09-07-2008 12:28 PM
09-07-2008 02:06 PM
The answer is very clear:
1) If you have the 1.5 level of the IMG, then no, the Multi-Room DVR function does not work with HD STBs, only SD STBs.
2) If you have the 1.6 level of the IMG, then yes, the Multi-Room DVR function does work with HD STBs and SD STBs. As I understand it, this level also provides the ability to schedule/manage the DVR from the web.
What level of the IMG you have depends on where you live, Verizon is gradually upgrading areas (VHOs), generally one or two a week, much of the country has already been updated. You can check your IMG level: Menu ==> Settings ==> System Info, the Release value tells you what level you have.
I do not yet have the 1.6 level, so I have no experience with it. And keep in mind that the Multi-Room capability is an additional orederable feature on the DVR, although the function is apparently already in the DVR, it just needs to be activated by Verizon.
Verizon FiOS TV, Internet, and phone
09-09-2008 10:54 AM
Well, I had FIOS installed about 2 weeks ago, and it was made clear from the outset that the Home Media HD-DVR would NOT work with the HD Set-top boxes, but ONLY with the SD Set-top boxes. With 2 HDTVs, that was unacceptable, and with the tiny hard drive on the DVR, I opted for ONE Home Media DVR, which "talks" to my SD Set-top box on my analog TV, and a separate HD-DVR at the second HD TV. The down side is that I cannot share recordings between all of my TVs, but I do have double the recording space.
Interestingly, I have had IMG Release 1.6 since the beginning, and the agent from whom I ordered and the installer BOTH said that the Home Media DVR would not work with an HD Set-top box, so I wonder if you are correct, Justin? I have not had a straight HD Set-top box connected, so I can't really test to confirm or refute your claim. I just believed them. (By the way, there is no hardware difference between the HD DVR and the Home Media DVR. Just different software activated)
Until the recording capacity is significantly increased, by either allowing external hard drives via USB or eSATA, or by upgrading the internal Hard Drive, I'm likely to keep my current setup.
09-09-2008 11:19 AM
09-09-2008 11:23 AM
09-09-2008 01:01 PM
"Why can't I get a straight answer re: Multi Room DVR and HD Boxes"
Because if you ask 100 people the same question over and over you get thousands of different answers.
A simple serach on Google provided the following;
What are the Home Media DVR system requirements?
Here is the web address;
Good luck to you!!!
09-09-2008 02:19 PM - edited 09-09-2008 02:20 PM
And that info is out of date, whether it is on Verizon's website or not. If you have the latest level of the IMG (1.6), then, as confirmed one post above yours, that the HD STB is now supported, and works. This has been posted in multiple posts on multiple forums, so I believe that it is accurate. But I do not have the 1.6 level so I cannot confirm that personally, I can only repeat what other posters in this and other forums have said. For example:
Note that the last one is a Verizon site.
Verizon FiOS TV, Internet, and phone
09-09-2008 04:08 PM - edited 09-09-2008 04:11 PM
I would except NOTHING on dslreports as gospel even though i am a regular contributor there. The only link i would trust that you supplied is the Verizon link and then only 50% of the time.. I do not have the Hyperlink inside of my account to verify what you have reported i also do not as of yet have the 1.6 upgrade and even when i do i can live without Multiroom DVR for now. It was reported on dslreports that MA was suppose to get it today, we didnt!
Thanks for the clearification, make that 2 thousand and two different explainations 🙂