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Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Earl Bonovich, Oct 10, 2006.
Just below this on in the list.
It's right below this one.
thanks as always Earl for your immediate response!
I'm not sure if this has already been discussed, but I have a slight gripe about the HR20.
Is there a way to opt out of seeing the "Searching for satellite signal in 1/2" message? It was continually flashing on the screen on Wed. nite while I was watching a recorded show. With TiVo, that message only flashed when I was watching Live TV.
If there isn't a way to opt out, does anyone know if D* is putting this in as a fix?
This POS is quickly becoming a PITA. Today I'm sitting watching Y&R and the sound goes out. I switched to SD and continued watching. Once my soaps were over I started playing around, now all of my HD locals are gone, they are in the guide but you can't tune to them. If you tune to them you get into the infinite searching for satellite loop. I checked my signal strengths for Satellite 99 and they are all 0 (zero). Other HD channels are fine. The dish didn't move, there is not a cloud in the sky, I've reset twice, but nothing works. The actual stations are working because if I switch to my OTA input they are all fine. AHHHHHHHHH!
I take it that you don't have another box to test?
Did a restart correct it?
Have you bypassed a multiswitch, or the B-Band converts that may have gone bad?
Given the consistent anomalies with the B-Band Converters that a lot of folks are running into do you think D* will ever just stop shipping them? The HR20 technically already provides this capability with the FTM capabilities of the satellite tuner, but it's just not enabled (I still think it might be in some cases based upon my experiences).
As an FYI, my searching for satellite messages completely disappeared with both my original and replacement receivers by simply removing the converters.
No I have reset now three times, I am presently on hold with DTV and of course their response is to do a reset, so I'm sitting waiting.
From what I have been told by DTV the B-Band converters are also needed by the Hi-Def channels like ESPN and ESPN2 and they work fine, it's just Sat 99 that is giving me problems.
Hmmmm, perhaps we have a culprit for many of these problems that I haven't seen brought up much before....the B-band converters.
I took the b-band off and tried it that way and still no go on local HD channels. Other HD channels are fine without the b-band. DTV s sending someone out between 8-12 on Monday, she said it sounds like one of my LNB's went bad.
Well, and you know the trouble I've seen with the HR20, I just went down and turned on my Hitachi, checked another 4 shows I recorded, and moved around the dial, and no issues. And this is after I removed the BBCs last night, as noted, after a lockup/reset. I just don't know. I did get a scare with The Tao of Steve (great flick) from IFC, as the play button brought up a black screen, but I hit FF and the picture came on.
I just don't know. I think I need about 4-5 straight days of no-issue HR20 action to be convinced. It's all so unpredictable.
It is just very frustrating that tech support doesn't know their sheet! She told me the B-Band are required for all HD programming, which is obviously false because when I took them off I still didn't get my HD locals, but I did get the other HD cable channels. So it's either that my B-Bands both went bad at the same time, which I find very unlikely, or the LNB that gets the satellite 99 feed went bad.
Got to love the Audio Dropouts on recorded MPEG 4 Channels. I am running Audio through Digital Optical Output
Were these 4 shows you recorded without the B-Band local broadcasts or cable broadcasts?
The B Bands are not required, right Earl? I'd say it's your LNB, not anything in the box. That's an extreme issue, it seems.
Both (actually five). A couple of local MPEG-4 channels, and a couple of regular SD channels, and one MPEG-2 channel (HBO HD).
Right now, they are not required.
OK, another report on the Fast Forward issues.
First, I have these problems with FF on programs recorded both before and after the last update.
I have the pixel problem everyone else has reported.
When I stop FF the playback jumps forward several seconds. If I rewind and stop the playback jumps back several seconds. So it is just about impossible to stop the playback at any one particular point. Also I have noted that when this happens the timeline at the bottom of the screen is inconsistent. What I mean is, suppose that a particular frame is at 10 minutes when I play it. If I FF and then rewind and then play again, when I eventually get to the same place in the program it is at a different point on the timeline, say 9 minutes. No consistency in the time difference by the way.
As someone who has spent much of his life testing software, my first guess would be that the sync betwen the timeline and the displayed program is being lost. When I rewind, the software rewinds 1.5 minutes of program (let's say) but thinks it has rewound two minutes, so it starts playing again from the minus 2 minute mark which is half a minute too early.
When the HR20's FTM is enabled and it's used with an FTM multiswitch, you are correct in that it will not require a BBC module. But even when FTM is enabled, it will still require BBCs in "legacy" two-cable setups.
What is a BBC ? Is it the filter item that they put inline from the dish to the setop ? I have one on each of the lines coming itno my HR20 and one for the line into my H20. I asked the installer what these filters did and he had no idea. I call them "filters" but have no idea what they are.....little grey rectangular box.