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Fibe Receiver updated ?.

Pretty sure one of my receivers flashed an update notice...top of screen.
Anyone notice this ? Or seen release notes ?
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fibe tv- additional receiver or Fire Stick ?

hi, thinking of switching from Videotron to Bell. Told by Bell salesman that for my second TV i could buy a fire stick instead of leasing a second terminal/receiver.

My questions are:
will I loose any quality in using firestick ? ( the home hub3000 will be on a seprate floor of the house)
will I loose any functionalities ..?

also was told that I could watch TV outside of canada usibng app ( which I have a hard time believing). anyone successful watch bell tv in mexico ?

last question: i already have a chromecast. any difference with firestick aside from the remote ?

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Told by Bell salesman that...
A lot of Bell sales people are not Bell employees. They are hired by an independent company and use an outdated Bell brand name to identify themselves. My experience with these salespeople is that they are sometimes less than reputable. Double check anything they say down to the last detail. That includes actual products. I've had "Bell" salespeople misrepresent DSL and satellite TV as Fibe products and exaggerate available internet speeds by up to 20 times what is actually available. Also check prices. My experience is that the prices given are no better or may be higher than those available directly from Bell. Check the Bell web site for offers. There is also information there on what services and programming are available on third party devices. The Apple TV 4K seems to be the product that is best supported by Bell. It's pricey but probably worth it.

You should have the option to cancel door to door contracts withing a specified time. If the service does not meet expectations, I believe you also have the option of cancelling any Bell service within two weeks of installation without penalty.
 

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hi, thinking of switching from Videotron to Bell. Told by Bell salesman that for my second TV i could buy a fire stick instead of leasing a second terminal/receiver.

My questions are:
will I loose any quality in using firestick ? ( the home hub3000 will be on a seprate floor of the house)
will I loose any functionalities ..?

also was told that I could watch TV outside of canada usibng app ( which I have a hard time believing). anyone successful watch bell tv in mexico ?

last question: i already have a chromecast. any difference with firestick aside from the remote ?

thanks
There are several threads here confirming what the Bell rep said.

You can stream a copy of a program that you're recorded on your PVR to a mobile device anywhere in the world. You can't watch On Demand or Live programs outside Canada.
See thread: https://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/188-bell-fibe-tv/239154-bell-fibe-tv-app-6.html#post2999761

Devices like Fire Stick, Chromecast and Apple TV are streaming devices and require an unlimited internet account. Bell must also obtain a separate in-home streaming licence from each channel owner, which currently covers about 500 channels.

Fibe TV boxes allow you to use the Restart feature to play a show from the beginning if you just tuned to the channel or go back up to 30 hours in the guide to play a recent show. They can pause and rewind live TV or play a show as it's being recorded by interacting with the whole home PVR. Streaming devices don't have those capabilities. Streaming devices must wait until a recording is completed and is uploaded to the server before they can watch it.

Fibe TV boxes use a separate IPTV protocol and aren't carried over the public internet, so they tend to be more reliable and consistent. You can take a look at the Fibe app threads in this section to see people's experiences with streaming.
 

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will I loose any quality in using firestick ?
That depends on the model. They all do HD. Some do 4K. There won't be a lot of 4K material and a lot of TVs are not 4K either so choose the model best suited for your TV. The 4K model is on sale right now. It might be worth getting that to provide some future proofing and to take advantage of the newer 4K chip which might look better on a good non-4K HDTV.
 

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DrDave, are you saying with a fire stick on my second TV, I wont be able to watch my subscribed channels live while at home ?
 

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Bell Fibe question

So it seems that Bell will be installing Fibe soon in my neighbourhood. Having never seen or used any of the cabling required, what I would like to know is what needs to be done inside my house if I should choose to go with Fibe?

I assume all of the existing RG6 cable running though the house will not be used? If this is the case then I my have a problem. All except a small area of my basement level is finished. So running any new cable for Fibe will not be easy nor pretty either.

Would they need to excavate outside to get the cable from the "new" box up to my foundation wall?

Any info appreciated, thanks.
 

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Bell Fibe can mean anything really... Bell Fibre to the Home, or Bell Fibre to the Node. I have Bell Fibe and its FTTN so it uses my existing copper phone wires to my modem. but if u have FTTH i don't know ask someone who already has it installed to find out a more precise answer
 

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I believe they will be bringing the Fibe cabling up to the homes in the area. We have received notices for upcoming construction and locations of "ground level boxes".
 

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If cabling is used, it will be ethernet CAT5/6. Existing telephone wiring can be used for telephone. Any existing ethernet cabling can be reused. Wifi can be used where it's not easy to run ethernet cable. If there are any dead wifi zones, Bell can supply mesh nodes to extend the network. It's possible to use existing RG6 coax for ethernet but the adapters are fairly expensive.

Bell typically buries cabling about 6" outside to the home so no extensive excavation is required. Getting the cable into the house is no different than coax cable or a phone line. They may the existing holes. Don't let them remove the cable company's coax entering the house.
 

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Interesting....What would be required to use the existing RG6 cable? I assume these adapters would be required on both ends of the RG6 cabling?
 

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So running any new cable for Fibe will not be easy nor pretty either.
Depending on the installation, it might be possible to use the old cable to pull in the new.
 

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what would the rg6 coax be used for? for running an internet line from your modem to a pc? if so, with all the costs of media converters its probably a better idea and makes more financial sense to run a new ethernet wire instead. ethernet is really only used for connecting hardwired computer devices, if you happen to have Bell Fibe "TV" then the receivers are wireless or the tech may run their own ethernet wire because re-using an existing wire may add problems down the road especially when ethernet to coax converters or power line ethernet devices are used they can fail and cause problems which can complicate the troubleshooting, so its advised to just run new ethernet wires or use the wireless tv boxes or if u can run wireless to your laptops and stuff go for it
 

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What would be required to use the existing RG6 cable?
They are widely available. Do a search for "ethernet over coax converter." The ones that support MoCA 2.0 are the best bet. A good unit that supports 1Gb speeds will cost $100+ per end. Others may be cheaper but significantly slower.

If the distance is not too great, a couple of good AC routers that support mesh would be more versatile and will provide decent speeds. A second AC router configured in bridge or repeater mode may also be adequate. In bridge mode, the PC would be plugged into the router's LAN port and get the full available speed of the router. The router would also act as a wifi extender.
 

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@giovanni Bell uses wireless TV boxes for new installations. The Home Hub 3000 router uses a separate Wi-Fi radio to communicate with the TV boxes so it doesn't interfere with you internet Wi-Fi traffic.
 

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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.

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The issue is that some people like some devices wired. A file server or workstation might need full 1Gb speed to operate efficiently, especially with 1Gb internet. Wifi, especially the way most ISPs install it, may deliver insufficient speeds to perform large backups or for working from home. Most mesh hubs, as supplied by Bell, are designed to provide maximum coverage, not maximum speed. While they are usually adequate for portable devices and video they may be too slow or cause unacceptable wifi network congestion for other uses.
 

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Yes, you are correct. I would like to have a hard connection to an android box where my tv is right now. So just trying to see what I can do if I choose to go with Fibe when available.
 

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Hi there,
I decided to quit Bell for a better and less expensive offer from another provider. I canceled my Fibe TV subscription, but my VIP2262 VPR box is mine (purchased from Bell) and I still have a few recordings on it which I'd like to watch.
I connected (HDMI) the PVR to the TV, and I see "Bell Fibe" on the screen. But I cannot get to "Menu", neither from my remote, nor from the "Menu" button on the box.
Can somebody please help? And sorry if I'm posting on the wrong site. It's the first time I'm posting and didn't know better.
 
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