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Audio dropouts?


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#21 OFFLINE   ndole

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Posted 09 November 2009 - 02:52 PM

Lots of dropouts during the Venture Bros. last night. To the point that the return from break had nearly a minute of full silence. Funny though, it was only during the actual show. No dropouts during the commercial break.


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Waited all that time for a new season, and it was almost unwatchable. I thought it was an issue with that receiver, so i huffed and puffed my way to the bedroom (where I have it recorded on the other HR unit) and saw that it had identical dropouts. LAME!:mad:
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#22 OFFLINE   brucegrr

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Posted 09 November 2009 - 03:54 PM

Drop-outs here too. Annoying.

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Posted 09 November 2009 - 08:30 PM

No dropouts during the commercial break.


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#24 OFFLINE   berniec

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Posted 09 November 2009 - 10:20 PM

TONS of dropouts, every few minutes, during Monday Night Football on ESPN.

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Posted 10 November 2009 - 06:11 AM

TONS of dropouts, every few minutes, during Monday Night Football on ESPN.


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Posted 10 November 2009 - 06:22 AM

TONS of dropouts, every few minutes, during Monday Night Football on ESPN.


Me too!

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Posted 10 November 2009 - 08:37 AM

Me too!


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#28 OFFLINE   Doug Brott

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Posted 10 November 2009 - 09:10 AM

When you guys say "dropout" are you referring to the screen getting black and audio stopping completely for 3-5 seconds?
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#29 OFFLINE   Bill Broderick

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Posted 10 November 2009 - 09:38 AM

^ I just have the audio drop for 2-3 seconds. My screen doesn't go black. If it appears that I'm missing something important, I rewind a little, turn closed captioning on and read what I've missed.

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Posted 10 November 2009 - 10:49 AM

I've seen issues like this, and maybe it's just my TV that goes black so both audio and video are out for a few seconds. I'm pretty sure this is from the source, probably during the encoding phase. It's probably just happening on the MPEG4 channels (mostly HD, bu some SD). Either way, this is not a software issue on the STB. Doesn't mean it's not a problem and not happening, though.

I see it happen rather infrequently, especially over the last 2-3 weeks .. even before that, it was not often. Could be that equipment is being changed out and tweaked and we are seeing these momentary hiccups. Hopefully it will continue to improve as we move forward.
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#31 OFFLINE   Bill Broderick

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Posted 10 November 2009 - 01:03 PM

I'm pretty sure this is from the source, probably during the encoding phase. It's probably just happening on the MPEG4 channels (mostly HD, bu some SD). Either way, this is not a software issue on the STB.


I don't agree. The drop outs are not consistent from box to box. Just the other day, I had the same program recorded on two different HD DVR's. A drop out that occurred on one box, did not occur on the other.

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Posted 10 November 2009 - 02:37 PM

Lots of audio dropout on (my recording of) MNF on ESPNHD last night for me too. Almost always audio only, but there were a couple of times that it was accompanied by a blank (black) screen as well. When rewinding, they were always in the same spot (with the same duration and quality), suggesting that it happened during recording, not during playback.

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Posted 10 November 2009 - 02:58 PM

I don't agree. The drop outs are not consistent from box to box. Just the other day, I had the same program recorded on two different HD DVR's. A drop out that occurred on one box, did not occur on the other.


I've seen the dropouts occur during Live TV at the exact same time on 2 different STBs attached to two different dish distribution systems (one SWM, one WB68 attached to two separate dishes on my roof). What I saw may not be what is being described here, but it sure sounds similar.
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Posted 10 November 2009 - 03:07 PM

I've seen the dropouts occur during Live TV at the exact same time on 2 different STBs attached to two different dish distribution systems (one SWM, one WB68 attached to two separate dishes on my roof). What I saw may not be what is being described here, but it sure sounds similar.


I can't help but wonder if it's not the retransmission from DirectTV rather than the source material. I get it on our HD locals a lot, but my friends watching either OTA or via cable don't seem to see (hear?) it happening.
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Posted 10 November 2009 - 03:11 PM

Lots of audio dropout on (my recording of) MNF on ESPNHD last night for me too. Almost always audio only, but there were a couple of times that it was accompanied by a blank (black) screen as well. When rewinding, they were always in the same spot (with the same duration and quality), suggesting that it happened during recording, not during playback.


To me, the fact that replaying where the dropout occurred, suggests that Directv's transmission or ESPN is at fault & not the boxes.
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Posted 10 November 2009 - 03:32 PM

To me, the fact that replaying where the dropout occurred, suggests that Directv's transmission or ESPN is at fault & not the boxes.


I think your likely correct, however, the fact that it is in the recording could also suggest it was a hiccup in the box (momentary lack of resources??) as the recording was happening. But, as I said, I think you are likely correct. Now if we could correlate the same hiccup on multiple boxes, well, then....

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Posted 10 November 2009 - 03:41 PM

I'm getting audio studder intermittently from both live and recorded broadcasts on my HR receiver. Using the replay function on the remote corrects the problem. I don't use the SD receivers enough to know if it happens there too.

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Posted 10 November 2009 - 06:46 PM

When you guys say "dropout" are you referring to the screen getting black and audio stopping completely for 3-5 seconds?


I'm reporting just an audio drop, video held fine, with no hint of a disruption. It's easy to confuse a lot of these issues (hence your request for clarification), but in this particular case, it is a very clean audio drop, just like a hole was punched in the stream. No stutter, no accompanying video issue, just a clean hole.

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Posted 10 November 2009 - 06:49 PM

Yup. As hasan said. Just an audio drop. Nothing else skips a beat.

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Posted 10 November 2009 - 07:03 PM

Like Hasan said. No video disruption. No brrrpp. Just a brief spot of no sound 2-4 seconds long. This is an every day occurrence for me and multiple channels.




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