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Calling it quits after 15 months

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Slip Jigs, Apr 23, 2008.

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  1. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    Do you by chance live very close to a cell tower, microwave tower, FM or AM or TV transmitter? I was never able to use a SVHS deck because the IF freq of one of the hifi stereo audio channels was 920 KHz, which was the same as a full power transmitter AM station 1/2 mile away. All else being OK, if you get hooked back up, see if they can find a different location for the dish...and keep it as low to the ground as possible.
     
  2. IDRick

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    Slip,

    Do you have a QAM tuner on your tv? If so, check for clear QAM stations. Many of my cable HD stations are clear QAM, which means they can be captured with a clear QAM computer card. I use a Hauppauge HVR 1600 to occasionally capture video from HD locals, UHD, TNT, TBS, PBS, and National Geographic and store it on an external hard drive. A nice way to keep HD programming and we may eventually have consumer software that can write it to DVD disk (watchable on Blue Ray). My HVR was only $60 on sale at Circuit City. I am considering the switch to Directv for more HD and lower pricing, but Direct's HD dvr reliability is a major impediiment to switching.

    Best,

    Rick
     
  3. Slip Jigs

    Slip Jigs DBSTalk Club Member

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    Nope, no big towers of any kind that close.
     
  4. Slip Jigs

    Slip Jigs DBSTalk Club Member

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    Yes, the TV does have a QAM tuner. I also have a TV tuner in the computer, ATI something or another, rather new, not sure what it's compatible with.

    Are you saying you hook the cable in directly to the HVR or going OTA? It would be a good test I suppose to bypass the DVR box to see if that is degrading the picture.
     
  5. IDRick

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    Yes, I simply use a splitter to split the signal between the cableco dvr and the digital tuner on the HVR. The digital tuner on the HVR can also tune OTA but in my case the HD locals are clear QAM on cable.

    You could easily test the effect of the dvr box. Split the cable and send one run to the QAM tuner and the other to the cable box. Tune the tv to a high quality HD station like UHD and then set the same channel on the cable box. Switch back and forth between inputs. Nifty, quick test. Great idea Slip!

    Best,

    Rick
     
  6. evan_s

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    Give it some time. You'll be hating that DVR soon enough. Having used one for almost a year I ran into plenty of issues with it. Most commonly is remote command queueing where the box freezes for 10 seconds to more than a minute and doesn't respond to any commands from the remote and then wakes up and tries to do everything you did while it was hung up. Great part is there is no progress bar or even an hour glass to say it's working on something. Over all it really is a pretty poor attempt at a dvr.
     
  7. Doug Brott

    Doug Brott Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

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    Slip Jigs,

    Thanks for the update.
     
  8. Tibs

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    Funny thing is you describe my off the air experience when its cold outside. When its warm it works great. I dont have HD Locals yet so I'm still using OTA. Its not just the HR-20 its the TV tuner as well.

    You said spot beams, and I know its a stupid question, but were you only getting this when watching locals?
     
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