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Problems with Nashville HD locals


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#1 OFFLINE   Spyfy

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Posted 14 May 2007 - 08:38 AM

For the last couple weeks my HD MPEG4 locals from Nashville have been pixelating really bad especially during primetime. Totally unwatchable. Today I get up and all I get is a black screen on those channels. No message on screen, no pixelation just a black screen.

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Posted 14 May 2007 - 08:43 AM

Post your transponder signals (all of them). Probably dish alignment, but with the signal levels we can tell better.

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Posted 14 May 2007 - 08:54 AM

101-All low to mid 90's
110-All mid 90's
119-Mid to low 90's except transponder 23 and 29 which are mid 70's
99- Tp1=95 Tp2=22 Tp3=96 Tp4=0 Tp5=95 Tp6=40
103-All 0's except Tp17 that is at 96

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Posted 14 May 2007 - 08:59 AM

Those appear to be decent signals. Have you done a reset on your receiver yet? How about a power cycle? What model receiver are you using (H20 or HR20)?

Might be time for a replacement.

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Posted 14 May 2007 - 09:08 AM

I can chime in here. I upgraded in JAN to the HR20 and the last few episodes of 24 recorded on channel 17 in MPEG 4 distorts so badly during some segments, it's unwatchable. I changed the weekly recording the 17-1 off air MPEG 2 with no problems.

Those appear to be decent signals. Have you done a reset on your receiver yet? How about a power cycle? What model receiver are you using (H20 or HR20)?

Might be time for a replacement.

Carl



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Posted 14 May 2007 - 09:09 AM

Those appear to be decent signals. Have you done a reset on your receiver yet? How about a power cycle? What model receiver are you using (H20 or HR20)?

Might be time for a replacement.

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I did a reset and they are working again. Now if the pixelation doesn't kick in again at night I'll be set.

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Posted 14 May 2007 - 09:37 AM

We had a LOT of pixelation on CBS last night - much like things were regularly when we first got our HR20 back in October. Signals had been MUCH better over the previous months as the locals here tweaked their feeds or encoders but the last few nights have been pretty crappy (and my signals are all mid-90s to 100 on the relevant transponders).

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Posted 14 May 2007 - 10:08 AM

Which transponders are relevant for Nashville?

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Posted 14 May 2007 - 12:04 PM

Which transponders are relevant for Nashville?


I don't know exactly. But the signals you have on 101 and 119 are in the correct range, which suggests that 99 and 103 should be good.

The fact that you have at least one transponder in the 90's on either 99 or 103 would be the one your locals are on. You have one on each, so can't tell which one are your locals, and which are another nearby market where you are getting the spot beam.

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Posted 14 May 2007 - 02:39 PM

I don't know exactly. But the signals you have on 101 and 119 are in the correct range, which suggests that 99 and 103 should be good.

The fact that you have at least one transponder in the 90's on either 99 or 103 would be the one your locals are on. You have one on each, so can't tell which one are your locals, and which are another nearby market where you are getting the spot beam.

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I know my locals pull of of the 99 sat but I'm unsure which transponders are used. Trying to figure out if maybe one of those showing low or no signal are an issue or normal.

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Posted 14 May 2007 - 04:45 PM

I also have problems with Nashville locals in the past couple of weeks, signal on 99 are in low to middle 90s

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Posted 14 May 2007 - 07:46 PM

I also have problems with Nashville locals in the past couple of weeks, signal on 99 are in low to middle 90s



I'm having the same issues tonight. Major pixelation on MPEG-4 locals. They are unwatchable. I'm getting fed up. CSR's are idiots.

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Posted 15 May 2007 - 08:36 PM

Any way to find out what transponders carry what channels?

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Posted 16 May 2007 - 10:28 AM

101-All low to mid 90's
110-All mid 90's
119-Mid to low 90's except transponder 23 and 29 which are mid 70's
99- Tp1=95 Tp2=22 Tp3=96 Tp4=0 Tp5=95 Tp6=40
103-All 0's except Tp17 that is at 96



Just had my 5LNB replaced with a Slimline. For those wondering about transponders on the 99 sat for Nashville, all are in use excpet 4. After replacing dish with the Slimline I'm now at 100 on most and high 70's to low 80's on #2 and #6 which were the ones that were really low before.

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Posted 16 May 2007 - 01:22 PM

For those wondering about transponders on the 99 sat for Nashville, all are in use excpet 4.


I don't believe that's correct - I think we in this area are just getting overlap from other 99 spots aimed at other nearby cities. I'm sure that ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, two PBS and a couple of independents (all but 4 of which are in SD) don't take up that much bandwidth.

On the other hand, D* is deliberately vague as to which transponders on which sats carry locals, as they have been known to tweak all of these things to maximize their bandwidth to specific regions.

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Posted 16 May 2007 - 02:09 PM

Just had my 5LNB replaced with a Slimline. For those wondering about transponders on the 99 sat for Nashville, all are in use excpet 4. After replacing dish with the Slimline I'm now at 100 on most and high 70's to low 80's on #2 and #6 which were the ones that were really low before.

The HD locals for each city come from only one transponder (in a couple of cities, two) on one satellite - for Nashville it's 99. There is no accurate list of transponders by city because DirecTV can and does move cities between transponders as it adds cities and changes the spotbeams. If your dish is aligned correctly you should see at least one transponder on 99 with a signal strength in the high 80s or preferably the 90s. The other transponders on 99, and all the transponders on 103, are for other cities.
If you have an H20 receiver you will have problems seeing the signal strengths on 99 and 103 even though you may be receiving them OK. There is a bug in the H20 - the H20-100 reports incorrectly on 99 and does not report 103 at all. The H20-600 reports 103 OK but does not report 99. The HR20 DVR reports both 99 and 103 OK.

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Posted 16 May 2007 - 04:14 PM

The HD locals for each city come from only one transponder (in a couple of cities, two) on one satellite - for Nashville it's 99. There is no accurate list of transponders by city because DirecTV can and does move cities between transponders as it adds cities and changes the spotbeams. If your dish is aligned correctly you should see at least one transponder on 99 with a signal strength in the high 80s or preferably the 90s. The other transponders on 99, and all the transponders on 103, are for other cities.
If you have an H20 receiver you will have problems seeing the signal strengths on 99 and 103 even though you may be receiving them OK. There is a bug in the H20 - the H20-100 reports incorrectly on 99 and does not report 103 at all. The H20-600 reports 103 OK but does not report 99. The HR20 DVR reports both 99 and 103 OK.


Well I guess I should say that the transponder needed for Nashville is one of the 2 that was showing really low signal for me. That means Tp2 or Tp6 is the Nashville one.




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