Hello everyone, sorry for the delay
So it went pretty much as planned, they called 20 minutes before from the CO I guess and cut my tel/dsl connection. the CO is about 150 feet from my house ! They showed up 2 guys, 2 trucks. Bell Techs not sub-contractor.
Installation went smoothly, replaced telephone boxes with new ones all around and installed a telephone/vdsl splitter box where the main line comes in from outside. Installed coax all over, decent job but didn't clean up well after.
Now on to the service itself.
So far so good, only got pixelisation issue twice for about 3 seconds (on the same channel) since Saturday. Other than that had to reset the modem once cause everything (TV/internet) froze. Since that freezing issue Sunday morning...smooth sailing. HD picture quality is good, probably better than Expressvu, my buddy said it looks like Blu-Ray but I wouldnt go that far. SD channels do seem a little worse than satellite, but not enough to make me switch back. No HDMI audio issues, plugged straight into my Pioneer Kuro 5020.
The menu and guide is definitely and improvement visually...I just find annoying that you can't scan quickly by holding the up/down button in the guide and in the VOD menu, it scans but nowhere near as fast as on expressvu. Speaking of VOD, the choice of free programming is quite limited, other than movies (lame free ones) pretty much only HBO offers a limited library of titles, e.g. True Blood, only season 3...The new release movies are expensive 6.99 and the 18+ are ridiculously priced 14.99 ! come on !
Overall I like it. I'm not blown away though but it is an upgrade on Expressvu, albeit a small one. Hopefully they will expand the on-demand offerings (Free shows for the channels I already pay for !) and it will really pay off then. Funny story as they are finishing up and I'm watching the TV, my dad calls me to say his Expressvu cut out due to the rain. Ha !!
Sidenote: Interactive TV not working yet, the tech said coming soon and will be amazing, like ordering food from St-Hubert and stuff from the TV !
Internet is blazingly fast though, I had subscribed to Fibe 7 when I called in as they told me only thing available. On my bell.ca profile it says Fibe 16 so I'm not sure what I have but when watching TV HD on the main screen and recording another HD stream I get a consistent 15mbps. Pages load almost instantly and a 1080p quicktime HD trailer loaded in like 20-30 seconds.
Let me know if you would like me try stuff for you or if you have any questions. Cheers