Audio dropouts?

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  1. Nov 9, 2009 #21 of 1365
    ndole

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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:
    I was happy to learn that a.s. will start doing re-runs of the new episodes. So maybe I can see (and hear) what I missed for that whole minute.
     
  2. Nov 9, 2009 #22 of 1365
    brucegrr

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    Drop-outs here too. Annoying.
     
  3. Nov 9, 2009 #23 of 1365
    Tom Servo

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    Of course not.
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    :lol:
     
  4. Nov 9, 2009 #24 of 1365
    berniec

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    TONS of dropouts, every few minutes, during Monday Night Football on ESPN.
     
  5. Nov 10, 2009 #25 of 1365
    weaver6

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    Same here.
     
  6. Nov 10, 2009 #26 of 1365
    Rocko62580

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    Me too!
     
  7. Nov 10, 2009 #27 of 1365
    hasan

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    Me three...at least on the recording, I couldn't watch it live.
     
  8. Nov 10, 2009 #28 of 1365
    Doug Brott

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    When you guys say "dropout" are you referring to the screen getting black and audio stopping completely for 3-5 seconds?
     
  9. Nov 10, 2009 #29 of 1365
    Bill Broderick

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    ^ 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.
     
  10. Nov 10, 2009 #30 of 1365
    Doug Brott

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    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.
     
  11. Nov 10, 2009 #31 of 1365
    Bill Broderick

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    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.
     
  12. Nov 10, 2009 #32 of 1365
    cygnusloop

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    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.
     
  13. Nov 10, 2009 #33 of 1365
    Doug Brott

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    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.
     
  14. Nov 10, 2009 #34 of 1365
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    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.
     
  15. Nov 10, 2009 #35 of 1365
    sigma1914

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    To me, the fact that replaying where the dropout occurred, suggests that Directv's transmission or ESPN is at fault & not the boxes.
     
  16. Nov 10, 2009 #36 of 1365
    cygnusloop

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    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....
     
  17. Nov 10, 2009 #37 of 1365
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    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.
     
  18. Nov 10, 2009 #38 of 1365
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    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.
     
  19. Nov 10, 2009 #39 of 1365
    tsduke

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    Yup. As hasan said. Just an audio drop. Nothing else skips a beat.
     
  20. Nov 10, 2009 #40 of 1365
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    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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