Does anyone have any suggestions for turning on the DVR in the middle of a sports broadcast (that I am recording) and NOT having it show the score? As everything turns on, the sound and video are playing, of course. If I'm fast, I can try and mute the sound, and cover my eyes. Then, I usually hit menu, and try to cover the picture in picture of the game in the top right while I navigate to the DVR menu. Is there a better way to do this?
I would think that as with most TV providers, when the set top box (and/or TV are/) is turned on, the Verizon FiOS STB will display the current live programming of the channel previously viewed. Hence, if you last watched a game on ESPN or CBS on your FiOS DVR then as soon as you turn on that particular STB, that channel's feed is presented right away.
If I am understanding your question correctly, if you are prone to watching sports games and would rather not see the live feed immediately shown (which would display the playing teams' current scores), a simple fix would be to remember to change the channel to one that would not usually show games (for example, a news or weather channel, etc.), and do this step prior to turning off the TV (and/or STB).
This way, if you intend to merely watch a recorded program (and not the live feed) then you can just click 'DVR' without having to pay attention to what's on the background-- live TV.
Remember that if you are recording one (1) show, then you don't have to stay on that channel while the program is being recorded. The restriction to 'watch a show while recording' only applies if you have two (2) shows being recorded at the same time on the DVR.
You can create a recording through Guide, OR via the search function, OR by a manual recording, OR via the easy record button for live TV, and then afterwards when you've confirmed that the show is scheduled to record, then you can go about your merry way of watching other TV programs.
How would I go to the program in the guide and hit the record button? My TV is OFF when I start. The program I do NOT want to see is currently on the active tuner being shown, and comes on as soon as my TV turns on.