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Any Answers to the HD Pixalation Problems?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Mrmiami, Oct 13, 2007.

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  1. Mrmiami

    Mrmiami Legend

    Oct 3, 2006
    My Picture on the New HD channels is freezing, breaking up and going to searching for Sat signal constantly what is the problem with the way they are transmitting HD now? Trying to watch X-Men Last Stand and just lost it, this is getting pretty frustrating that after all this time they still can not do HD the right way. Are there any fixes in the loop or are there bigger problems with D-10 then originally thought?
  2. hilmar2k

    hilmar2k Hall Of Fame

    Mar 18, 2007
    What are your signal levels? I am not seeing these issues.
  3. lalo56

    lalo56 Mentor

    Sep 10, 2007
    I as well do not have any of the issues listed.
  4. Mrmiami

    Mrmiami Legend

    Oct 3, 2006
    OK here are my readings ( I have no idea what they should be )

    Sat 103(a) Tuner 1 1-8


    9-16 (all N/a)


    0- (rest N/a)

    Sat 103(a) Tuner 2 1-8


    17- 0 all others N/A

    Sat 103(b) Tuner 1 1-8






    Sat 103(b) Tuner 2 1-8






    Please let me know how these numbers compare to other peoples numbers so I can call D* if needed.

    Thank You
  5. badmonkey

    badmonkey AllStar

    Nov 18, 2005
    I had the same issues, caused by a poorly aimed dish. Peaking the dish solved the problem.


    I see your signal strengths are miuch higher than mine were. My signal levels were in the 20's and 30's for 103a/b. Yours aren't bad at all.
  6. hilmar2k

    hilmar2k Hall Of Fame

    Mar 18, 2007
    The new HD all comes from 103(b). Though your numbers aren't too bad, they are a little lower than mine. Here is what I have:

    95 91 92 88 92 88 91 91
    91 88 91 92 94 92 NA NA
    95 NA NA NA NA 95 NA NA

    Did you check the siganl level on both tuners?
  7. michaelyork29

    michaelyork29 Godfather

    Jun 22, 2007
    Try peaking your dish...or if you have the protection plan they'll realign it for free...
  8. JDubbs413

    JDubbs413 Icon

    Sep 4, 2007
    I don't think there is necessarily a problem with the D-10 but there are a lot of unexplained pixelation starting to pop up on HD locals and some of the new HD channels. It is really baffling to a lot of techs and myself. Leaving us with no explanation.

    I would say DirecTV is doing some work which we all know they are and that it should get better over the next few weeks (aside from the fact it could be something else in your setup).

    I for one, have a great setup. We replaced everything including the HR20 multiple times.

    It's not on my end I can safely say that.
  9. lwilli201

    lwilli201 Hall Of Fame

    Dec 22, 2006
    Tell us about your setup. Type dish, do you have a multi switch, if no multiswitch how many leads do you have coming from the dish. What models are your recievers.
  10. techrep

    techrep Hall Of Fame

    Sep 15, 2007
    Also, if you can get to your dish, check how stable the dish is mounted and if the LNB arm is stable.
  11. litzdog911

    litzdog911 Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2004
    Mill Creek, WA
  12. purtman

    purtman Hall Of Fame

    Sep 19, 2006
    I haven't seen any of these issues. Then again, I don't know what your weather was up there when you received these, either. I did have low readings and had my dish peaked. We a couple of inches of rain in less than 11 hours last night and it only suffered from rain fade for a brief moment. Otherwise, I didn't see it.
  13. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    Go to one of the transponders with the 70's signal (single transponder, not the whole page) and watch the signal. does it vary by more than 2 points? Does it drop way down and then pop back up? If so, is the wind blowing at the same time? Is there a tree nearby which could have a branch blowing in front of the dish? Leaves blowing around the dish? If all answers no, and dish is where you can reach it, and you want to take responsibility for possibly knocking it out of alignment, remove the lnb and check all the coax connectors for moisture, at the LNB, grounding block, bbc, and receiver. all ok? Try disconnecting the ground wire from the grouding block temporarily (during good weather) to verify you don't have an intermittant or noisy ground. If so, resecure ground wire and run a second wire from the ground point directly to your electrical service ground. Make sure your coax is not RG59. Should be RG6, RG6QS, or (RG11 if run is long).

    Just a few suggestions to check. Hope you get it fixed. If its specific to just one receiver, try redownloading the software. As a last resort, reformat the hard drive if its a dvr. These are all fixes that have worked at some point for me in troubleshooting systems. Don't do anything you cannot recover from if you don't have a leased receiver and or protection plan.
  14. Hansen

    Hansen Hall Of Fame

    Jan 1, 2006
    As others have indicated, details on your setup would be helpful. In particular, do you currently have a powered multiswitch and how long are the cable runs. You do seem to have some variation between odd and even transponders but not likely enough to cause the issues you are seeing. That could be an alignment issue or cable defect issue.
  15. Mrmiami

    Mrmiami Legend

    Oct 3, 2006
    Sorry about that I have the HR20-700(2) - The original I think (AT9) the one with the seperate arm for yhe additional LNB's - 4 lines out of Dish (2 to each receiver) no multi switch.
  16. borghe

    borghe Legend

    Oct 6, 2006
    FWIW I had major problems on the new HD channels. One tuner was giving me eerily similar readings to yours.. only about 20 points lower across the board. I went up and reaimed my dish and it raised everything 20 points, but I then had some transponders that were 15-20 points lower than other non-spot transponders. I reconnected that tuner's coax connector and all is now well.
  17. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    I can say that my signal strengths are much lower than yours and I'm not seeing a lot of pixelation. I'm concerned that you have a bad receiver but I don't see a lot of information. Care to share?
  18. Mrmiami

    Mrmiami Legend

    Oct 3, 2006
    Hey Stuart, sure what sort of additional info would you need?
  19. Mrmiami

    Mrmiami Legend

    Oct 3, 2006
    I can add strange as it is, but after a red button reset Cinemax breakup problem was fixed but still continue to see pixelation problems. That may not per se be a receiver specific problem though for I see many other complaints about it. However, any additional help would be much appreciated.
  20. ncxcstud

    ncxcstud Icon

    Apr 22, 2007
    My neighbor had the same problem as your having...

    What we discovered was that her box was overheating...

    Go into the menu and check the temp for your box...
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