I am having the same exact problems. I have had FIOS since 2009. I switched FIOS Quantum the first week it was out in April 2014. I almost immediately started having problems. I work for Verizon and have reported the problem to the development team that rolled out Quantum. In June it seemed like the problem got better after a Quantum update, but inQuote August it's like things got worst. I am seriously thinking of dropping FIOS TV for Direct TV. I am tired of the slow remote to channel command, tired of numerous errors telling me my fios tv isn't connected to coax, tired of channels freezing and video demand and dvr freezing up. It's getting old, and I can't believe Verizon rolled out these trash Quantum STBs and then charging me an extra $20 a month for Quantum when it doesn't work half the time. I am ready to drop the FIOS TV because of Quantum. The old STBs I had very few problems. Since having Quantum I've spoken to tech support about 4x.
The ONLY thing I like about Quantum is that shows I've recorded don't skip now in audio
As of the latest firmware update on the Arris VMS1100, the DVR will reboot numerous times within an hour throughout the day. Single episodes show up as 4 recordings on the DVR, the oldest of which is basically a null recording. All of the episode information is displayed but no content is actually recorded. The remaining recordings contain recorded content of varying lengths. Tonight, this occured with 4 shows I have scheduled to record. The VMS1100 rebooted 4 times during each recording. But that's not all. In the event that a full episode is recorded, the DVR will reboot at random during playback. Resume playback once rebooted and the DVR will reboot yet again. Watch live TV and the DVR will reboot. Somedays are worse than others, but the story is always the same. Reboot after reboot after reboot.
If it's not rebooting itself, it's freezing playback at random. Doesn't matter if it's live or DVR content.
I've tried everything to no avail. Verizon is sending a new VMS1100
On the brighter side, I haven't noticed the lag between remote and DVR.
I'm planning on switching to FIOS Quantum, and get 2 VMS1100 boxes. But after reading this post, I'm worried. Are people still having problems like these??
Most of the issues people started above were corrected with the last update, however the most common issue some do still see is what's called a "memory leak" where the ram doesn't go back to normal after using the dvr, guide, etc. so things can become sluggish. A reboot fixes it though as it clears the memory up.
There is a new major update coming out soon. It was supossed to be the end of this month however testing isn't going to well so things need to be fixed before they release it. Better to wait then to roll it out with issues. Quantum uses html5 so it's a big more complex then the old boxes which use Java. New rumor for the update is mid June, but until they start rolling it out there's no actual set date. I honestly I havent had any major issues since Quantum came out. RIght now things works smoothly and I'm happy with it.
It's hard to say if those who still see issues is an isolated thing or something else.
Do you really need 12 tuners?
Or do you just want the space?
No, I don't need 12 tuners. (I can't imagine that anyone really does.)
Right now, I have Dish Network, and my wife loves the ability to save shows on an external hard drive. We have 3 or 4 external drives with stuff on them. Other than the FIOS VMS, I am also looking at the Dish Network Hopper and joey combination. The Hopper has a 2 TB HDD, and the ability to offload shows.
05-23-2015 08:03 AM - edited 05-23-2015 08:04 AM
Keep in mind that the Quantum VMS currently does not support external drives.
I want to add my voice to this thread. I "upgraded" to Quantum (DVR and 2 STB's), and although I like the added capacity and ability to record multiple channels simultaneously, the USER EXPERIENCE IS TERRIBLE.
This is just an example (entering 6-0-0 for CNN). ALL entries using the remote result in a slow or totally unresponsive response. I can press 6 (wait a coup0le of seconds) 0 (nothing happens), 0 again (nothing happens), then 0 again, and maybe it will register the entry. No the batteries are fine. I can see the display register an entry (flicker), but the box just sits there. Sometimes it "wakes up" and suddenly the DVR or STB will register 6000 ... like it was buffering all the times I entered a 0. When I press DVR, it takes several seconds to load recorded programs. I can press record and it can take 10 seconds or so to respond ... so long that I'm unsure the response was even received.
Even worse, sometimes I press a 0 one time, but the STB (or DVR) responds with multiple 0s.
I'm afraid that the Quantum "architecture" may be flawed, or just under-powered. By this I mean the Quantum STBs are just "extensions" of the DVR. I believe all the processing is done by the DVR ..., i.e., the STBs are not autonomous and require the DVR to do the bulk of the work. This is why if you're using all the STBs while also trying to record on the DVR, the number of channels that you can record are reduced by the number of STBs that are active. I haven't actually tested this, but that's what I suspect. So if you have 5 STBs, and all are "on", the number of channels you can record at the same time is reduced by 5.
I'm hoping that I'm wrong, and the UI lagging problem is a software problem and is being addressed by Verizon. I don't consideer this a Premium Service given this problem.