This guy is joking, right? This would have been a good posting on April Fools Day. Anyway, like most people my audio dropouts began after one of the NR's in 2009. I include the brrriips in the audio dropout category. I also am PO'd that DirecTv has some amateurs encoding their commercial inserts because I still am getting occassional glass breaking, super distorted, super loud audio. Most of their inserts are OK though. It boggles my mind that such a technical company can have so many bugs that never seem to get fixed. Do they even have a Quality Assurance group? If so, then I bet they report to the marketing department...in other words they don't have any power in the organization.