Originally Posted by Riverside_Guy
Hmmm, if you do NOT choose that option, does it revert to not stretching SD content (distorting the picture I think should be outlawed)?
I have heard bad things about the FIOS DVR, so can someone tell me exactly what unit is Verizon giving out here and what are folks impressions of it... and it would be useful to know what other DVRs you might have previously used.
There are four STB options. Multi-room, HD DVR, HD and SD.
Illustrated at http://www22.verizon.com/Residential...t_Overview.htm
FIOS rolled out the latest firmware upgrade, 6.0.2 to VHO5 last Wednesday. It has speeded up remote / box responsiveness. Cleared up some minor SD issues for some people. Running a 720p 50" Sammy DLP, SD looks great. When you see references to VHO, that's the headend. We are located in VHO5, Queens.
The guide needs to be improved. It's cluttered.
If you don't choose SD override, SD channels are pillared. Successive pressing of the "aspect" button on the remote brings you to 480 and old fashioned stretch. There is no "zoom" choice like on the SciAtl 5300HD, my last T-W STB. If you set aspect from the remote, it reverts to pillared when you change from one SD channel to another.
I'm finding the 480i and 480p choices interesting. When I first found the aspect button I noted that the setting I later learned to be 480i or 480p gave me an aspect unavailable on the SciAtl. There may be a very small amount of stretch but t's barely noticeable to me. Locking in the setting with SD Override is a nice plus.
The Verizon FIOS forums at Broadband Reports are very active both on the hardware and entertainment sides. Any question I have had has already been asked and answered.
I haven't encountered anyone locally who, having switched from T-W to FIOS would go back.
The STB issues are mostly just annoying. The ongoing hardware issues are with the wireless section of the Actiontec combo box which doubles as cable box/router. Verizon has rolled out a new Westell box in the Pacific Northwest with no significant problems I have read about.