Only the locals (SD and HD) and music channels are available via clear QAM. Specific channel numbers may vary slightly from region to region.
TBS, Spike, etc are all pay channels that are part of the Essentials and FiOS HD Extreme (replaced FiOS TV Premier) packages. Verizon's $12.99/mo "locals only" package does not include those channels. If all channels were in the clear, then customers only paying for locals would get them too.
"Specific channel numbers may vary slightly from region to region."
Yes, that's what I'm asking, how do I get the klisting of what the specific channels are for my region?
you can check your lineup there and find which channel #'s they are according to your region
He wanted a list of the QAM channels, which are the channels you get without a set-top box or CableCard.
As indicated above, only the locals, public access channels, and music channels (plus WGN and TWC) are available via clear QAM. There is no official listing of these channels or their numbers, and Verizon can change them periodically without notice. The HD versions of ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC are found on QAM numbers in the low 70s, generally 71-74, on most Verizon FiOS systems.
Cable systems, Verizon FiOS included, consider the QAM numbers to be their internal system numbers and not for public consumption. The official channel numbers are linked in Techman's post above -- those are the channel numbers you get with Verizon's STBs, DVRs, and CableCard devices like the TiVoHD.
11-19-2008 11:30 AM - edited 11-19-2008 11:33 AM
At least in Manhattan, the ClearQAM channels directly mirror the ATSC channels (from memory, could be slightly off: 2.1, 4.1-4.4, 5.1, 7.1-7.2, 9.1, 11.1, 13.1-13.4, 21.2, 31.2, and a few more further up). I had VMC scan for channels and that's all it found. There could definitely be more, but I'm not positive how I'd find them, so I'd also be curious to hear if anyone knows. I doubt Verizon would change these much in the future, but who knows.
The clear QAM channels only mirror the ATSC IF the PSIP mapping works correctly. Otherwise they are at QAM channels in the 70 to 74 range (typically for the digital OTA channels) or in the case of bad PSIP they may not tune at all. Verizon may place them on any QAM channel they chose. From last November (2007) until this August (2008) My Sharp would not tune any of the OTA channels due to malformed PSIP being injected by Verizon. And even then, until recently, channel 3 from Philly showed up as 26.1 not 3.1 due to improper PSIP (corrected very recently).
FIOS In The Clear Channel Guide
14WVVH - RSN
467ABC - Plus
468ABC - Now
472WNET - Kids
66-004 thru 66-050
84-001 thru 84-050
I am 15 miles outside of NYC in NJ and cannot get either WNYC or WNJN. both channels are broadcast over the air but are not on Verizon FIOS channel lineup received without their set-top box. Aren't they obligated to provide me with all the stations I would get through an antenna?
How can I force Verizon to list their over the air lineup...
They are extremely frustrating and I would easily leavre Verizon over these issues.
Leave Verizon and all their services including phone, wireless, internet and TV.