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Old 02-26-2012, 09:45 AM   #1  
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1) Yes, CallerID on the TV is available. Its unbelievable how many people dont know this. Go into the MENU > SETTINGS > NOTIFICATIONS > CALLERID > CHECK AVAILABILITY > press right arrow to highlight ACCEPT, press OK. It should work in 24-48 hours.

If it should be working already, and its not working, FIRST go to MENU button- SETTINGS - NOTIFICATIONS - CALLER ID - ALERT DISPLAY - Choose DISABLE. Then reboot your STB, MENU button - CUSTOMER SUPPORT - IN-HOME AGENT- REBOOT STB. After it reboots, go back to the CallerID ALERT DISPLAY, and ENABLE IT. Should start working within 24 hours.

2) If you have a High Def TV, and dislike how your TV hesitates, or goes blank when you go from High Def to Standard channels (& vice versa) , you can alleviate this by making ALL channels a high def resolution. Go to MENU > SETTINGS >AUDIO &VIDEO > VIDEO SETTINGS> SD OVERRIDE , choose OFF.

3) On the remotes, hitting the # button will ZOOM in to fill your screen. The first 2 presses STRETCHES the picture, the 3rd PRESS is a ZOOM. ZOOM will not be a fattening of the picture. I hate STRETCH !

Hitting the * button will turn on your CC (closed captioning) , so be careful this is not hit accidentally. If it is turned on accidentally, continue hitting * until its says OFF (upper right corner of TV). On the older (4 power button) remotes, just be sure to be on STB mode button.

4 ) While in the guide, you can skip 24 hours at a time by hitting the fast forward button. >> (or rewind << ) Its a lot better than hitting right-arrow 1000 times or holding it down. The curved arrow will jump 30 seconds.

5) People that have the premium movie channels, HBO, SHOWTIME STARZ etc, you have access to a LOT of FREE movies on-demand. Its incredible how many don’t realize this. ON-DEMAND > PREMIUM CHANNELS > choose the channels you’re subscribed to.

On a side-note, people should really experiment with the On-demand FREE section, there is a LOT of free on-demand. IN addition to dozens of cable channels, broadcast stations ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX have on-demand selections as well. Not all shows are available, whatever the stations want to give you. You cannot fast forward through some on-demand. There is a LOT of kids stations on-demand as well. The on-demand selections can save some DVR space if you have one.

6) People subscribed to HBO, Showtime or Cinemax can subscribe to HBOGO, CinemaxGO, and ShowtimeAnytime for free. You can stream movies /shows to your laptop/smartphone. http://www.hbogo.com/ , http://www.maxgo.com/ http://www.showtimeanytime.com/

7) On our FiOS DVRs, you can play back live TV and recordings in slow motion by pressing PAUSE then FAST FORWARD or REWIND. There is only one speed, works fine with me on close calls in baseball games.

You can also advance or go back a frame at a time by hitting PAUSE and then the jump forward or back buttons (the ones above the FF and REW buttons on the remote) Thx Justin

8) If you have a smart-phone, you can access your DVR from anywhere. Check out the FiOS TV apps for your phone https://www22.verizon.com/fiostv/web...ps_mobile.aspx

Also, you can sign into the Verizon.net website from anywhere and access your DVR as well.

9) For those who still have a regular phone line (POTS) working on your FiOS, Verizon started up conversions to "Digital Voice". You can save like $6-$8 a month in taxes and fee's; depends where you live. You will have to dial area code for all calls when you have Digital Voice.

Digital Voice, and the necessary 10 digital dialing can create an issue of you have a house alarm line. When an alarm goes off, the alarm equipment makes an outgoing call to the alarm co. If the alarm equipment is currently set to to dial a 7 digit number, the alarm will NOT work. If the equipment already dials area code, or a 800 # , Digital Voice will work fine. Call your alarm company to find out what your system is doing. They may just have to program it remotely for 10 digit dialing. NOTE: In some FiOS areas, digital voice no longer requires 10 digit dialing, its back to 7.


10) If you pick up your phone and hear a "stutter dialtone" (broken sounding) it means you have a waiting voicemail message. If you use an answering machine, and DO NOT want voicemail service, call the office to have voicemail removed from your line. To initially set up voicemail, dial *86 on your phone and the temporary password is the last 4 digits of the phone#



11) The battery backup will power your phone service for like 8 hours during a power outage if you opted for the battery. This will be of no use to cordless phones as they need power to work. If you have a cheap, old-style corded phone, it will work if you lose power. For some new installations ( currently supported by Alcatel ONTs) , Verizon now has a battery backup called "power reserve" which supplies about 25 hours of backup, on 12 ordinary D batteries.

12) If you have a back-up generator, and you back up the ONT, ALL of your services will work during a power outage with FioS. This is a big advantage over the cable company, their fiber nodes are powered by the electric company in your neighborhood somewhere. Im fairly certain they are not backed up. If there is a widespread outage, you wont have any services from cable. With FiOS, you have fiber optics all the way from your house to Verizons central office.

13) For those who wonder what the " FiOS TV" button is used for, that's your LIVE button for DVR's.


14) Many channels can be streamed to various wireless devices, see http://www22.verizon.com/home/livetv

15) Have a friend/family member that wants to order FiOS? cash in on the deal and earn other rewards For a triple play, you get $25, and they get $25. http://www.verizon.com/home/MLP/myrewards.html . MAKE SURE you place the referral BEFORE the order is placed. Additionally, if you want to be sure activation fee's are waived, place the order online.


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Newest IMG changes.

a) For people who have regular Tube TV's, and have an HD boxed connected (7100, 7216, 7232) , and have your information bar is pushed off the side of the TV, it is probably because you have your "Graphic Settings" set to HD. Go to MENU - SETTINGS- AUDIO & VIDEO - VIDEO SETTINGS - GRAPHIC SETTING - Switch to SD

Conversely, if you have an HDTV, and the information bar does NOT fully extend to the sides, your GRAPHIC SETTINGS are likely set to SD, switch it.

6416 and 6200 boxes, don’t have a GRAPHIC SETTING, you're stuck with SD settings. You don’t get a full screen guide as well.


b) People who had Multi-room DVR BEFORE conversion to 1.9, may not realize that they can presently set up recordings from ANY SET TOP BOX.

c) A neat addition of 1.9 is CHAPTERING for the DVR. As youre watching a recorded program, hit the UP arrow on the remote. Cool huh?

d) Some people who have multi-room DVR can add on an external hard drive for more recording space. Connects via eSATA port on rear of DVR. (7216 and 7232 only) Get your info here http://www22.verizon.com/residential...ta/129841.htm? .. Not currently supported by Quantum TV , (VMS1100)

Quantum TV basic notes:

The new Quantum TV DVR's are essentially $10 more for "Enhanced" up to 6 records at once, or $20 for "Premium", up to 12 shows at once. When one switches to quantum, all STB's in the house are changed out. (You may keep any DCT adapters, or cable card devices)
Quantum Servers are the brains of the setup. The other boxes are called "Clients" and are much, much smaller than traditional cable boxes (They all have digital displays with clocks)
With Enhanced Service, a maximum of 5 TVs are allowed (plus DCT's or other cable card equipment). Enhanced service consists of ONE VMS Server, and a maximum of FOUR clients. Premium service consists of TWO VMS Servers, and maximum 8 clients.
Quantum Servers come with a 1000Gig (1TB) hard drive.
All boxes essentially act just like a DVR including the ability to pause/rewind live tv in any room.

More detailed info can be found here : http://www.verizon.com/home/fiosquantumtv

If anyone has anything to add, feel free !

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Where is part 1?
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Old 02-26-2012, 12:49 PM   #4  
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Just repeated, dont worry about the first, thanx !
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Old 02-26-2012, 02:01 PM   #5  
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Well, if anybody is interested, I have written a document called FiOS TV: Getting Started With Interactive Media Guide 1.9. Here is a link to a thread in the Verizon Forums where you can find the document:

http://forums.verizon.com/t5/Interac...-9/td-p/407095
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Old 02-28-2012, 07:16 AM   #6  
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with the On-demand FREE section, there is a LOT of free on-demand. Presently we have ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX.
I get DOZENS more to choose from than just those 4. Perhaps I am misunderstanding (sounds like GWB) what you are saying?
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I actually knew all of this from experimentation, but I can see where people would think that on demand would cost them extra. It's how I've been getting my fix of the Dothrahki Kahleesi... I mean Game of Thrones since I had missed the 1st season.
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Thank you for the SD OVERRIDE tip! My Vizio 552VL is a great TV for the money and does really well after calibration, but it's clearly not running the world's fastest CPU and the screen resolution change is slow enough to drive me nuts. I really appreciate this advice.

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With their phone service hit *78 and it turns off you ringer and takes a message if you want to nap, or do something even more interesting.
*79 returns the ringer.
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...it turns off you ringer and takes a message if you want to nap, or do something even more interesting.
What could be more interesting than watching HiDef content?

Just kidding.
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Belated thanks for the tip on turning off SD content.

I know I will soon find out but let me ask anyway:
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2) If you have a High Def TV, and dislike how your TV hesitates, or goes blank when you go from High Def to Standard channels (& vice versa) , you can alleviate this by making ALL channels a high def resolution. Go to MENU > SETTINGS > VIDEO SETTINGS > SD OVERRIDE > choose OFF.
Can I presume of all stations that do NOT have an HD feed, that they will come in as SD rather than being blanked out?
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Yes SD channels upscaled to HD resolution. If you currently have SD override set to stretch, it will no longer stretch, you will manually have to stretch/zoom sd channels by hitting # on the remote.
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Well it didn't work for me.

Perhaps I misunderstood. I thought that any stations would automatically be switched from SD to HD if both were available.
All turning off SD override did was to center the standard definition picture with black bars on each side...of no use to me. Perhaps I;ve heard a bit too much about "burn in" and perma black bars scare me.

If I am going to watch anything in SD I prefer STRECH.

Is the 480p any improvement?

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Yes, u misunderstood. Like I said, setting it to OFF gets rids of the TV adjustment, and you can simply fill the screen by hitting # sign to stretch, 3X's makes it ZOOM so the pictures are not distorted.

Its a matter of personal preference.
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