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Bell Aliant today announced that it has begun the launch of its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network in the Greater Moncton Area.

Customers in the City of Dieppe can order FibreOP services now with the Town of Riverview and the City of Moncton to follow this fall.

Once the FTTH network becomes available in all parts of Moncton, Bell says customers will be able to sign up for premium Internet service with download speeds of up to 70 Mbps and upload speeds of 15 Mbps. The FibreOP Internet Protocol Television service (IPTV) will offer over 300 digital channels, including over 98 music channels and 60 HD channels.
 

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Apparently they started rolling out in Riverview now but Moncton is still waiting. I wonder why the most populous city has to wait until last?
 

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From a business perspective it makes sense to roll it out in a smaller area, work out any issues and then roll out to bigger areas.
 

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I figured it would be launching in the Greater Moncton/Dieppe area soon, as my HD package here in saint john had about 5 french HD channels added in the middle of august...these are not listed on the Bell Aliant website yet and the only theme pack I subscribe to is the Knowlege HD.
 

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My install date in next week. Looking forward to it, even if the TV offerings are a little less than what I have now with BEV. For example, time shifting to the west feeds is extra, the NL channel NTV is not included in the basic package, etc. I still can't get a straight answer from the CSR's about Family channel - are both East and West feeds included?

But other than some minor irritations, the internet will be more than worth it for someone like me who downloads a huge amount of TV anyway.
 

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There are no west feeds for any of the specialty channels just the main networks. The big reduction between FibreOp and BEV is the regional stations, you're only going to get local, Eastern and Pacific feeds for Canadian channels and with the option of a dual tuner PVR for only $5 you can record 2 channels at the same time as watching another recorded show, so the only thing you're ultimately losing is the regional news coverage.
 

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By not having west feeds of the specialty channels, like Family, Teletoon, etc that is a fairly big discrepancy for a household with small kids.

My kids enjoy watching them before bed when the west feeds have more of the programming they like at that time. I think to be competitive, Aliant may have to revisit this in the future.
 

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I'm in the same boat but the PVR solves this problem too, the kids can watch the shows you've recorded when it's their TV time we record a couple of shows in the middle of the day or at night in the eastern zone and they're ready for the kids to watch them on our schedule.

I think instead of adding western feeds Aliant needs to focus on rolling out mediaroom which gives us more control of where and when we watch TV as well as adding other channels we don't yet have. We're now seeing issues with BEV having space issues because of all the locals and alternate feeds they offer. They are a national broadcaster BellAliant isn't and doesn't need to waste that space.
 

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Using the phrase 'wasting space' in reference to the TV solution Bell Aliant has deployed is sort of meaningless... due to the architecture only the channels you are actively viewing are using bandwidth so unlike the cable companies (although some can argue switched video is similar) and satellite companies it is perfectly fine for Bell Aliant to keep adding channels, provided the equipment itself has the capacity versus the medium for transmission.

I do agree that Microsoft Mediaroom is where they need to go next though to bring themselves into the modern age. That and more HD channels.
 

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Picture Quality an issue?

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I was wondering if anyone finds the picture quality on Fibre-op hdtv to be poor. I switched from Bell Satellite where the image was crisp and clear - on regular tv shows and sports. The picture I have now is much poorer. The sports are ok if you have a camera that shows action from afar. But if they do a closeup of a play or replay, the picture is very fuzzy- like it is standard definition. In all cases, it seems like it can't keep up to the action.

When watching network TV there are very fuzzy images around the outline of objects.

Also, the standard definition channels are almost unwatchable.

I have tried all settings I know of on the TV itself with no luck. Does anyone have any ideas?

The tech guy who set it up used the existing HDMI cable and coax cable to the TV. Don't know if this affected it.

FYI - If anyone in the house uses a peer-to-peer internet site to download videos or movies, it causes huge problems with the tv signal as the computer is downloading the programs. I found if the download is stopped, the quality improves.
 

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I switched from Starchoice and have been very impressed with the picture quality. I have also had torrents going at at 25 mbs and have not observed any picture problems.

My settop box is connected to the gateway by ethernet cable, and my connection to the tv is via HDMI.

It sounds to me like something is wrong with your installation.
 

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macdondo said:
Hi:

I was wondering if anyone finds the picture quality on Fibre-op hdtv to be poor. I switched from Bell Satellite where the image was crisp and clear - on regular tv shows and sports. The picture I have now is much poorer. The sports are ok if you have a camera that shows action from afar. But if they do a closeup of a play or replay, the picture is very fuzzy- like it is standard definition. In all cases, it seems like it can't keep up to the action.

When watching network TV there are very fuzzy images around the outline of objects.

Also, the standard definition channels are almost unwatchable.

I have tried all settings I know of on the TV itself with no luck. Does anyone have any ideas?

The tech guy who set it up used the existing HDMI cable and coax cable to the TV. Don't know if this affected it.

FYI - If anyone in the house uses a peer-to-peer internet site to download videos or movies, it causes huge problems with the tv signal as the computer is downloading the programs. I found if the download is stopped, the quality improves.
My fibre op performance is nothing like this.

In my case gaming or torrent downloads have no impact on picture quality. My picture quality is the same as I had previously using an Expressvu 9200 over component or HDMI (sometimes great, sometimes a bit soft).
 

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I made the same switch from BellSatellite to FibreOp and it's really day and night. My installer replaced all the cables I had from the outlets to the TVs. picture quality is superb and even with 2 active internet connections and a download running on both PVRs it's still beyond that of what I was getting via the dish.
 

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so is it safe to say they are using different hd feeds than the satellite? The reported poor hd quality has been the big hang up in switching for me.
 
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