Originally posted by lvthunder
Yes I finally got the HD box. I really don't like it.
I also have a 4X3 TV and I don't like the fact you can't switch it to 480i mode and fill the entire screen
This box does suck with a 4x3 TV - No aspect ratio control, so you get a letterboxed 16x9 image in a 4x3 window. A friend of mine, who also has a 4x3 TV, uses something called stretch or fill mode on his TV to fill the screen with HD content. Doesn't look too bad, but there should be alternatives. (see below)
I also don't like that the menu won't come up when it is outputing 1080i.
Don't quite know what you mean, but the graphic overlay is generated in SD mode and will not display HD content in the preview window...(also see below)
I had to read the CSR the web page and she put me on hold to check with the manager. So she gets back on the phone and says OK and blamed the marketing department for not notifing them of the special.
Typical sales reps, no arguments from me about that sort of thing.
But all in all the HD programming is good the box itself just sucks. Maybe by time my three months is up there will a a STB on the market that will let me get CBS and ABC with just Expanded Basic. If that's the case I will probibly just do that.
From what I understand, the 3100HD was an upgrade from the old modded 2100HD and COX LV bought a fixed amount of these 3100's for launch of the HD product. At the time, these were about the only thing compatible with the software in use in LV and they cost roughly $500 each. I have heard that when this supply runs out, they will no longer carry any HD boxes in stock, because of these factors:
1) Money - They knew going into this venture, that they would lose money and there is no way to recap the cost of such an expensive STB. The upfront cost is too prohibitive to purchase a large volume, but it had to be done to roll out the product.
2) Laws and ruling - Until the standards were set (last week!) and manufacturers were able to produce large amounts of STBs, they were not going to see the STB's in retail stores for consumer purchase.
3) New and better products would be available soon making the current stock obsolete. Once the regulations were set and adopted, they would see the same trend in cable modems where prices would plummet and better products would pop up everywhere.
At CES, I had a Q&A with the Pioneer guys and saw their new Voyager 3510HD box which is supposedly available later this month and is scheduled to be a retail product at electronics stores. It is compatible with COX software and was running the COX HD feed, and will most likely be available within a few weeks or more. Good news is that it has all of the features you mentioned were missing from the SA3100HD, including all format decoding with 6 display choices for output, HD graphics overlays, and full downconversion. Also, pushed back until summer though, is their DVR for digital HD cable. It wasn't running, and there were no brouchures left, but it looks like a winner if it ever gets released. COX has supported Pioneer with their analog boxes, and they should follow suit with their new digital HD boxes too, we just have to wait and see when it happens.
Since COX LV was just acknowledged for it's deployment and commitment to HD services and is considered to be the standard for future HD cable systems and their deployment, I see no reason why they would try to hold back any of this technology available to the consumer.