— This is an update to my original review. Check it out here. —
I’ve had the service for a couple weeks now, so I thought I’d post my thoughts after I’ve had some time to really put it to the test.
First off, the HD picture on the HD channels in incredible. I know for sure it’s much better than what we had with DirecTV. The locals are a slight bit grainier than the national channels, but it’s not distracting. I’ve found that I only really want to watch stuff in HD on the 52″ screen. Verizon just added a new HD channel, MHD (Music HD with MTV, VH1, and CMT). I didn’t hear anything about it. It just showed up in the guide.
The downside to the great picture is the amount of space it takes up on the DVR. The SD shows don’t take up much space at all (maybe 1% per hour or so), but the HD shows hog a ton of space. For example, right now we have 8 hours of HD shows and 2 hours of SDÂ shows recorded. It’s taking up 45% of the recording space (160 GB). I don’t mind too much, since it just means I need to make sure to watch my recorded shows quickly. It could become a problem when we’re on vacation, though. I’ll take the limited recording space, for now, because I know the reason it takes up so much space is that the signal isn’t overly compressed. Hopefully Verizon will relase a DVR with a bigger hard drive sometime.
There are two problems that we’ve had using the DVR so far. Sometimes it won’t respond to ff/rw/play commands quickly. It’s annoying right now and if it keeps happening I’ll be calling Verizon to complain. The other problem has been FF/RW recorded HD shows. In the FF1/RW1 speeds the DVR doesn’t really move quickly.
Other than those two problems, it’s functioned fine. It hasn’t missed any scheduled recordings and overall has been satisfactory. I’ll post if I call Verizon about the DVR issues.