Apparently I am not the only one having this problem. At first I was thinking it was my Vizio 42" 1080p LCD television having the problem with displaying 1080i resolution. Today I found out that the issue is with Verizon's FIOS Interactive Media Guide on the Motorola's QUIP6416-2 HD/DVR supporting 1080i resolution properly and not the Vizio VU42LF's fault.
Here is what I am talking about in the below picture, notice the green vertical bar on the LCD screen on the right side that the arrow is pointing towards.
How did I find out? First off, the problem only exists when I am on an actual channel that is broadcasting in high definition -- say ABC HD or ESPNHD. The problem does not exist on other channels when running in the 1080i mode. At first I tried to see if the issue was with the positioning on the screen. While I could mask most of the issues by moving the screen to the right -- it messed up the pictures on the other pages.
Then another oddity -- my Sony Projection Television did not have the same symptoms running at 1080i, so I assumed it was a problem with the Vizio LCD television. After some research though, I have determined that is not the case.
Basically, because of the scanning / overscanning on projection type televisions -- they are not affected by this particular problem with the green line, and in some cases a partial picture on the left side. However, most LCD and plasma televisions experience this sort of issue with the Verizon FiOS IMG service.
Luckily, the issue does not happen on other resolutions including the 720p resolution on IMG. The picture below shows the television picture running at 720p without the annoying green line on the right side.
What's the fix? Currently there is not a fix for the 1080i resolution problem on the Verizon FiOS Interactive Media Guide system. However, I did speak with a technical support representative today to log the issue on my account. The representatvie stated that this was a known issue and will be fixed in the next patch or upgrade in 4-6 weeks. That and a few other "stability" fixes for the Motorola QUIP6416-2 and the IMG operating system.
I would recommend switching to 720p for the time being and then once the fix is out there, switching up to 1080i to enjoy it without the green line. I will be updating my site once the fix is out.
Are you also experiencing the Verizon FiOS green line issue on your television? If so, can you leave a comment with your television model number to help others?
Update: An IMG update was made to all Verizon FiOS boxes on 12/12/07, however that fix did not correct the 1080i and green line issue. Please click here for the details.
Update 2: An IMG update in October 2008 was made an has fixed the issue for most users. Click here for more information.
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