I just got FiOS installed today and as I was going through the menu, I noticed that for the video resolution, you are forced to pick a format. Is there a way to set it up so that the STB automatically picks the resolution that the broadcaster has chosen? I don't want to watch everything in 1080i or 720p. I'd like to watch it as the channel has chosen to send the signal
My suggestion is to try both and stick with the one that looks best on the most channels that you regularly watch. I have a 720p LCD but the 1080i setting in my DVR provides the best HD picture by just a little bit.
Also, you have an option you can set for the SD channels (SD Override). I prefer OFF, which means that the SD channels are sent to my TV also using 1080i. This results in a slightly worse SD picture than using 480i or 480p, but eliminates the extremely annoying 2-4 second delay (HDMI re-sync) when switching between HD and SD channels. Again, I suggest you try the various settings and pick the one that you like best (or hate less?)
On my 6200 (w/ 1.7), I can change the SD override to whatever I want, but it always seems to revert back to 480i whenever I turn off and turn back on my STB. Any way to stop that? It also reverts back my video setting to 720p (HDMI to 720p TV) even if I set it to 1080i. My 7216, which is hooked up w/ HDMI to another 720p TV, seems to want to stay on 1080i. Weird.