Originally Posted by harley3k
The DSLReports forum seems to be the best...don't know why I didn't think to look there first.
I already found screenshots of the new FIOS-DVR software coming out.
Looks pretty sweet.
Ha Ha Ha. It is to laugh!
I am a current FiOS TV subscriber for a year and a half now and while the tv picture quality is great there is nothing else I can recommend about them. Their customer service is horrible, and is always closed. The reps always try their best to help but it Verizon policy must be to never change anything to accomodate their customers. Period.
I saw the same screenshots of the "new FIOS DVR software coming out real soon" when I got FiOS TV over a year ago. Nothing has been changed or added since day one.
The DVR software especially hasn't been changed a bit. Don't believe ANY of the lies of the FiOS hypers out there. FiOS DVR is trash.
A Short List of What Verizon FiOS DVR Cannot Do:
1. Channels you don't even get always appear in the search screen even though you have "unchecked" them so they don't appear in the guide or channel up/down
2. Category search is a joke. It has Movies, Hdtv, News, Kids, Talk Shows, and a couple of other categories that are worthless --- and THAT'S IT.
3. You can search under "other info" for actor, subject, genre or whatever but it comes up with things that have nothing to do with what you searched for half the time. It's maddening to say the least -- but see item # 2 and 7 and you'll see that this "feature" is next to useless.
4. The Verizon remote control for both the HiDef DVR and the standard box both have this annoying habit of changing the channel on your tv when you wanted to change the channel on the cable box. On my tv that makes it go to all snow till I fiddle with the tv remote to get the input setting back to S-Video. Annoying!
5. The HiDef DVR has Serial, USB, *and* Firewire ports. Sounds great. But they're all disabled. And you can call them a million times but they will never be enabled because they don't change the software for the boxes... EVER
6. They have a "multi-room dvr" but it cannot connect to or share its saved shows with anything but a standard box -- not even another multi-room and certainly not a HiDef DVR. So you can record a maximum of two channels for your entire family. Wow.
7. This is a minor point but their guide data for anything but the "big" networks is often either blank (no data on that show at all) or it's just plain wrong.
So I dumped the Verizon DVR and got 3 TIVOs.