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Local HD Channels for Fios TV Premier
Dylan1Kenobi
Enthusiast

Alright, I have a fairly simple question that I can't find the answer to anywhere else so I thought I'd ask the community.

I have Fios TV Premier and I just recently got a HDTV. Does my current plan allow me to watch LOCAL HD channels? I was under the impression that because of digital broadcasting, all of these stations are free to access.

I just want to make sure before I waste money on an HD STB. (I know that you need one to access HD channels, even Local ones).

Any help would be most appreciated.

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Re: Local HD Channels for Fios TV Premier
ekem015
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Well, Premier is an old package (it has been replaced twice now), so I'm not 100% sure, but I am fairly sure that the SD = HD principle still applies. But yes, Verizon does not charge extra for an HD channel if you get an SD channel today. Whether that was the case when you signed up for Premier, I'm not sure. If the pricing works out, you may want to consider the newer Prime HD or Extreme HD packages. The Premier package was replaced by "Essentials" and then Prime HD.

From my experience, getting a new STB in the mail takes 2-4 days. Yes, there are Verizon stores around, but there's not that many. There's a list on the website, I believe.

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Re: Local HD Channels for Fios TV Premier
ekem015
Specialist

Yes, local HD channels are available under any plan. As a rule of thumb, if you get an SD channel under your plan, then you also get the HD channel under that plan.

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Re: Local HD Channels for Fios TV Premier
Dylan1Kenobi
Enthusiast

Thanks for the help about the Local HD Channels but I'm not so sure about the other HD channels.

Are you sure that if I (for example) have Discovery Channel that I also have Discovery HD? I know I'm new to these forums but that doesn't seem right to me especially with Fios TV Premier and not something like Fios TV Prime HD.

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Re: Local HD Channels for Fios TV Premier
Dylan1Kenobi
Enthusiast
One more question, how fast can I get a new STB? Are there stores I can go to and pick them up at?
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Re: Local HD Channels for Fios TV Premier
ekem015
Specialist

Well, Premier is an old package (it has been replaced twice now), so I'm not 100% sure, but I am fairly sure that the SD = HD principle still applies. But yes, Verizon does not charge extra for an HD channel if you get an SD channel today. Whether that was the case when you signed up for Premier, I'm not sure. If the pricing works out, you may want to consider the newer Prime HD or Extreme HD packages. The Premier package was replaced by "Essentials" and then Prime HD.

From my experience, getting a new STB in the mail takes 2-4 days. Yes, there are Verizon stores around, but there's not that many. There's a list on the website, I believe.

Re: Local HD Channels for Fios TV Premier
Dylan1Kenobi
Enthusiast
Awesome! Thanks for the info!
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