I ordered my Co-Star as a pre-order unit and it arrives a while ago, but until now I did not have the time free to hook it up to try it out.
Does anyone know the power consumption when it is active vs. sleep mode? I asked Vizio support if the unit should remain on all the time (since it does get very warm) or should I have it power off with the HD Monitor using a smart power strip which cuts power to connected devices. Vizio support said it could remain on all the time since after a while it will go into sleep mode which I presume is at a lower power consumption. Maybe this is how they earned their EnergyStar rating? I did not measure the start up time, but from a cold start it adds maybe 20 seconds before one can watch Live TV with Verizion FiOS. I guess I will keep it powered on all the time and do some comparisons since people in the house complain a bit --- we've become an "instant gratification society."
The technical specs for power consumption are "not yet released" per Vizio support. I have a Kill-a-watt device so maybe I will try it out. I will also check the adapter and unit since the power consumption may be stamped on the power adapter.
I also have seen the Google Chrome browser and a few other apps crash after only 1-2 minutes of use. Not sure why it is unstable, but it seems to recover fast.
My Co-Star has Firmware v3.2, and Build Number v2.3.1. The unit says it's up-to-date now so we'll see if it detects an update or if I need to check back later for any improvements.
Netflix App comments
With the Netflix streaming app we noticed that it regularly has a blank screen/pause for 2-3 seconds during media streaming. This results in no audio, a blank screen, then the HD Monitor displays HDMI (1) as the input source and then the display and audio return. It can happen 2-3 times during a 1.5 hr movie. I asked Vizio support about this and they said it happens with "all devices." I've never seen this, and we do a lot of Netflix streaming. I have two separate 10Mb/s wired connections for Blu-Ray players with the same Internet connection and I never observed this issue in 2-3 years of Netflix streaming with the same HD Monitor and cables (ethernet, HDMI, coax, etc.). I wondered if this could be that the Co-Star is set for 1080P and i should step it down to something lower? I'll have to experiement. Obviously Netflix will check the content and the connection to adjust quality per se, but we often get "HD" quality because of the faster wired connection. WIth 50/25 FiOS Internet speed we probably don't run into bottle necks with streaming media with wired 10Mb/s connections even if there's other Intenet usage at the same time in the house.
(updated 9/3/12): The Netflix app with the Kids Only opon is nice. But my kids are frustrated when they sometimes pick a show and the then press OK and it does not play the program. I had this happen to me a few times. I have to go out of the app, go back in, and then it works. Slightly annoying and it has happend a few times.
Other FiOS DVR related info with my QIP-7232-2 (IMG 1.9.1):
1. The Co-Star remote will control FiOS LiveTV (Pause, Fast Forward, Rewind, Record, Stop) but there is no SKIP back or SKIP ahead like the FiOS remote. Maybe there is a way to program this with some of the unused buttons? Not sure yet.
2. Using the MENU button the Co-Star remote displays an DVR option but this will not access the FiOS DVR content. I need to use the FioS remote to access the local or multi-room DVR content (we have 2 FiOS DVRs).
3. I have to check back if Verizon has finally released any newer Apps for DVR content playback, maybe this would be a workaround?
4. The documentaiton is okay, but a lot of these things are going to be a bit of trial and error.
I have a lot of experimentation to do ... since the "smart TV" options are interesting but I actually have to find something useful other than Netflix ;-)
Edited by kj2005 - 9/3/12 at 11:43am