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Verizon Announces FiOS Media Server
Up to a Terabyte of Video Storage for the Home
by Karl Bode 08:31AM Tuesday Jan 08 2013
Confirming rumors we explored back in September, Verizon has announced a lineup of new FiOS media servers created by Motorola. According to the company press release, the Motorola Medios+ VMS1100 media server can connect up to five Medios+ IPC1100 IP-based set-tops in a home, allowing FiOS users to record up to six shows at once on its terabyte hard drive, then view them on any of the connected set tops -- or tablets, Xbox 360s or other devices in the home. The device is expected to be available in early 2013. The video below offers interested users more detail:

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BosstonesOwn

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Really ?

1 Terabyte ? That is it ? What is this 2010 ?

My Tive has a 3 TB Drive plus a 1 TB Extender at this point. Good HD Quality is almost 6 gigs for 30 minutes on my Tivo.

They really need to up the storage.
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zippoboy7

join:2006-06-18
USA

Re: Really ?

Yea 1TB is a joke on this thing, I have 8TB in my media center PC with 6 tuners and even that is not enough at times, I do not know what they were thinking with that little space. I also find it funny that I cant find any information on the Medios+ IPC1100 STB anywhere online, It really has me wondering what they are hiding.

Chris 313
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said by BosstonesOwn:

1 Terabyte ? That is it ? What is this 2010 ?

My Tive has a 3 TB Drive plus a 1 TB Extender at this point. Good HD Quality is almost 6 gigs for 30 minutes on my Tivo.

They really need to up the storage.

I agree. When you get a 1TB drive, it isn't really 1TB for use. They need to up the storage to compete or allow external HDs to add on.

nycdave
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Re: Really ?

The VMS has an eSATA port, just like all the recent DVR's.

MovieLover76

join:2009-09-11
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Honestly, I don't even need more than my existing DVR has, I would be excited to be able to record 5 shows and pause tv in rooms without a dvr.

Wonder how the pricing will be, most dvr's have eSata ports so I imagine for people who really need more than 1 tb they'll have the option.

Remember the point of a dvr really isn't to keep everything forever, it's more of a watch and then delete device.

prettynice

@franklinmint.com

Pretty nice feature

I like how you can pause tv in any room, with our current FIOS multi room DVR you can only pause the TV in the room that has the DVR.
Timothy28

join:2006-05-13
Lewisville, TX

Re: Pretty nice feature

said by prettynice :

I like how you can pause tv in any room, with our current FIOS multi room DVR you can only pause the TV in the room that has the DVR.

Yeah, had that feature with U-verse and it was really great. I will be very glad to have that feature once again.

NotTheMama
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join:2012-12-06

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1TB is fine...

presuming you actually want to watch what you've recorded within a reasonable amount of time (and then mark it for deletion as opposed to trying to maintain an archive of everything you've ever recorded/watched--but who does that...).
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MovieLover76

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Re: 1TB is fine...

agreed, I think their is too many pack-rats in this forum

CrzyCrakr
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Edgewater, MD

Comcrap

Dang it...I am really hating that I moved out of a FIOS deployed area. Stupid Comcast with there 1980 DVR UI. Blah!
old_wiz_60

join:2005-06-03
Bedford, MA

Cost?

You can be sure Verizon will charge a LOT for the boxes and put all kinds of restrictions on them.

bohratom
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join:2011-07-07
Red Bank NJ

Good competition for Dish and Directv...

Most of the comments have been negative but I think its great that Verizon will have a media server to compete against the Dish Hopper and Directv Genie. Probably will be awhile till current users can get our hands on them (my guess like Dish and Directv both target new users for theirs) but at least we will be able to record upto 6 shows down the road.
mattmac

join:2011-03-27
West Palm Beach, FL

Re: Good competition for Dish and Directv...

Direct tv wants $300 up front to get the new dvr and it will extend your contract . HD 10 more a mo.
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80% of our customers

"still consider the TV as their top device for viewing video content..."

LOL - kinda stupid to base your 2013 business plan on an old survey.

MovieLover76

join:2009-09-11
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Re: 80% of our customers

It plainly states tablet and other device support, I don't understand what your beef is. That's just a statistic.

jdjr

@verizon.net

Cisco Boxes

I wonder if it will be compatible with Fios homes that have Cisco boxes. If not, will Fios swap out all Cisco boxes for motorola ones?
I also wonder if this new system will count as one STB, or 5.
I know fios has a limit on the STB's you can have in your home.
bafooya

join:2013-01-25
Beaumont, CA

Re: Cisco Boxes

said by jdjr :

I wonder if it will be compatible with Fios homes that have Cisco boxes. If not, will Fios swap out all Cisco boxes for motorola ones?
I also wonder if this new system will count as one STB, or 5.
I know fios has a limit on the STB's you can have in your home.

Not sure how there gonna handle the Cisco issue, as of now, I haven't seen both Motorola and Cisco in the same area...

It will have 5 seperate STB rental fees, one for the main server and one for each IP client. Pricing not available yet...

There is curently no limit on the amount of STBs connected in the home, just a very technical way to install multiple nodes.

The new VMS (Video Media Server) system is designed to co-op with exsisting STBs (non-VMS) and the capability to add additional servers if more than 4 IP clients are needed.

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Fios Multi-Room DVR

I dont have an issue with my current Fios multi-room DVR except it is waaaaay too slow on the other boxes.

It takes forever to respond.

With the exception of the main unit, its frustrating to the point of almost being unusable.
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bafooya

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Beaumont, CA

Re: Fios Multi-Room DVR

said by Fountainhead:

I dont have an issue with my current Fios multi-room DVR except it is waaaaay too slow on the other boxes.

It takes forever to respond.

With the exception of the main unit, its frustrating to the point of almost being unusable.

Your "other" boxes are most likely less than 7000 series boxes (2500, 6200, or 6216). Try upgrading them to either a 7100, 7100p2, 7216, or a 7232. They all have more memory for the current guide image, and the seem to respond more quickly with navigation.
tmc8080

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4TB

Yeah, 4tb would be better.. afterall customers have been thrown nothing but price increases.. as of late..

IMO, 100/100mbit tier would be better for $70 a month than having local cloud storage;; this is the milestone Verizon needs to meet so that cableco's don't have any rest on offering not offering something closer to symmetrical speeds.

Verizon STILL advertises a 15 megabit tier.. even though real world speeds make it higher and charge more for it.. 15 megabit speeds have been around for a DECADE in some cablecos.. 15 megabits upload have been around for nearly that long as well..
bafooya

join:2013-01-25
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Re: 4TB

said by tmc8080:

IMO, 100/100mbit tier would be better for $70 a month than having local cloud storage;; this is the milestone Verizon needs to meet so that cableco's don't have any rest on offering not offering something closer to symmetrical speeds.

They offer up to 300Mbps dwnld now... on a Gigabit Fiber Over Ethernet line to your house.

You need more than that?
SilentMan

join:2002-07-15
New York, NY

Yeah, but....

What is there worth watching or even recording?
BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH

Cool for the average user

But the tech saavy users are already running 4-8 tuners on MCE with extenders.

teleman

@verizon.net

It's funny

It's funny to me that everyone always wants more and more features, more speed, more storage but no one wants to for what it took to develop the technology.