If your idea of fun is going behind the scenes and finding out how your cable company's gears turn, then don't waste any time clicking on this link
. On this tour the crew learns all about collecting 600 channels and distributing them around the country via fiber, complete with locally inserted ads and complying with ridiculous blackout rules. But most interestingly, we learn exactly what makes Verizon FiOS TV
special while at the same time what it has in common with other cable companies.
*Verizon has acquired AOL, Engadget's parent company. However, Engadget maintains full editorial control, and Verizon will have to pry it from our cold, dead hands.