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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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It looks like the change in the rental plan went into effect Jan. 27. It's now much cheaper to buy the PVR if you're not eligible for the free rental. Here's a post in the satellite thread with the details.
Sorry for my last post causing confusion - I clarified it. Free rental is still the best deal if you're eligible for it.
cptcarter, Fibe 15 is your actual internet speed. The line will be provisioned as fast as it can go and TV streams are given priority. Any bandwidth left over is available for internet and that bandwidth is capped based on your plan (15 Mbps in your case). The lines are fast enough to carry TV and still provide 15 Mbps internet at the same time.

Here's the thread discussing third-party internet:

FibeTV without Internet Add-on? Now Possible
ncancun, you sister may be able to have her line upgraded if they have overhead lines in the area. Replacing copper lines isn't practical for underground cables.
1.) Picture in Picture
2.) Expand recording capacity by connecting external hard drives? Heard new receiver has 100 hour capacity.
3.) Is new receiver able to play my shows I have archived onto hard drives recorded using the 9242 receiver
4.) Currently one of my existing receivers is connected to a computer that uses Windows Media Player. Can new receiver be used in his scenario
5.) if I install new receiver can my current 9242 receiver still be used to play archived shows. Basically using 9242 as a player only.
Bugzzie, just a few clarifications:

1) Fibe TV doesn't have full-time Picture in Picture like satellite. It does allow you to "peek" at another channel for about 10 seconds. See page 6 of the User guide PDF.

Fibe TV also has a transparent guide which allows you to watch the current channel in the background while you can see a PIP for the highlighted channel in the guide.

Other providers that use the Mediaroom platform have implemented an advanced PIP, but Bell has not.

4) Your question doesn't make sense. If you mean Windows Media Center, the answer is yes. You can use a STB to watch a live channel or a previously recorded program from the whole-home PVR.

5) The 9242 receiver will be completely separate from the Fibe system. You may be able to play archived shows after you cancel your satellite subscription. You should ask in the satellite forum, but the following post indicates it should be possible.
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Can't you give your 30 days notice to Rogers and schedule your Fibe install for 30 days from now? I usually allow a couple of days overlap when switching providers, just in case there's a glitch. Even if yoy take the June 18 installation, it's only about a week overlap.
Mediaroom uses channel 3 or 4. There are 2 coax connectors on a Fibe STB - one for TV-out and one for HPNA coax networking. It's possible you had the coax connected to the coax network jack if the STB was connected to the network with Cat5.

My Fibe TV is showing a snowy, blue or black screen

Several factors may affect your ability to watch Fibe TV. We recommend that you check the following before you begin troubleshooting:
  • Verify that your Fibe TV receiver is properly connected to your TV.
  • Make sure your TV is on channel 3 or 4
  • Ensure your TV is set to the correct input
If the input was coax, then my theory about the wrong coax jack doesn't work. For future reference, I think there is something under SETTINGS that allows you to select the RF channel output.

It sounds like you needed the RF-Modulator to take care of the DVD playback anyway, so you probably ended up with the best solution. Composite from the Fibe box to the VCR will give them a slightly better signal for recording than coax. (But you don't need me to tell you that. ;) )
bev fan, call Bell with the serial number before you buy it to verify that it's not a rental unit or stolen. They should also tell you if the owner has to notify them that the box has been sold, so Bell can activate it on your account.
aleksh, I set up a small LCD TV in the corner of the kitchen counter for a relative and put the STB on it's end flush with the front of the TV. It looks OK and doesn't take any extra room. They really like being able to play their recorded shows when they're working in the kitchen.

In your case the STB could just plug into the existing cable or they could use a wireless STB.
bbqguy, the programs on the Satellite external drive are encrypted and locked to that hardware, so they are not playable elsewhere. I think you can play them back if you leave your hardware connected to the dish, even if you don't have a Bell Satellite subscription.

The Fibe TV hardware doesn't support external drives and doesn't play any external content. Bell says the PVRs have a capacity of up to 100 hours of HD programs.
According to the Bell Support Page, you may have to hold down the power button for up to 15 minutes for the more obscure codes.
Obviously Panasonic TVs aren't obscure, but I thought rare models like your 23-year old TV might be at the end of the list.
aleksh, the Motorola VIP 1232 HDPVR is 12"W x 11"D x 2.75"H.

I've merged your post into this sticky thread which had the answer.
I've never heard of Bell allowing more than 3 HD and 1 SD, even with FTTH where bandwidth isn't an issue.

Personally, I schedule recordings for everything I want to watch and hardly ever channel-surf. When I want to watch something, I just pick a previously recorded program.

If you have conflicts with live viewing, you can usually schedule specialty channel programs for off-peak times since they usually repeat. If that's still not enough, you can schedule your network TV recordings on the timeshift channels.

All the boxes have component, HDMI, composite video, optical audio and stereo analog audio outputs, with everything active. Some of the older boxes also have a second pair of analog audio jacks and a coax output.

The remote is infrared.

I'm not in Bell Territory, so I can't answer the weather channel question. There may be a local feed for the SD channel and the HD channel may be a national feed.
rakafoin, your question was already answered twice in this thread:

TMN does not transmit any content in 1080p. The only content you can rent in 1080p are certain on-demand programs.

Since you are posting from New Brunswick, your area would be serviced by Bell Aliant FibreOP, which also provides some on-demand rentals in Super HD. Here is a thread in that forum that discusses the subject:
upsdriver, shomi is only available on Rogers and Shaw during the beta test period. Rogers is including it for free for Hybrid 60 internet customers until March 31, after which they will pay the regular price. Here is the thread to discuss the service:

Rogers and Shaw Launching SHOMI streaming video

Bell has officially announced their own service (Project Latte) which isn't available yet:

Bell Media Launches "Project Latte" Streaming Service
I think you mean download speed - from the node to you. The distance from the node to your house is the determining factor, but be aware that the wire may not travel in a straight line. The actual distance may not be obvious, especially if you have buried cable.
m carton, Fibe TV is all-digital, so your DVD can only record the output of your Fibe set-top-box. Here's a FAQ on the subject:

FAQ - How to Connect a VCR, or DVD Recorder and STB
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