07-31-2009 12:08 AM
I am a complete novice at FIOS, and I'm hoping to get some questions answered in order to decide whether to get it to replace my current Comcast Cable with FIOS TV.
I have 2 HD LCD TVs and 2 cable-ready older TVs. In addition, I also have 2 DVD/VCR Video Recorders with built-in digital/analog receivers as I record a lot of programs. If I were to get FIOS, I would want to get HD tv on one of the 2 LCDs, and for that I know I have to get an HD STB.
My questions are:
07-31-2009 01:46 AM
In case you were not already aware, a CableCARD is a small device that goes into another piece of electronics, such as a DVR (TiVo, Moxi) or Digital Cable Ready television. It is a replacement for a set-top box (STB), not a STB by itself.
That said, if your device has a slot for a CableCARD, then the answer is "yes," you can use a Verizon CableCARD with the device and view encrypted channels such as MLB Network HD or Food Network. If your device does not have a slot for a CableCARD then you cannot use such a card with the device and will need a STB connected to the inputs of the device you want to use. Most DVD recorders do not have CableCARD slots so you would need to connect a Verizon STB to the recorder.
07-31-2009 06:51 AM
A CableCard is a credit-card sized access card. It plugs into a device with a CableCard slot to authorize all of the channels that you pay for. Your device must have a CableCard slot to use it.
Devices with CableCard slots include the Moxi and TivoHD. Some TVs also have CableCard slots. There are no DVD recorders with CableCard slots. Here's a picture of a CableCard: