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Greg2600

join:2008-05-20
Belleville, NJ
reply to Acct101

Re: More HD channels coming by October.

Joe, some SD feeds are widescreen/letterbox automatically, like ESPN and FOX. More and more in fact. They cannot be zoomed on the DCT700.

The other issue is that not all SD channels have an HD replacement. In fact I'd guess most do not. So you are NOT gaining all the SD QAM back. Granted you could probably gain back enough for 30 HD channels in MPEG2, even more with MPEG4. However, the moral of the story is it will take a large scale communication and customer service operation from Verizon, along with a financial cost. Won't ever happen.



Andy from CA
Premium
join:2008-09-05
Anaheim, CA
reply to joe01880

said by joe01880:

said by tnsprin:

said by joe01880:

You make it sound like HD is the only thing those HD boxes are capable of showing.They also show SD channels and there are still lots of folks who dont have HDTV's so verizon is not goiong to be able to force feed HD only programing. Never mind the networks not standing for it, the customer base wont stand for it and im not sure but the FCC might have a part in there someplace.

The HD boxes also can down convert HD signals to SD, so that a user can watch HD only Channels on their SD sets. Or the HD version of a HD channel with both hd and SD on their SD set.

and is the 16:9 HD feed being forced into a 4:3 SD TV screen now just a smaller box in the middle of the screen or does the 16:9 HD feed fill the entire screen? Or does it now have bars at the top and bottom, im sure you see my point.
Why should people with SD only TV's have to pay a price because some want HD only channels to save QAM space to add more HD channels?
If there is no change in picture size feeding a 16:9 HD feed in to a 4:3 SDTV i withdraw my objection.

That's the thing, With an HD box feeding an SDTV an HD channel* you control how a 16:9 picture appears on your 4:3 TV. With a SD channel Verizon controls how the channel appears. With an HD STB you are in control of what the picture looks like.

*Also works with 16:9 SD channels. We have two here in SoCal.


wmcbrine
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join:2002-12-30
Laurel, MD
kudos:1
reply to joe01880

said by joe01880:

and is the 16:9 HD feed being forced into a 4:3 SD TV screen now just a smaller box in the middle of the screen or does the 16:9 HD feed fill the entire screen? Or does it now have bars at the top and bottom,

Generally it's an option, unlike the case where it's pre-converted by the provider. I don't know about Verizon's boxes specifically, though.

im sure you see my point.

Not at all.

Why should people with SD only TV's have to pay a price

They don't, at all. I gather you've never actually watched a downconverted HD channel? It looks better than a channel converted to SD by the provider, and having the option to control the format is a plus, especially considering that Verizon often gets it wrong.
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starrin

join:2005-05-29
Virginia Beach, VA
reply to URFloorMatt

said by URFloorMatt See Profile
In fact, at this point, Verizon only offers HD capable boxes to new customers.
[/BQUOTE :

Wrong. I had FiOS TV installed 3 weeks ago; the 3 SDTVs got 700s. The 2 HDTV got HD boxes


URFloorMatt

join:2009-07-08
Arlington, VA

said by starrin:

Wrong. I had FiOS TV installed 3 weeks ago; the 3 SDTVs got 700s. The 2 HDTV got HD boxes

That's good to know. We have previously been told on this forum that the DCT-700 series was no longer available. It appears that information was incorrect.

Experience does suggest that the 2000 series STBs have been retired, however.


celticpride

@verizon.net

you folks with sd tvs need to check prices of hdtvs,they are way lower in price than you might think,5 years ago i paid over $800.00 for a 32'' hdtv, that wasnt even a flat screen!,now you can find 32'' hdtv flat screens in the $200 to $300.00 range!. I have seen 55'' to 65'' hdtvs going for less than $1000.00 at best buy and sears,as well as amazon.com. 3years ago these big screens would of cost around $2000.00 or more!

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Greg2600

join:2008-05-20
Belleville, NJ
reply to celticpride

Re: More HD channels coming by October.

said by celticpride :

you folks with sd tvs need to check prices of hdtvs,they are way lower in price than you might think,5 years ago i paid over $800.00 for a 32'' hdtv, that wasnt even a flat screen!,now you can find 32'' hdtv flat screens in the $200 to $300.00 range!. I have seen 55'' to 65'' hdtvs going for less than $1000.00 at best buy and sears,as well as amazon.com. 3years ago these big screens would of cost around $2000.00 or more!

The only SD TV's I have are one in the dusty basement, which has an HD 7100 STB, and one in my "game room" that I use on classic game consoles. However, we have two small HDTV's that use the SD Box DCT700 because all the other boxes are too dang big! The boxes would be in the way. Also, Anything below a 32" set really isn't going to make much difference between SD and HD channels. The screen is so small. Again, if Verizon made a small HD Box, great. Again, if Verizon would pay to swap out all the SD Boxes, great. Not going to happen.


Photoflash

@verizon.net

The "big box" dilemma is annoying. I have a 19 in. screen in my kitchen, and the old is just about as big as the LCD. Since the only channels I want to watch aren't OTA, I'm stuck.

I did just buy an Actiontec "My Wireless TV", and in one easy test, it worked just fine. So if I can figure out how I can get rid of my superfluous 6416 DVR and keep my wife happy , I will go that route.



joe01880

join:2007-10-26
Wakefield, MA
reply to wmcbrine

said by wmcbrine:

I gather you've never actually watched a downconverted HD channel?.

No, I haven't.

starrin

join:2005-05-29
Virginia Beach, VA
reply to URFloorMatt

[BQUOTE
Experience does suggest that the 2000 series STBs have been retired, however.

Gee I got a 2500-3 too. It was my free for life box, so maybe they were just dumping trash

URFloorMatt

join:2009-07-08
Arlington, VA

said by starrin:

Gee I got a 2500-3 too. It was my free for life box, so maybe they were just dumping trash

Right, that is another promotion they've been doing. But you can bet Verizon won't be considering these boxes when they make HD and MPEG4 changes. The 2500 is end of line. That's why it's free.


sdpadres

@lmco.com

Any word on any additional HD NBA League Pass Channels?