My mail is filling up with articles about how cities in Snohomish county giving Verizon the thumbs up to start offering television programming in their cities via their much touted FIOS system. Edmonds and Bothell are the two latest towns to give their approval, and Lynnwood, Everett, Kenmore and Marysville have all recently given theirs as well.
Verizon's FIOS TV service is most likely going to be a major competitor with Comcast both in their TV and Internet services. I know already in my area, they have upgraded the undergound wires and several of my neighbors have switched to FIOS. Quite honestly the main reason we would switch is because our service is just OK and on Friday nights when apparently everyone is home watching, our signal tends to break up and our set top box not work so well. Comcast has been out to look at it several times, but never has an answer that works. I suspect that now that they have some serious land based competition, they are going to have to step things up.
FIOS TV appears to offer many of the same features and channels as Comcast and claims:
- More than 400 all-digital channels grouped by genres such as entertainment, sports, news, shopping, movies and family, making it easy for audiences to find their favorite programming.
- A wide array of high-definition channels, with extraordinary clarity and theater-quality sound. The company plans to significantly expand the HD lineup to include all available major HD programming by year-end.
- An industry-leading library of more than 10,000 video-on-demand (VOD) titles each month, 70 percent of which are free. In addition, an increasing number of on-demand titles in high definition, with 1,000 HD VOD titles per month by the end of the year.
- An easy-to-use interactive media guide that integrates HD programming, on-demand content and the digital video recorder along with broadcast television into a seamless user experience. (This is something Comcast can't seem to get right.)
- Set-top boxes ranging from a standard-definition box to the Home Media DVR, featuring a multi-room DVR that enables up to three simultaneous viewings of recorded programs without requiring customers to set up a complex home network or buy extra equipment. The recorder is bundled with Media Manager, a feature that lets customers easily access photos and music from their personal computer and play them on their entertainment center where they look and sound the best.
Most likely we will be looking to switch towards the end of the year after they get the bugs worked out and all the channels up and running, but if they can provide a service that works, doesn't lock up and have interactive 'guides' that are plastered top and bottom with ads, they stand to make a lot of friends in Snohomish County
Jacquie Cliff - The Amazon Negotiator Real Estate Agent, Loan Officer and Accredited Buyers Representative serving: Lynnwood, Bothell, Mill Creek, Seattle, Bellevue, Marysville, Mountlake Terrace, Edmonds, Everett, Snohomish, Kirkland and the surrounding areas! Call me with any of your real estate questions at 425-773-3149 or email me at Jacquie@jacquiecliff.com anytime! Copyright © 2008 By Jacqueline A. Cliff, All Rights Reserved. Comcast television has competition from FIOS in Snohomish county now!