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Delay/white screen when changing channels

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by SBI, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. Jun 21, 2011 #1 of 236

    SBI AllStar

    Feb 20, 2004
    We are experiencing a white/light gray screen when changing channels. the delay is the longest when we switch the DVR on (wake it up), could last 20-30 seconds. We try to move the channel up/down, sometimes it helps but in most cases it doesn't. Later, after the DVR 'established' itself, there is still a delay although much shorter one.

    Any idea what this could be?
    We have two HR24 and one H24.

  2. Jun 21, 2011 #2 of 236

    BattleZone Hall Of Fame

    Nov 13, 2007
    With MPEG4 encoding, there is always some delay changing channels, as more of the content has to be downloaded before it can be decoded. And DVRs always add additional delay, because what you are watching is the output of the DVR buffer, not the live stream.

    But, you may also have Native mode set to On, which means your TV will have to switch resolutions whenever you change between channels that are in a different format. That alone can add several seconds of delay. For most folks, I recommend setting Native to Off, unchecking all resolutions except 1080, and setting the format to 1080i/Piller Box (or Stretch, if you must).
  3. Jun 21, 2011 #3 of 236

    lesz Legend

    Aug 3, 2010
    Ever since the last software download, I've noticed the same thing on both my HR22 and HR20. Both DVRs seem slower in responding to most commands, but it is especially noticeable when changing channels. At times, the delays on mine can be over 30 seconds before the new channel appears on the screen.
  4. Jun 21, 2011 #4 of 236

    tenpins AllStar

    Jan 19, 2010
    +1, very frustrating
  5. Jun 21, 2011 #5 of 236

    CraigerCSM Guest

    I get that sometimes also. I have native off. Happens when I use the number pad to change channels not the up and down button.
  6. Jun 21, 2011 #6 of 236

    richiephx Godfather

    Jan 18, 2006
    I, and others I know, are experiencing slow remote control response from the DVRs since the last update. Some times it takes 30 seconds just to get the program guide to move. I shouldn't have to reset the receiver multiple times a week to improve DVR performance. I don't buy some of the responses from the D* apologists on this site. As far as I am concerned, it's software related and D* doesn't do a very good job in their attempts to improve the user interface. They keep adding more and more bells and whistles at the expense of basic receiver functionality.
  7. Jun 21, 2011 #7 of 236
    Carl Spock

    Carl Spock Superfly

    Sep 3, 2004
    I also experience this but I have Native On so I'm used to a delay. It has gotten a lot longer lately.

    Sometime the white screen freezes and either I have to change to a new channel to restore the picture or I have to hit a macro I've programmed into my Harmony remote. It's called Reset and it pings the various inputs and settings for my TV and Yamaha A/V receiver. That gets my picture back. Having to hit this Reset button makes me wonder if this is a HDMI handshake issue.
  8. Jun 21, 2011 #8 of 236

    chrisfowler99 Legend

    Aug 23, 2006
    For mine I know it's not an HDMI handshake issue because I can bring up the info bar.

    Over the last several days I've noticed that when I first turn on (wake up) my HR-22 the first channel change takes 15-20 seconds. The screen blanks and the audio stays on the previous channel. If I hit "Info" it pops up the information for the new channel. Eventually that channel will tune in. Also an additional change of the channel will bring video.

    After that initial channel change everything returns to "normal".
  9. Jun 21, 2011 #9 of 236

    JeffBowser blah blah blah

    Dec 21, 2006
    I thought I was going nuts - I have also noticed extra long delays on channel changes lately, too.
  10. Jun 21, 2011 #10 of 236

    mini1 Icon

    Jan 25, 2004
    I'm seeing the same thing. Very slow channel changes as of just last week. The screen just goes grey and sometimes it take 30+ seconds for the channel to come up. If I hit channel +/- and come right back to the channel it loads in 5 seconds... tops. The guide has also slowed down a lot too.
  11. Jun 21, 2011 #11 of 236
    Carl Spock

    Carl Spock Superfly

    Sep 3, 2004
    Excellent observation. I hadn't thought about that. :)

    When the white screen freezes and I change channels to restore my picture, the info bar comes up over the white screen for a second. That means it isn't a HDMI handshake issue for me, too.

  12. Jun 21, 2011 #12 of 236

    bobnielsen Éminence grise DBSTalk Club

    Jun 29, 2006
    I am seeing this on my HR24, but the screen is black instead of white.
  13. Jun 21, 2011 #13 of 236

    lesz Legend

    Aug 3, 2010
    I haven't tried it myself. So, before I waste 10-15 minutes trying it, can someone report on whether or not resetting the DVR helps to solve the problem?
  14. Jun 21, 2011 #14 of 236
    Jeremy W

    Jeremy W Hall Of Fame

    Jun 19, 2006
    Not DirecTV's DVRs. Live is live.
  15. Jun 21, 2011 #15 of 236

    Getteau Icon

    Dec 19, 2007
    It's been really bad at my house today. I noticed it first thing today on my HR22-100. At first, I thought I was having rain fade and was waiting for the "waiting for signal ..." message to come up. I also saw it tonight on my HR24-500. Like others have mentioned, the info bar still works when the screen is black.
  16. Jun 22, 2011 #16 of 236

    nibyak Mentor

    Dec 7, 2005
    Rural VA
    If you have the color of your pillar/letterbox bars set to black the screen will be black. If they are set to grey, the screen will be grey.
  17. Jun 22, 2011 #17 of 236

    SBI AllStar

    Feb 20, 2004
    Wow...looks like there is indeed a wide-spread problem and I am not the only one noticing it.
    I did turn Native Off in one of the receivers, but I can't swear by any improvement. I'll keep monitoring it.
    Thanks for the feedback everyone.
  18. Jun 22, 2011 #18 of 236

    basenji007 New Member

    Nov 10, 2010
    Same here, big delay recently.
  19. Jun 22, 2011 #19 of 236

    74Cuda New Member

    May 3, 2010
    Same report from Oregon. It's been going on for about a week now.
  20. Jun 22, 2011 #20 of 236

    Indiana627 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 18, 2005
    Add me and my HR24 to the list. Really annoying.

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