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FIOS and DCT700 Digital Adapters

Vollrock
01-02-2008, 11:52 AM
Just had FIOS installed and 2 sets with the older (cheaper) digital adapter Motorola DCT700. Everything worked fine when tech left. Next day I had to unplug the DCT700 to change from extension cord. While there are few visible functions of the DCT700 vs the other set top boxes we were able to view the channel numbers on screen when the channel changed. Now I can't. It is a nice confirmation that you got to the channel you wanted. Do I need to re-program or reset something with the DCT700 or the remote?

HenryFarpolo
01-03-2008, 05:29 AM
The DCT-700 is actually a new box for no frills applications. Did you press the INFO button on the remote?

Here is a link to the user guide for the 700, if you do not have one.

http://broadband.motorola.com/consumers/products/DCT700/downloads/DCT700_User_Guide.pdf

Vollrock
01-03-2008, 09:20 AM
I had pushed the info button without response. Do you think because the DCT700 had been unplugged that I would need to re-program the remote to it? I did have to re-program the remote to the TV but neglected to think about the set top box.

HenryFarpolo
01-03-2008, 10:26 AM
There should be no reason to re-program the remote. If it works to turn the box on/off it should be OK.

moose1025
02-07-2008, 07:28 AM
I have the same problem. Happened two days after the system was installed. Can someone help? Thanks.

digs5446
02-11-2008, 06:36 AM
Wondering if anyone can clear this up for me - when i get my free 19 inch TV it's gonna be our bedroom unit. I'm hesitant to pay another $10 and add a bulky, full-size STB on my dresser. Trying to choose between:

(1) hooking the coax directly to the TV and letting it program the channels (hopefully getting the locals in HD like I did when I had a basic Comcast signal in the house), or

(2) getting this "digital adapter" thingy.

Am I correct that the $3.99/mo adapter gives you a basic guide but NOT the full guide that I get on my regular STB? Would I get all the same channels except HD? I guess it would be silly to save a measly $6/mo and not be able to make full use of all 19 inches and fill the screen with HD content (no, i will not use the dreaded "stretch" feature, ever.)

JPL
02-11-2008, 07:03 AM
Wondering if anyone can clear this up for me - when i get my free 19 inch TV it's gonna be our bedroom unit. I'm hesitant to pay another $10 and add a bulky, full-size STB on my dresser. Trying to choose between:

(1) hooking the coax directly to the TV and letting it program the channels (hopefully getting the locals in HD like I did when I had a basic Comcast signal in the house), or

(2) getting this "digital adapter" thingy.

Am I correct that the $3.99/mo adapter gives you a basic guide but NOT the full guide that I get on my regular STB? Would I get all the same channels except HD? I guess it would be silly to save a measly $6/mo and not be able to make full use of all 19 inches and fill the screen with HD content (no, i will not use the dreaded "stretch" feature, ever.)

1) Yes, as long as the TV they give you has a QAM tuner in it, you'll get your locals (including SD, HD, and digital subchannels), and digital music channels (Music Choice and Urge).

2) Yes, the DTC700 gives you access to all the SD programming, but you won't get access to:

a) the guide data - no guide data at all - although I understand you get basic information for the channel that you're on (but I don't have one, so I don't know for sure)
b) VOD
c) widgets

digs5446
02-11-2008, 08:28 AM
Oh, I forgot to mention one thing - before when i had a live Comcast signal running into my TV (never ordered the service, it just worked), not only did I get local channels but also a bunch of national cables channels like Discovery, Comedy Central, Animal Planet, Bravo etc.

Do you think, now that the new signal is coming from Verizon and the old Comcast cable has been ripped out, I wont get those national channels if I run the coax straight to the TV? I definitely couldn't handle watching whatever I want in the main room only to crawl into bed and only have channels 1-50...no way, if that were the case I'll get the DTC700.

Guess I'll just wait and see...TV should arrive in the next 4-6 weeks I hope :)

JPL
02-11-2008, 10:06 AM
Oh, I forgot to mention one thing - before when i had a live Comcast signal running into my TV (never ordered the service, it just worked), not only did I get local channels but also a bunch of national cables channels like Discovery, Comedy Central, Animal Planet, Bravo etc.

Do you think, now that the new signal is coming from Verizon and the old Comcast cable has been ripped out, I wont get those national channels if I run the coax straight to the TV? I definitely couldn't handle watching whatever I want in the main room only to crawl into bed and only have channels 1-50...no way, if that were the case I'll get the DTC700.

Guess I'll just wait and see...TV should arrive in the next 4-6 weeks I hope :)

No, you won't get any of those national channels. I tried :) Comcast carries alot more in the clear than Verizon does. As far as I remember, you only get locals and music channels in the clear.

I do have a recommendation, though. If you're not going to watch both TVs at the same time, why not set up your main room TV's STB to also feed your bedroom TV? No, it's not ideal, but again if you're not going to watch both TVs at the same time (or you're not going to watch different shows at the same time on both TVs), then this may be a viable solution.

There are a number of options on this front. You can run a separate line all the way up to your bedroom, and feed it off one of the outputs on your STB in the main room. If you get an RF remote (I saw one at Circuit City pretty cheap - $30 - $35), you could control the STB from the bed room as well.

They also sell full wireless units. They vary widely in price but one nice feature is that you don't need to run any lines. You would hook up two units - one to your STB, and the second to your TV. Signals would go back and forth wirelessly. You can't run HD this way, but you'll get all your SD channels. Just a thought.

digs5446
02-11-2008, 10:27 AM
I do have a recommendation, though. If you're not going to watch both TVs at the same time, why not set up your main room TV's STB to also feed your bedroom TV?

Do you mean with a coax cable? I think the STB only has 1 HDMI output...guess I'm confused as to what would be running from the STB to my bedroom TV. Either way, as much as I appreciate the option, my wife would never let me run any kind of cable along the wall through several rooms, under doors, etc. Like most women, very anti-cables. I can't even have my 5.1 rig set up...limited to 2.0 until we build an addition with a "play room" :banghead:

JPL
02-11-2008, 11:44 AM
Yeah, I was going to propose running cable to your other room. You could use one of the other outputs from your STB to feed out to an rf modulator, and feed that to the coax.

But since your wife is averse to that, how about something like this:

http://www.firefold.com/Products/24-GHz-Wireless-Video-Sender__PVVS1.aspx

It runs totally wirelessly. Radio Shack has a couple of these units as well - including a very nice one that runs about $250.

digs5446
02-11-2008, 12:06 PM
wow, thanks for the suggestion. had no idea such things existed! Will there be image problems like fuzz when using an old antenna?

JPL
02-11-2008, 12:20 PM
wow, thanks for the suggestion. had no idea such things existed! Will there be image problems like fuzz when using an old antenna?

I'll be honest, I've never used any of these systems, so I don't know how good they are, what their range is, and so on. Again, you can't get HD with them, but if your receiver is an HD receiver, you can get a downrezzed version of the HD channels on your other TV (the HD STB downconverts the RCA and S-video outputs to 480i), so you could at least get those stations on your other tv. The units that radio shack has are supposed to be pretty good, but they are pricier. In my opinion, for $59 I'd be inclined to take a shot at it.

digs5446
02-11-2008, 12:35 PM
yeah, i mean heck - i'd pay the extra $10 a month for a second HD box before I drop $250 on an expensive wireless video sender. pretty cool nonetheless.

Hotkeyfann
02-11-2008, 01:40 PM
TV should arrive in the next 4-6 weeks I hope :)

Just a heads up for you and anyone else who is wondering how long it takes to get the free TV once you sign up...

For me it took 3 weeks from the install to receive the congrats your due a reward letter...

I chose the TV as a gift for mom and on the rewards site it said the TV would take 6-10 weeks

Overall that would mean 9-13 weeks from ones install currently

With the 08' 1st quarter demand lets hope Sharp can keep up production unless verizon is willing to substitute Sonys instead :D

PJL2
02-11-2008, 02:13 PM
Does anyone know the exact model of the LCD that they're giving away with the promotion? I'm waiting for mine too, and would like to research what I'm supposed to be getting. Thanks.

Hotkeyfann
02-11-2008, 02:28 PM
Does anyone know the exact model of the LCD that they're giving away with the promotion?

No "official word" from Verizon.. but I'm 99% sure it's this one here:

http://www.amazon.com/Sharp-LC19SB24U-720p-HDTV-Black/dp/B000V68JUG

http://www.circuitcity.com/ccd/productDetail.do?oid=193350&WT.mc_n=3&WT.mc_t=U&cm_ven=COMPARISON%20SHOPPING&cm_cat=CNET&cm_pla=DATAFEED-%3EPRODUCTS&cm_ite=1%20PRODUCT&cm_keycode=3