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post #61 of 98
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Originally Posted by foltz61 View Post

How do the FIOS DVR features compare to the ReplayTv? My brother-in-law got a Time Warner DVR and says it lacks many features so, I'm assuming this is probably true with a FIOS DVR.

Thanks


I'd say, not bad. I've had a replayTV for a while now (still use it of course, mostly for the kids' stuff, then offload using dvarchive). I have 2 FiOS dvrs. i like the fios dvr much better than my prior on Scientific atlanta w/ cablevision.

With FiOS, you've got 30 sec skip, all resume points are saved, shows are grouped together.

You don't think you have 'channels' like with replaytv (and Tivo) i think were it will record say anything 'sci-fi' or any show with 'power rangers' in the title. also, I think the searching ability is a bit rudementary.
post #62 of 98
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Originally Posted by Jim J View Post

I'd say, not bad. I've had a replayTV for a while now (still use it of course, mostly for the kids' stuff, then offload using dvarchive). I have 2 FiOS dvrs. i like the fios dvr much better than my prior on Scientific atlanta w/ cablevision.

With FiOS, you've got 30 sec skip, all resume points are saved, shows are grouped together.

You don't think you have 'channels' like with replaytv (and Tivo) i think were it will record say anything 'sci-fi' or any show with 'power rangers' in the title. also, I think the searching ability is a bit rudementary.

That's what I figured. Thanks for the info.
post #63 of 98
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Originally Posted by pbobrek View Post

I have a ReplayTV 50xx. I signed up for Verizon FIOS and a Motorola QIP2500-2 set top box. When you do ReplayTV's Network and Input settings and select the input that the QIP2500-2 is connected to, it gives you a choice of Motorola, General Instruments, or Other. Selecting Motorola automatically set the IR Blaster code to 4476. Select "yes" on the screen that asks if your set top box turns on and off (which it will do). Note that the 4476 code is NOT the correct code for the QIP2500-2 because it sends channel codes in triplicate (123 is IR blasted out as 111 222 333) which the QIP2500-2 cannot handle properly. Nonetheless, accept this 4476 temporarily by selecting Save Settings. Otherwise ReplayTV may end up having trouble downloading the program guide for FIOS from the ReplayTV service. If you did this properly, ReplayTV will automatically connect to ReplayTV service to get program guide. Wait for this to finish.

After the program guide is downloaded, go back to network and input settings and select the input that the QIP2500 is connected to. Select Motorola again (not Other). When ReplayTV displays the Yes/No screen that asks you to push -> to see if set top box is turned on, do not push the -> and select "No". ReplayTV then displays the IR Blaster codes. Highlight 0476. Push the -> (right arrow to the right of select on the ReplayTV remote) two times. Then push the select button in the center. It will take you back to the Network and Input Settings screen. Push Save Settings. You are good to go.

Thanks, I just got Fios, and this advice worked perfectly with my Replay.
post #64 of 98
Looking to switch to FIOS from Comcast, and I want to keep my ReplayTVs.

I've read this thread a couple times now, and I can't tell if the occasional channel change issue is fixed (not the triplicate issue, but the one where it doesn't get the last digit sometimes).

I saw the posts about using the hardware adddon to fix it, but I'd rather not have to do that.

So, is anyone using the FIOS TV box as an input to ReplayTV without channel change issues?
post #65 of 98
sstyer, I've been using my rtv 5040 with the fios box for ~6 months. While I get an occasional "misfire", I don't habe any more than I did with my rcn stb. The rtv's custom settings that I use are in my earlier post in this thread.
post #66 of 98
I have 3 RTVs with FIOS STB and no channel changing issues at all - I used the custom settings mentioned previously.
post #67 of 98
Toruki, Gizmo91, please tell me which STB model you are using!
sstyer: It is not fixed for me - i need the hardware. I am guessing these guys have different STBs than i do - if so, make sure you get theirs, and not mine!
thanks
Eric
post #68 of 98
For people who have no problem with the custom 4076 code. How does your replaytv record scheduled show that will take place later on? It seems to me replaytv does not know how turn on the motorola STB box. Do you have to leave your STB box on all the time?
post #69 of 98
The RTV doesn't turn a box on specifically since most STBs don't have discrete ON/OFF commands, just a toggle, which could result in a box being turned OFF when the opposite was desired. There may be some boxes that automatically turn on upon receipt of any IR code, but those are in the minority. And yes, the STB is left on all the time.
post #70 of 98
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Originally Posted by tlgs333 View Post

Toruki, Gizmo91, please tell me which STB model you are using!
Eric

I have a QIP6416-2. And I leave it on all the time.
post #71 of 98
I have the QIP6416 and the QIP2500-3, both are left on 24/7
post #72 of 98
BTW - Verizon just added time marks to the progress bar on their DVR -- so you can finally see where you are at in a recorded program and how much time is left. Just added this to my box on Tuesday.
post #73 of 98
Is the QIP6416 an HD box or a regular box? I have the 2500-3, it is the troublemaker.
post #74 of 98
So I have more information about the problem regarding the QIP2500 series boxes with the replay.
After much frustration involving me designing a hardware go-between to "clean up" the IR output from the replay, I have determined that the cable box is 100% to blame (in my case).
I know that my hardware is putting the digits out at exactly the same timing between digits. The cable box, however, does not accept them as such. They still come in badly, but only in certain circumstances.
So my workaround was to have my hardware device perform multiple channel changes per change. Upon receiving digits from replay, it changes to a totally unrelated channel. Then it changes to the proper channel.

so far, this seems to work. Long term, i'm getting off of fios!

Eric
post #75 of 98
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Originally Posted by obi5kenobi View Post

Direct from the source:

http://www.digitalnetworksna.com/sup....asp?docID=228

I've had to use this myself. I found it to be written a little poorly but once you figure it out it does work. Good luck!

Ok, I've been trying this and the other method posted in this thread, and I have had no luck at all. The STB still goes into its triplicate thing and changes to any channel it seems to want to. Is there anything I might be missing? I followed the instructions probably 10 times, each with the same poor results.
Any help/suggestions?
post #76 of 98
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Originally Posted by makoti View Post

Ok, I've been trying this and the other method posted in this thread, and I have had no luck at all. The STB still goes into its triplicate thing and changes to any channel it seems to want to. Is there anything I might be missing? I followed the instructions probably 10 times, each with the same poor results.
Any help/suggestions?

What box, what cable provider? The latest FIOS software for their Motorola boxes seems to be looking for 4-digits (I haven't looked that closely at it yet). I may have to switch to telling it to send Enter.
post #77 of 98
Motorola 2500-3, Verizon. Got the Verizon guy here right now & he has no idea of what a ReplayTv is, so not much help.
I'm using 2005 for Channel 5, btw (It's on input2)
post #78 of 98
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Originally Posted by MrFussy View Post

Has any else tried Verizon's FIOS TV? Inparticular with respect to making it work with ReplayTV (read: making the RTV control the FIOS TV STB)? Seems like a really good deal on price, in addition to lightning fast internet access.

I did a seacrh on FIOS but found nothing.

Thanks

We've had three Replays connected to Fios since they started their buildout in DFW. The guide originates from the Keller system and it works. Use code 476, and be warned - you must cover their SD cable box and Replay blaster with alumium foil as it is very sensitive to ambient IR signals. Their SD and HD boxes use the same code
post #79 of 98
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Originally Posted by Art Doyle View Post

and be warned - you must cover their SD cable box and Replay blaster with alumium foil as it is very sensitive to ambient IR signals. Their SD and HD boxes use the same code

I found I had to do this as well.

Also, it is worth noting that after a power loss, you have to go to each box serving a replay and turn it back on - they default to "off", and the replays do not seem to try to turn them on.

If you have frequent power blips, this will be very annoying and will result in many missed recordings.
post #80 of 98
A UPS is a good investment to protect your Replays and prevent the STB from powering off.
post #81 of 98
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Originally Posted by nded View Post

A UPS is a good investment to protect your Replays and prevent the STB from powering off.

Yeah, I did that too....then the power company got their act together (as confirmed by logger).

Now it's those 2:00 AM updates from Motorola which Verizon never seems to know about which turn off their boxes And of course...you won't know until a week later.
post #82 of 98
I have just gotten FIOS and it's great but I cannot get the signal to go to my replay. I have the cable from the wall going into the cable box, out to the replay and then to my TV. I got an IR blaster & selected Motorola which is my cable box. It loaded the guide and channels but each time I go to the replay, there is no signal. I can't live without my replay. Please tell me what I am doing wrong.
post #83 of 98
Start with the basics: Is the cable box on? I don't think replay will turn it on for you so you need to make sure it is on.
post #84 of 98
Hi. Here's a newbie question: How are people hooking up their FiOS to the ReplayTV so that they can watch a different channel from what's being recorded? I can't think of anything that wouldn't require 2 channel boxes, but in the meantime, nothing's getting recorded in our house, because someone inevitably comes and changes the channel in the middle.

Thanks for any assistance!
post #85 of 98
The same way any of us with digital cable boxes watch. You watch everything through the replay. Let the replay record while you watch previously recorded things.
post #86 of 98
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Originally Posted by lonegungirl View Post

I can't think of anything that wouldn't require 2 channel boxes, but in the meantime, nothing's getting recorded in our house, because someone inevitably comes and changes the channel in the middle.

I hid the remote for the cable box.

Low tech, but effective.
post #87 of 98
Anybody else having problems with the Fios converter box locking up? It's been happening on ours a couple times a week. Basically, it stays on, but the channels won't change either with the Fios remote or the IR blaster. To fix, I need to re-boot the Fios box.

Get annoying since everything still tapes when scheduled, but it tapes the wrong channel.

Between this issue and the auto reboot of the box on occasion which leaves it off, it seems we're missing more programs than we're getting.
post #88 of 98
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Originally Posted by sstyer View Post

Anybody else having problems with the Fios converter box locking up? It's been happening on ours a couple times a week. Basically, it stays on, but the channels won't change either with the Fios remote or the IR blaster. To fix, I need to re-boot the Fios box.

Get annoying since everything still tapes when scheduled, but it tapes the wrong channel.

Between this issue and the auto reboot of the box on occasion which leaves it off, it seems we're missing more programs than we're getting.

Maybe you need to have the box replaced?
post #89 of 98
The FIOS Digital Adapter (DCT700) is a much better choice for the ReplayTV.
The best thing is if the power goes off it comes back up with the power on.
This unit is so small you can probably fit it inside you ReplayTV.
RF and Composite out only/No Guide...So far it has worked great.

And right now Verizon will provide them for free.

www.verizon.com/godigital
post #90 of 98
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Originally Posted by lonegungirl View Post

Hi. Here's a newbie question: How are people hooking up their FiOS to the ReplayTV so that they can watch a different channel from what's being recorded? I can't think of anything that wouldn't require 2 channel boxes...

We have two boxes in the family room and two in the bedroom. I made a little cover for the front of the box serving the replay so it wouldn't be affected when using the remote for the box serving the TV. I have the HD DVR from FIOS serving the TV, so I can watch and record HD content using that, or view regular SD content on the replay. Incidentally, the picture is so good on my replay with FIOS SD content that I don't really care too much about watching stuff in HD (except for certain things like sports and nature shows). The replays still perform the lion's share of the recording duties for us.

I'm loving FIOS, a dramatic improvement over Comcast.
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