*ALERT* National Emergency Alert 11/9/2011

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by toofastgtp, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. Crystal Pepsi Ball

    Crystal Pepsi Ball Godfather

    Jun 29, 2004
    West Valley...
    In Salt Lake City, all of our locals showed the test.
  2. dishrox

    dishrox Mentor

    Dec 29, 2008
    We were watching a recorded program on the DirecTV DVR. It did not interrupt for the EAS.

    sounds like a fail to me. Even when you are watching DVR, EAS signals must be processed and displayed, dont you think?
  3. Dan B

    Dan B Legend

    Mar 6, 2007
    I tuned in one minute late and rewound the live buffer. I guess it wasn't embedded, then?
  4. poppo

    poppo Hall Of Fame

    Oct 10, 2006
    Not sure if it's related, but my DRV just popped up a notice about not receiving guide data. It never did that before.

    The test seemed to be on every channel except the sat locals. Go figure.
  5. Drucifer

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    So all of us watching a recording are toast!


    Dec 11, 2006
    Long Island, NY
    Should I be afraid to turn the DVR on :lol:
  7. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    May 17, 2010
    My HR24-500 did the same thing last week. I ran a system test but no problems were found. Did a reset to play it safe. Receiver has been running fine since.
  8. skatingrocker17

    skatingrocker17 Godfather

    Jun 23, 2010
    I noticed that too, I had paused something I was watching and I didn't end up seeing the EAS until the buffer was at 1:59pm.

    They should really handle it like they do the storm warnings where I'm pretty sure it shows regardless of what you're doing since it's an overlay.

    Does DTV do amber alerts as well? I know TWC did but I don't recall ever seeing one with DTV.
  9. poppo

    poppo Hall Of Fame

    Oct 10, 2006
    I've never seen anything like that while watching a recording, unless it is actually in the recording. Which sometimes is strange when you see an imminent storm warning and it's clear as can be outside. And then you realize it was from a few weeks ago.
  10. RACJ2

    RACJ2 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    I was at my local health club when the test was going on. They have DIRECTV on flat screens with 4 different channels playing. The strange thing was that the locals didn't have the message displayed for the alert, but screens with the ESPN and CNN showed the test screen. Even if they are picking them up OTA, which I don't believe is true, why weren't the local channels displaying the alert screen?
  11. poppo

    poppo Hall Of Fame

    Oct 10, 2006
    I'm sure that is a question someone up the food chain is asking. As noted earlier, my locals didn't display it either, despite notices on those channels for the last few days that they would. So it would seem that the ball got dropped somewhere between the feed to DirecTV and our sets. But that is what tests are for.
  12. gfrang

    gfrang Hall Of Fame

    Aug 29, 2007
    I am still in my bomb shelter,my neighbors who been making fun of me for building it are now trying to break in.
  13. csgo

    csgo Legend

    Oct 15, 2006
    Seems like DirecTV managed to screw this up too. From the AP: "Media reports indicate DirecTV subscribers heard the Lady Gaga song "Paparazzi" while the test was in progress. It's unclear whether that was intentional."

    Sounds like a joke, but it's real.
  14. longrider

    longrider Well-Known Member

    Apr 21, 2007
    Elizabeth, CO
    I wonder if the local stations issue was a problem with the local stations. I forgot to check right at the hour but I rewound the live buffer which was on a local station and KUSA did the test themselves (not DirecTV)
  15. wahooq

    wahooq New Member

    Oct 19, 2011
    Tulsa, OK
    from what i know/read it was a national code so im assuming only national broadcasts were affected....my locals here do the test like monthly or something ..given the number of people that were unaware of the digital ota transition when it happened i wonder how many people thought this was real
  16. poppo

    poppo Hall Of Fame

    Oct 10, 2006
    I did hear some music briefly and thought it was sort of odd. But they play music when there are other station issues, so I didn't really think about it too much.
  17. Drucifer

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    It been reported it was a mess everywhere. There will be another after a total review of all reported errors and fixes made.

    They plan to add cellphones to the alert system, but not until they fix the current one.
  18. paulh

    paulh Godfather

    Mar 17, 2003
    According to a local radio engineer, they has 2 of the DirecTv Lady Gaga reports, with a beneficial Spanish language message on screen.
  19. HarleyD

    HarleyD Hall Of Fame

    Aug 31, 2006
    So that's what that was. I saw the "slide" come on stating that it was a test. Then after a bit a warning scrolled across the screen for Washington D.C., first in English...then "en espanol". Changed channels a couple times. Same thing everywhere. Didn't check my locals. Then I returned to my regularly scheduled program.

    I didn't think much of it. They used to do these kinds of things all the time with broadcast radio and TV but I suppose this is the first time I've seen it done by a pay TV provider.
  20. paulh

    paulh Godfather

    Mar 17, 2003
    Overall it sounded like it was a disaster. Some parts of the country got nothing. Some parts got a warning tone and exactly 1 word then silence. I heard that Chicago was twice as good and got 2 words than silence. Some of the more successful tests contained poor audio quality overlayed with rolling emergency tones....

    The engineer asked a FEMA person at a conference why they don't just use the proven weather service system (NOAA weather radio was exempt from today's test), the official replied, "because we do not control the weather service"

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