Bill East on 22 Jan 2009 11:17:51 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Verizon FiOS?

On Thu, Jan 22, 2009 at 2:06 PM, <> wrote:
> (Comcast's webmail interface sucks for bottom-posting replies)
> How is FIOS TV an improvement over Comcast?  I've been considering the switch myself, and the only real drawback is needing multiple decoder boxes.  But, if the service is an improvement, then I could live with that...

Bitrate, which in turn is caused by more compression by Comcast.
Fellow did a comparison back in April of the size on disk of the two
feeds for the same show. Here's part of the table, with VZ's feed on
the left.

AETV HD 18.66 Mbps 14.48 Mbps -28.9%
Discovery HD             14.16 Mbps      10.43 Mbps           -35.8%
Discovery HD Theater     17.45 Mbps      12.60 Mbps           -38.5%
Food Network HD          14.32 Mbps      13.73 Mbps            -4.3%
HGTV HD                  14.76 Mbps      12.43 Mbps           -18.7%

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