Hi all. Just found this thread and am very excited to learn that there are at least a few fellow Hampton Roads Cox HD subscribers who post here.
Am equally excited to learn that Cox has activated the DVI connection. Is the firmware ver. 7.15 download automatic or do I have to request it? I just ordered a DVI cable. Do I need to do anything else besides hooking it up between the box and the HDTV?
There is an interesting July report at the CED magazine website about Cox soon offering a HD DVR to Hampton Roads customers. I am unable to post the link yet due to forum rules, but here is a pasted copy of the contents:
Cox DVR service in expansion mode
Jeff Baumgartner, CED
Cox Communications said customers in more than 95 percent of its markets will have access to digital video recorder (DVR) services by year-end.
The rapid expansion comes on the heels of the availability of a long-anticipated digital set-top with on-board DVR capabilities from Motorola Broadband.
Cox said it will offer the Motorola DCT-6412 box, which houses DVR and HD technology, soon to a swath of markets, including: Orange County, Calif.; Omaha, Neb.; Roanoke and Hampton Roads, Va.; New England; New Orleans and Baton Rouge, La.; Macon, Ga.; Tulsa, Okla., as well as Middle America Cox properties in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana.
The MSO has been marketing Scientific-Atlanta's DVR-capable Explorer 8000 for more than a year in some markets that use the S-A PowerKey conditional access platform, including Gainesville, Fla. and Northern Virginia.
"With a DVR solution now available on the Motorola set-top box, we feel it is critical to make this exciting new service available to our customers as quickly as possible to further reinforce the value of Cox Digital Cable Service," said David Pugliese, Cox's vice president of product marketing and management, in a release.
Cox said it received 2,000 preorders for the Motorola box in Kansas before deploying it there earlier this month.
"In every market previously launched, customers have been lined up on a waiting list for this product," noted Lisa Pickelsimer, Cox's director of video product development.
Cox has been much less aggressive with video-on-demand, offering it in just a handful of markets so far.
Due to the limited number of HD channels at Cox, I've recently given serious thought to switching to VOOM. But if Cox does make good on the HD DVR soon, I will probably stick around, at least for a while. Of course I won't hold my breath.