Go with Fios. We(they/VZ)are suppose to start tearing up my neighborhood in a couple of weeks. Sort of looking forward to it. Have only experienced it on small screen in the C.O. Looks pretty good. We/they have a 30 or 90 day free cancellation period if you decide you don't want it.
Here in my town, everybody is signing on because they hate Charter and some aren't allowed satellite dishes on the bldg.s they live in.
I have also read where DVRs weren't recording in HD with some providers. I brought that up to some techs, they say VZ is going to start recieving and installing new receivers that do so. I guess it has to do with memory on the hard drives.
I've had DN since '95, loyal customer. Own my own 811 HD receivers, no contract. About two months ago one of the 811s died. Called DN, they sent out a new 211 HD receiver and replaced the dish and I upgraded to the newer HD package, 75 bucks and a two year contract. Works great on the 211 and the 811s. Programmed everything in the 211, favorites and local channels (OTA antenna running through it) watched all day and turned it off an night. Next day the 211 would not lock on to the satellite. Called them back, they sent out a tech with a new 211. Programmed it again, worked great. Next day, same-same. Called and pitched a fit, tech came out again. Figured out if he hit the reset it would lock on. PITA.
But it worked for a week, no problems. Then wife said, where are the local channels? Programmed the local channels and guess what next day.
Found out that it would work until I programmed the local channels 'cause they were dropped after a reset. Called and pitched a fit, worked with Tech Support, and he decided there was bug in the firmware and would report it. Have I heard back about a bug fix? Hell no!
Got home today and DN called telling me the 811s would not work after August (MPEG2 to MPEG4 conversion) and they will upgrade my 811s to 211s for free. I said I had a 211 that didn't work with local channels and explained the problem!!! He stammered and said he'd send a tech out to fix it. I told him that three techs and a supervisor had already been out, I'm on my third receiver, and that an on-the-phone tech said there was a firmware bug.
So now I'm pissed. I told him that I have Comcast/Time Warner/Road Runner (whatever) cable in the back and FiOS in the front and that I'd call him back. I don't want to leave DN but I also want receivers that will work.