Ever since the initial HD-Mpeg4 encoders were brought on line (even way back 2+ years ago with the HD-LIL's), this 'BrrrrRIP' encoder reset has existed, sometimes very infrequent, sometimes increasing to ridiculous levels, where both the audio 'effect' and the video 'blanks out' for several seconds. As the encoders s/w has been changed/upgraded (I'll assume it's the Harmonic MPeg4 encoders), it comes and goes. Some channels I watch religiously (interesting word there!), like NESN and YES, have had very little if any of this. As the playoffs are well underway, it seems to be affecting poor TBS-HD just about every few minutes. But I've also noticed that channels such has HDNet-Movies (channel 552, the Mpeg4 one not the Mpeg2 one on 78), seem to be getting several failures an hour as well. Obviously (to me), they've 'upgraded' the s/w for the encoders sometime in the last week or so, resulting in VERY POOR performance throughout. Actually, I have three HD receiver systems in my living room, a HR20-700, HR20-100 (it belongs, actually, in my RV but it's 'mothballed' for the winter), and an H20-100. I usually watch the H20-100, leaving the HR's to record away. So, after I noticed a couple days ago on the increase in the resetting (and watching the playoffs on TBS-HD), I'm able to switch back to the other machines to verify the errors, right after they happen. The three systems are actually one two different 'systems', as well, the HR20-700 is 'direct connected' to a Slimline dish, while the other two are through a SWM8 system off my 'original' Sidecar dish. So, completely different signal chains at my receive 'site'. I'd think about calling DirecTV up, but only a couple of times (talking with level 2 or 3 folks), would they probably understand what's going on. But it is VERY disconcerting, and perhaps a bit of an insight as to what's going on with all the roll-outs (or 'non-rollouts') of channels recently. In short, it appears that quality assurance has gone down the tubes.