I'm about to close my dish account (and pay early termination fee) in favor of fios. While I find the quality of fios slightly higher, I was fairly happy with dish but I'm pissed off with some of their practices, such as 4 leased tuners limit, the way they can take the channels off line while negotiating the contract, etc. I can remember at least 4 times when they took a channel off line for almost 3 weeks.
However, I went Tivo HD route. Not sure if I'd give up dish 722 to fios dvr. But Tivo is superior and you don't have to pay $50 to activate external storage.
Dish claim of 1080p blu-ray quality movies is ridiculous. I don't care what they say, their severely compressed 1080p signal is worlds away from blu-ray 1080/24p. Even uncompressed fios 1080i will beat it with an average deinterlacer.
We just switched from Dish to Fios. Yes, the Dish DVRs are way ahead of Fios DVRs, features, capacity, etc. -- no competition there.
The picture quality is much better on Fios, both HD and SD. The first couple of weeks after we switched we were missing all the HDs that we had on Dish. But Fios came through with their major HD upgrade at the end of July. We timed the switch over just right! So right now we are not really missing Dish.
Well, not much other than DVR features and the much wider choice of international PPVs and channels (Indian channels for us specifically).
I have both Fios and Dish as well. Because
of channel selection,
I would choose Fios.
Would not think twice
about giving up Dish.
Dish would go and I have a 722 and 622 DVR.
Fios gives me CSN HD,
YES HD, SNY HD and New York and Phila HD locals. I do not
get an HD RSN with Dish and Dish only provides 4 HD locals.
Of those three RSNs,
Dish only provides SNY but does not provide SNY to my area to save money.
Dish limits RSN coverage areas.
Although the Dish DVR has a bigger hard drive, I do not like the swap aspect and prefer the Fios DVR for recording a program and then start watching 20 minutes later to fast
forward through the ads, going out of the
program to watch the baseball game and then going back to the program I was watching. The Fios DVR takes you right back to where you left off. Dish DVRs do not. Eventually Fios will get esata and the hard drive issue will even out with Dish.
Then you have issues of rain fade and the triple play pricing.
What seems to be fact:
Additionally, Verizon is in the process of re-aligning channel numbers and adding new channels in the CA market while continuing to add more (primarily) HD channels to markets where the re-alignment has already taken place.
Depending on the market you're in, many of the "Phase 2" HDs will only be available through Extreme HD. Customers may see a "free preview" next to these channels in the guide before the channels are removed from the lineup of Premier Package customers. An up-to-date list of these channels for different regions can be found at this page:
All of this is creating a lot of confusion about who should have what and when. As customers it would appear that the following is happening:
If you're a current Premier Package customer and NOT in NY (or WA possibly) you will LIKELY NOT get the following channels until you upgrade to the Extreme HD Package (all of these are HD unless otherwise noted):
Current Premier Package customers will most likely grandfathered in with their current lineup, keeping the HDs that are NOT listed above.
Last but not least, Verizon has released numerous new bundles that may actually have the effect of saving Premier Package customers when they upgrade to Extreme HD; however, two-year contracts are no longer being offered. If you move away from your current (Premier Package) contract, you will be re-upping with a new, one-year contract.
Two example bundles are seen below (possibly only offered at these rates until end of October):
One final note: receiving additional channels is completely independent of getting the new version of the IMG (v1.6/6.89). The are each being deployed on a different schedule and you do not need the IMG 1.6 to get the new additional channels.