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almahix
Allegro ma non troppo

join:1999-10-18
Camarillo, CA

verizon invasive

Who gave Verizon control over my house? They turn on their stupid set top boxes that I turn off when not in use. Can't they turn them back off after invading my privacy?

And since when do they feel it is OK to try to sell me some on demand shit when I press the DVR button to see my recorded shows or to program.

I ordered the service but I'd like to order them out of my house. Or they can help pay the mortgage!


Jackarino
YacCity
Premium
join:2006-12-28
Allendale, NJ
kudos:1
Thats the cable industry for you
Expand your moderator at work


aaronwt
Premium
join:2004-11-07
Woodbridge, VA
reply to almahix

Re: verizon invasive

The box is never off. It's still using alot of power when it looks like it's off. Unless you pull the power cord.

kes601

join:2007-04-14
Virginia Beach, VA
kudos:2
reply to almahix
Feel free to cancel FiOS if you hate them that much. Nothing is requiring you to use them.

Now to the "problem" at hand.

What do you mean they are turning them on? The ONLY time that has happened to be is when they push out an update to the guide software, but even then 9 times out of 10 if the box was already "off" it is put back in that position after the update.

There is a menu setting that will disable the popup ads. Feel free to search the forum for the instructions.

Gotta love the first world problems we have on this forum....and yes, I am guilty of that as well.


HarleyYac
Lee
Premium
join:2001-10-13
Allendale, NJ
kudos:2
reply to Jackarino
What?


vircotto

join:2002-06-04
searching...
reply to almahix
Thanks, kes601, for supplying the answer in this topic:
»Both STB's rebooted last night for some reason, but now....


birdfeedr
Premium,MVM
join:2001-08-11
Warwick, RI
kudos:9
reply to HarleyYac
said by HarleyYac:

What?

When FiOS first came out, it was the best thing since sliced bread. Now, Verizon is simply another cable co., according to some.


almahix
Allegro ma non troppo

join:1999-10-18
Camarillo, CA
reply to kes601
Well first off mr kes I don't hate Verizon, or anything or anyone for that matter. And second, I turn off the boxes when the TVs go off. Then I turn them back on with the TV, but if Verizon in their infinite wisdom turns them on, they go off when the TV comes on, so I have to manually turn the box back on, the boxes don't always follow the remote control commands. As far as guide info, I might buy that excuse for the 7100s, but not the little dct 700s with no guide.

On the whole I like Verizon but sometimes their ways infuriate me. I've tried to stop the popup ads according the instructions on the forums, but I still get them most of the time I press the dvr button.

That isn't hate either. (You might pickup that I have an issue with hate. It is so destructive. Let's not use that word with respect to one another anymore, OK?)


birdfeedr
Premium,MVM
join:2001-08-11
Warwick, RI
kudos:9
It sounds like the TV and the STB are optically separated, maybe marginally, so when the remote issues a change power state command, one device sees it but the other doesn't, so the TV and STB are out of sync.

Or maybe another remote is interfering. Do you have a neighbor with an attitude pointing his remote through your open window?

[OT] Hate is merely a word. Choose another and you can call it dislike, which hate is a strong dislike, maybe even intense, but certainly not extreme. And a mild dislike isn't hate. When some of VZ's ways can infuriate you (your choice of word), it sounds like strong, approaching intense. OK, so I get it you don't hate Verizon because you didn't tag your subject line with [rant], which is intense, approaching extreme. Some things I do hate, but that's seriously OT. One word by itself is a dot. Modifiers and context is how it gets significance, or not. Original use in this topic was not misuse of the word, especially in the if/then context.

kes601

join:2007-04-14
Virginia Beach, VA
kudos:2
reply to almahix
Ok, won't use hate (your rant certainly made it sound like it to me).

STBs should not be turning themselves on, it just doesn't happen ordinarily unless a software update is pushed to them, which is rare.


stevek1949
We're not in Kansas anymore
Premium
join:2002-11-13
Virginia Beach, VA
said by kes601:

Ok, won't use hate (your rant certainly made it sound like it to me).

+1

I hate it when that happens!


buckingham
Buckingham Pa
Premium
join:2005-07-17
Buckingham, PA
Reviews:
·Verizon FiOS
reply to almahix
Don't forget that when you "turn off" the STB, you're just turning off the light on the front, more or less. As someone already mentioned, it's always on...unless you unplug it.

There's not a whole lot you can do about the marketing. VZ is no different than any other content provider...they are going to try and sell subscribers more content and OnDemand is lucrative relative to additional profits. Just click through it. That said, I do agree it's annoying, but pretty much any provider is going to do this to you at this point. Nature of the beast.

UnnDunn
Premium
join:2005-12-21
Brooklyn, NY
reply to almahix
If the TV is on but the STB is off, you can simply press "Menu" to turn the STB on.


IowaCowboy
Iowa native
Premium
join:2010-10-16
Springfield, MA
kudos:1
Reviews:
·Verizon Broadban..
·Comcast
reply to almahix
If they are DVRs, they turn on to record and turn off again after recording is done.

I have also accidentally hit remote buttons on the remote.

I have Comcast (no FiOS here) but they use the same Motorola boxes that Verizon uses.

If you really don't like Verizon invading your home, you can always go the TiVo route as Verizon's signal ends at the cable card and they are one-way devices so they can only receive downstream signals but they can't talk back to Verizon on the upstream side. TiVo boxes don't turn off but they are a little more user friendly than the Moto boxes.
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I wish I still lived in Iowa; Everything there from rent and groceries to Cable TV is much cheaper in Iowa (especially with an overbuilder in town).

kes601

join:2007-04-14
Virginia Beach, VA
kudos:2
The DVRs do not turn on (as in display a picture / sound) to record.


IowaCowboy
Iowa native
Premium
join:2010-10-16
Springfield, MA
kudos:1
Must be a Verizon thing as my Moto DVR turns on to record.


nycdave
Premium,MVM
join:1999-11-16
Melville, NY
kudos:17
You don't understand how all DVR's work then.....