the satellite PVR's, I would go that route.

The free PVR is appealing, but I guess I would then have to pay for a new modem and new HD receiver. I suppose the modem is in the $100 range?
So about $200 to change from Bell Satellite to Bell Fibe TV in my case.

How do they resolve the issue of download limits with Fibe TV. My Fibe Internet has a 15GB limit. Does the Fibe TV have download limits?
That's good news about the modem.

Is there no limit on the Fibe TV then? For example, if you left your TV's on 24/7, would you exceed some arbitrary limit they've set, or is it limitless with regard to the television, and you still have you 15GB limit on the internet?
I don't think I would really care if I was given the PVR for free after a certain amount of time. My experience is that most devices become obsolete very quickly, so if I left Bell and they wanted their PVR back - that's fine as long as I've never been charged rent for it.
[edit] one thing I didn't realize is that the 4K PVR is always sending a signal to the TV, even after hitting the power button on the remote. Instead of displaying whatever program you were watching, it switches over to a rotating series of banner/splash screens.
I believe all the FIBE units have always done this. My regular HD PVR and wireless receiver do it.
I'm confused. With respect to outside, don't they run the new fiber the same route as the old copper runs?
1) how will Fibre cable be installed (it can reach my house), and come into my basement (where currently I have one cable). I want the pvr here and also the modem as all my entertainment equipment is set up here.
2) My second tv is on the 2nd floor. Do I need another HD PVR? and how does the fibe signal get to this TV or HD PVR without running a any cable or wire?
1)The fiber will enter your basement at the demarcation point. It will then plug into the Bell modem that will be installed at that location. Older systems ran an ethernet cable to the PVR somewhere in your home near a TV, but today, the PVR is wireless, and as such, doesn't require a cable to connect it. The other TV's in your home each get a small receiver that is (an always has been) wireless.

2)No, you only need one PVR in your home. All the small receivers that connect to TV's through your home access that one PVR.

Just so you know, not quite true, the other receivers have NOT always been wireless.

Yeah, my PVR is still wired, I don't have the newer wireless one, but my second TV has the wireless receiver.

The new wireless PVR must make it incredibly easier for the installers. No cables to run. Just come in the house, plug stuff in, and leave. Heck, they could just send the equipment to the home owner to self install.

Thanks for all the replies. My second tv is really old (2003 sony plasma) and does not have hdmi input, only dvi and the 3 rgb cables. Would it be a problem with the wireless receiver?
No problem. The wireless receiver still has component video and composite video/audio outputs on it in addition to the HDMI.

jacjames said:
Just for a start...... Fibe TV requires a modem upgrade.....Bell 3000.
Bell 3000? Heck, I have FIBE TV on the Bell 2000 predecessor, the VIP2502, and all is good. Why would he need a 3000?

Yeah, it's all wireless, no need to use coax or anything really.

My son just had FIBE FTTN installed (even though they have just finished the FTTP in the neighborhood, Bell wasn't quite ready to connect to the houses yet). But matters not, wether it's FTTN or FTTP, it's all wireless.

In my son's house they just plugged the 3000 modem into a phone line at the demarcation point and then the PVR is wireless and the other receivers are wireless. They also plugged in a bunch of those repeaters into the wall on each floor to ensure wi-fi coverage.

At no time during my conversation with the sales representative or the installation technician did they ever mention to me there were 2 modem options, the technician came with the 3000 and that was it.
Last August Bell finished installing fiber in my neighborhood to the home (eastern ontario), and I requested to have it installed as I wanted the higher speed it offered. They replaced my 3000 modem with the 4000 modem at that time without my asking. Perhaps the 4000 is reserved for fiber optic installations?
I've owned the Bell VIP2502 receiver for at least a decade and it has been flawless, and I have to admit I don't read too many complaints on this forum about it, so maybe you just has a dud.
If I upgrade FTTN to FTTH, will they make me upgrade to the cloud PVR as well? We regularly record some exercise videos that we want to keep for more than a year.
I can't imagine they would do that. There's no real change that would affect TV.
When I had mine done, they just changed the modem and then removed the copper line and plugged in the fiber line.

Bell's tactic never seems to be forcing people to change something, they just keep increasing the price until the customer asks for the change.

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