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Verizon Plans New Media Gateway Smaller Set Tops
As the Company Ultimately Moves Away From the Set Top Entirely
by Karl Bode 09:45AM Tuesday Dec 27 2011
In a new promotional video Verizon notes how the company will soon be deploying smaller, more energy efficient set top boxes in 2012 -- followed eventually by the elimination of the set top box altogether. According to Verizon, the company will be launching a new Media Server product for FiOS customers late in 2012 that will allow users to stream content to all devices in the home -- including iPhones and gaming consoles. As the video notes, these new set tops for each additional FiOS TV in the home are small enough to be hidden behind a television using velcro. The new Media Server is an IP-enabled media gateway made by Motorola. Verizon says they're also testing the delivery of 3D television, encoded at 40 Megabits per second, streamed throughout the home using a 802.11n Wi-Fi router (which, annoyingly, most FiOS customers still can't get from Verizon).

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Joe12345678

join:2003-07-22
Des Plaines, IL

so you still have to rent the samll lowcost boxes? will IP

Will the IP part have pre device mirroring fees as well?
tmc8080

join:2004-04-24
Brooklyn, NY
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just a multi-function router w/ remote control IR sensor

There's NO reason why they can't shrink the set-top and integrate all this into the NEXT generation of Actiontec Routers!

Though, going ALL wireles is a mistake.. many consumers are not willing to make that leap just yet for security reasons among the many reasons. I would welcome this change so that they would ELIMINATE the set-top rental fee from the bill once & for all. Just charge for additional set-top interfaces beyond the 1st one (when combined in a dual-triple play).

My actiontec router a little bit under half the size of a motrola set-top box. It also goes without saying that it should be half or less the power consumption of a set-top too.

somebodeez
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Gee I sure hope -

Gee I sure hope it'll work better than their "Media Manager" does.
Have given up on that a long time ago because of all of it's issues.

danclan

join:2005-11-01
Midlothian, VA

Re: Gee I sure hope -

--that it includes all smart phones not just "i" products given that the reality is that more people now own droid than apple...

jmn1207
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join:2000-07-19
Ashburn, VA
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No DVR?

What happens to the DVR? Is this eventually going to be handled like On Demand? Can we skip ahead to pass the commercials? Until a 3rd party DVR allows me to watch On Demand, I'd most likely switch back to Comcast if I lost the ability to skip commercials in the same manner I do now.

dbeatson
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join:2001-02-22
Clover, SC

Re: No DVR?

If you watched they said you would still need one box the "Media Server" this is the DVR and all the other non DVR's and devices can access it and yes you can pause live TV. It's really no different than DirecTV's Whole Home DVR or what I have, which is ATT U-Verse I have one DVR and two XBOX's that access TV through the DVR I only have the one box from ATT and use the XBOX's as additional receivers, and no I do not get charged for the XBOX's as additional outlets.
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tim tim tim

join:2010-08-14
Lutz, FL
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Re: No DVR?

Good luck getting that wifi to send a steady, reliable and high quality picture through houses as more and more things are broadcasting in that 2.4ghz band..

With that said, Im not sold on the idea.. Ill have to see it working to believe it can keep up with wired services.

88615298
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join:2004-07-28
West Tenness

Re: No DVR?

said by tim tim tim:

Good luck getting that wifi to send a steady, reliable and high quality picture through houses as more and more things are broadcasting in that 2.4ghz band..

With that said, Im not sold on the idea.. Ill have to see it working to believe it can keep up with wired services.

more devices should be dual-band as time goes on.

jmn1207
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Ashburn, VA
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I wonder how this will work for me, where I have tenants that have their own DVRs with Verizon that are not part of a Whole Home media sharing solution, but we all share the internet service. I suppose each person will require their own media server to make this work, but I'm hoping this won't actually be implemented for a couple of years, as I'd rather not deal with the potential confusion.

dbeatson
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Clover, SC

Re: No DVR?

If you have tenants, under the terms of service they are supposed to have their own accounts, if you are sharing your internet and TV service with them you are violating the terms of service, unless they are roommates than that is different then a tenant living in an apartment connected to your home.
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jmn1207
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Re: No DVR?

This is a home, and they are essentially roommates. I have a separate bill for the telephone, which still uses copper, and another bill for the TV and internet with FiOS. We do share the internet and TV, but everyone uses their own DVR now, and it would be a mess to have to manage it all in one place. These people do a lot of travelling, and they have their own homes in other states or countries. The DVR will get full while they are away, and trying to keep or delete shows with a single media server option is simply not a practical solution for us.

Certainly, there must be families facing a similar issue? If the media server will allow for separate content folders, and there is plenty of space available, it might work out.

ITALIAN926

join:2003-08-16
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Pretty sure people will be happily Violating Terms of Service in order to save $100+ per month. How much jailtime do these violators get? This will be a disaster for close vicinity subscribers. Verizon used to think long term, now its purely for the short term. Decreasing RGU's isnt the brightest idea in the long run. The same applies to the cable co's Wifi, I know several people who dont have their own internet, they just "borrow" off their neighbors/friends account.

This couldve been a good idea just for houses where coax isnt physically possible,or where it isnt allowed to be run. For this to be a normally implemented technology is just a bad idea.
NJxxxJon
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my box baby

Yeah I had to move my box in my cabinet the other day - no room at all.......would be cool if it was smaller.

88615298
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West Tenness

Good thing FiOS doesn't cap

this would never work for Comcast or Charter
25139889

join:2011-10-25
Toledo, OH

Re: Good thing FiOS doesn't cap

capping has nothing to do with this.

88615298
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West Tenness

Re: Good thing FiOS doesn't cap

said by 25139889:

capping has nothing to do with this.

Sure it does. If they are going to allow streaming of their content they can discrimintate. So if a company caps everything else it has to cap it's own content.

Soon Comcast will let XBOX 360 users that have Comcast cable use their 360s to stream live channels. I'm 100% certain that any content streamed will count against your 250 GB cap.

aaronwt
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join:2004-11-07
Woodbridge, VA

Re: Good thing FiOS doesn't cap

said by 88615298:

said by 25139889:

capping has nothing to do with this.

Sure it does. If they are going to allow streaming of their content they can discrimintate. So if a company caps everything else it has to cap it's own content.

Soon Comcast will let XBOX 360 users that have Comcast cable use their 360s to stream live channels. I'm 100% certain that any content streamed will count against your 250 GB cap.

Comcast will be using the 360 for VOD. It's FiOS that is using the 360 to stream 26 channels. Which you can do right now. Comcast VOD is coming early next year.
I wish FiOS would use the 360 for VOD. That makes much more sense than linear channels with no way to pause, REW, FF and record.

mikesterr

join:2008-04-18
Atco, NJ
I think your miss understanding the intended deployment. Its still a QAM signal to the house the Streaming occurs inside the house on the LAN From media server to TVs , not over the Internet. There would be no CAPS to hit against. They may eventually get to a full IP deployment but that's way in the future. This is IP deployment only inside the house. I'm sure however they will still find a way to charge for STB, maybe call them Outlet fees or something.

karpodiem
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Detroit, MI

mpeg-2 or h.264 on the dvr?

???

ofacesig

join:2007-01-23
Coppell, TX

Tivo?!?

Would this mean a move away from QAM cable signalling? I REALLY like my Tivos (which all have lifetime service) and IPTV is a no go with my existing Tivos.

Kittyfuzz

join:2002-06-04
Carnegie, PA

Roku?

I believe one day customers will ditch thier Fios TV serivice to just watching movies and TV shows through thier Roku streaming Players. Would You go that route?