Verizon FiOS conducting trials with new Motorola DVR set-top boxes that are higher capacity, more energy-efficient

Verizon FiOS conducting trials with new Motorola DVR set-top boxes that are higher capacity, more energy-efficient

Summary: Verizon is rolling out new Motorola DVR set-top boxes to select customers that promise to be "greener" than the competition. Motorola claims that the Motorola QIP7232 is 20-percent more energy efficient than current boxes, and are built with "environmentally preferred materials" that don't contain lead or mercury.

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Verizon is rolling out new Motorola DVR set-top boxes to select customers that promise to be "greener" than the competition. Motorola claims that the Motorola QIP7232 is 20-percent more energy efficient than current boxes, and are built with "environmentally preferred materials" that don't contain lead or mercury.

Eco-friendly doesn't mean these are feature-poor set-top units. In addition to a faster processor and more memory, the QIP7232 also doubles the capacity of current FiOS boxes to 320GB. Unfortunately, there isn't any other whiz-bang functionality built into the devices, and your HDTV is probably a much bigger energy hog than your set-top box, but at least some people out there can say they're getting a new model while the rest of us make do with five-year-old technology.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Verizon

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  • 320 GB means it has almost 1/3 the capacity of any of my TiVo boxes.

    My TiVo boxes can also be used on Fios.

    Not that I have Fios, but is the Motorola box all that much more energy efficient than my TiVo boxes?
    Letophoro
  • RE: Verizon FiOS conducting trials with new Motorola DVR set-top box that are higher capacity, more energy-efficient

    Geez - Really! After all this time, all we get is 320GB! Spend $50 more and put in 1TB. I hope this box will be expandable (unlike the old).
    rb5563
    • At least 1TB

      or even better 2TB... That way we can record in HD and have more than a few shows recorded at a time... 3 people in the house each with very different tastes in TV the current drive does not cut it, 320GB is just a tease, 1TB would be a step in the right direction, but 2TB would be great IMHO... or at the very least make it upgradable by allowing us to add a second internal drive and/ or an external drive...
      athynz
  • RE: Verizon FiOS conducting trials with new Motorola DVR set-top box that are higher capacity, more energy-efficient

    Still a lame, oversized boat anchor with an undersized hard drive, running the same lame, buggy IMG software as the current boat anchors.
    fpmacko
  • RE: Verizon FiOS conducting trials with new Motorola DVR set-top box that are higher capacity, more energy-efficient

    320GB, thats all? Where are the 1 or2TB drives out today? This is cheap to me and nothing new here.
    QuietStormX
  • RE: Verizon FiOS conducting trials with new Motorola DVR set-top box that are higher capacity, more energy-efficient

    FINALLY!!! The current DVRs' hardrive is always spinning sucking up energy! Atleast I can power off my TV, but you can not completly power off a verizon DVR without unplugging it. That is annoying in a home with 3 (basement, family room, bedroom).
    ronjohn78
  • RE: Verizon FiOS conducting trials with new Motorola DVR set-top box that are higher capacity, more energy-efficient

    if you need more than 320gb then you're watching way too much tv. perhaps you should live life, not watch it (not directed to anyone specificially, just food for thought)...
    eddieray54
  • RE: Verizon FiOS conducting trials with new Motorola DVR set-top box that a

    Just got mine! You can not power this box down without unplugging it. It still consumes power when in "standby mode", which is the only "off" option. Not sure why you can not power these Verizon DVRs down without unplugging them. So much for green I guess.
    ronjohn78