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FIOS / Cable box needed?

With FIOS, I'd prefer not to use a cable box as I'm planning on hanging the TV on my wall. What channels will I receive? What type of TV do I need to buy?

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Greetings mjt444,

It appears that with basic FIOS you will recieve between 15 and 49 channels. You would most likely need to consult with Verizon to find out more specifics on that. As long as your television is high definition ready, it should not matter what type you purchase, however one with an internal tuner would be preferrable. I would ask your local sales person what type they recommend. The sales staff in any Best Buy™ store should be qualified to answer these types of questions.

I hope this helps.

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