Originally Posted by 8traxrule
Thought I would start a new thread about this since I've had some problems with my Vizio TV (XVT553SV) since the latest firmware update, which was rolled out from December to January, and I've heard of others having problems too. I have the extended warranty so someone from there will be coming to look at my TV, but seems like this is something Vizio should get some more heat about since they claim there haven't been any other problems with the new firmware.
Main problem with mine is the frame rate. On filmed material, whether it be from any digital or analog media or broadcast, the frame rate becomes a bit jittery. This was a bit difficult to spot at first since some shots in movies are intentionally done like this, but after watching a few movies I'd seen multiple times and playing them over, and hearing of similar problems posted here, I've found this IS a problem with the TV, and it was NOT doing this before the firmware update. Turning film mode on or off doesn't make any difference, neither does game mode, and smooth motion of course still makes film look like video so that's not an option. If a disc is doing this I can pause it and when re-starting the problem will go away, and when scanning back there seems to be something in the picture that is flagging the TV to do this. (I'm wondering if this hasn't affected ALL TVs of this model but this is the sort of thing not all viewers would notice.)
Another frame rate problem I just discovered is with PAL DVDs, on a player that sends out an unconverted PAL signal. This TV can display PAL sources through its HDMI inputs, but after the update it is now forcing the "smooth motion" feature on, making filmed material look like video. This effect is amusing but of course should be kept off for serious viewing. I've found on PAL discs the effect stays on regardless of adjusting the smooth motion settings. Again, it was NOT doing this before the firmware update- I would have noticed this immediately if it were. One of my reasons for choosing this TV in the first place was its ability to display PAL properly.
A smaller issue my TV is having is with Pandora- when playing, normally you can hit the Exit button on the remote and stop it until you start it again- if you had the TV on a broadcast station, it would go back to that. After the update, when hitting Exit it now goes back to broadcast for about 5 seconds, then the screen goes black and the music from Pandora starts playing again. If you try to start another 'app' on the TV, it will start that up but again stop and revert to the black screen with Pandora playing. The only way out of it without resetting the power is to go back into Pandora and hit the Stop button. A minor problem compared to the others, but still annoying.
I've heard that others have had an excessive amount of reboots, where the TV will turn itself off for a few seconds while flashing the front light, then start up again. I've only had that happen one time during regular viewing since the update, but sounds like this is something else that should be looked into. I've heard some people from Vizio check this board so hopefully if enough people post they'll look into it further. I'd rather have another firmware update sent out that fixes these problems than have someone come over and likely not notice anything I'm talking about, and unnecessarily take the TV apart and replace stuff inside it.