Originally Posted by Larry Vogel
Just got my firmware upgrade yesterday. Does anyone have a nice, simple list of the "improvements" this upgrade brings us?
Originally Posted by RichardCarver
Things I've noticed:
Initial Vizio logo darker
Quicker, smoother VIA apps
That's all I can think of...
Originally Posted by Smithcraft
Vizio does not supply change logs. If you notice something, it might be your imagination, or it might be an actual improvement.
Thanks. Maybe I can get the update sometime this year...
This might fall into the category of my imagination, but I'm imagining that the ARC function is working better. I use a Logitech Harmony 650 to control everything (Viz TV, Comcast cable box, Sony DVD player, and Yamaha 5.1 home theater in a box system) because I initially couldn't get the TV and Yamaha receiver to play nicely together...their respective ARC functions just didn't mesh quite right. I needed to go with ARC for Netflix, because the the optical audio out didn't give me the same audio quality as HDMI. If I were willing to settle for less in the audio department, I'd have been OK...but I'm just not like that.
Since the upgrade, ARC seems lots slicker for TV and DVD. But...I just may have just been doing something wrong initially, I dunno. But now I can remove the Yamaha receiver completely from the "activities" on the Harmony remote for TV and DVD, and the TV takes care of powering the Yamaha up and down and controlling the volume. Neat!
It still doesn't work with the VIZ apps...when I do Netflix, Pandora, etc I need to program the Yamaha into the Harmony remote activity. I think it's because the VIZ input only shows up when it's actually pulling in Netflix, Pandora etc. (if you look at the onscreen list of inputs you get when you hit the input button on the remote, VIZ doesn't show up in the list unless Netflix or some other VIZ app is actually active). If VIZ were there all the time as an input choice, I think it would work better (are you listening Vizio...maybe in the next firmware upgrade????).
If anyone has a solution for how to make the TV ARC function control the power up, power down and volume/mute functions on Yamaha (or other brand) receiver when using a VIZ app, I'd love to hear it. In the meantime I have a workaround that's ok (I've programmed the Harmony to turn the receiver off, wait 10 seconds, then turn it on again...by this time the VIZ input is active, and the receiver picks it up...but I need to keep the remote pointed at the TV for half a minute or so to give it time to finish this routine).
Does this make sense to anyone or is it all gobbledegook?