DIRECTV HD Channel 75 TNT Problems

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  1. May 3, 2006 #1 of 17
    Dugfio

    Dugfio New Member

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    I'm "trying" to watch the NBA playoffs tonight and at times this is next to impossible, given the frequency of pixilating video and audio dropouts. I've noticed this condition previously but tonight it is awful! On that note, I called DTV and in short, the fellow I spoke to checked the HD broadcast at his end and all is well. Is anyone else experiencing this problem?
     
  2. May 3, 2006 #2 of 17
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    It's just bitstarving. They are trying to spread too many HD channels (and SD) over too little available bandwidth. TNTHD has looked the worst in my opinion (but still much better than SD).

    Next year when Directv10 and Directv11 go up this problem goes away.
     
  3. May 3, 2006 #3 of 17
    Halo

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    I overlooked this part of your post. Even with the most badly overcompressed channel it should not affect your audio (at least it never has on mine). I would try swapping your cables to make sure that isn't the problem. If you have HDMI try component, if you have component try HDMI. See if it help any.
     
  4. May 4, 2006 #4 of 17
    Dugfio

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    First, thanks for your response. Second, let me clarify the problem description:

    The video and audio problems are unique to TNT HD. All of the other HD channels, be they DIRECTV or all OTA locals, do not exhibit this problem. Also, after posting the original note, I went back and double checked signal strength on channel 75 and it was at 92. So, I would tend to think its cause to be other than cables. I would agree with you on bandwidth assignment to this channel. Interestingly, around 11:40 pm, things improved and the incidence of both problems were minimal throughout the balance of the Cavs - Wizards game. Also, through all of this, the SD broadcast on channel 245 did not exhibit any of this, just the usual poor quality video with SD broadcasts with no audio dropouts.
     
  5. May 4, 2006 #5 of 17
    Dugfio

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    So tonight I'm watching TNT HD, Bulls - Heat, and to my surprise, the problems encountered yesterday are not evident at all! I didn't change anything, just tuned in to the game tonight. Maybe someone heard me complaining but, I doubt it. Anyway, life is good and it looks like the Heat may just wrap things up tonight.
     
  6. bdaddy

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    FYI,

    I have this exact problem. Good signal on 75 and video/audio goes out every once in a while. It is very unpredicatable. I am trying to understand if its my cabling or what but all other channels including HD work fine.
    But I get the same thing, i'll start watching it, its fine and then i start getting glitches of problems. 30 minutes or an hour later, its fine for the rest of the night.

    let me know if you figure something out.
     
  7. Larry_Rymal

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    Not sure when "tonight" was, but I haven't had any problems in my area (near Houston). My only TNT issue is its STRETCH-O-VISION, but the signal and quality has been right-on.

    Obviously, YMMV...:(
     
  8. Dugfio

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    Last night, TNT was showing Saving Private Ryan and the video/audio problems were very evident once again. In short, it was unwatchable, despite excellent signal strength. It will be interesting to see how tonight's game, Mavs-Suns, will be. Again, TNT HD is the only station that exhibits this problem.

    I spoke to a neighbor who subscribes to Dish HD and he said he hasn't seen any problems at all.
     
  9. Larry_Rymal

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    I would contact DirecTV and let them know that your area is having issues with TNT. I'm just guessing since I don't know how in the world this all works with localized spot-beams for assigned geographical areas, but if "Saving Ryan" had issues in your area, Kentucky, and at the very same time, it had no problems in my area, 70 miles north of Houston, then it sounds like something in the local beam. I dunno.

    At any rate, I haven't had any issues at all with TNT other than Stretch-O-Vision with 4:3 content.
     
  10. Wolffpack

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    I don't believe TNT HD is on a spot. That's a nation feed. I haven't seen any problems but was not watching during those periods. I will be tonight for the Suns/Mavricks game.
     
  11. Chris Blount

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    During the Spurs/Mavericks playoffs, I saw some really bad compression artifacts in every game.
     
  12. Dugfio

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    First of all, I appreciate everyone's responses. It is very helpful to know what others are experiencing on this issue.

    As it would be tonight, the game was PERFECT for viewing and that the Mavs won again! No disruptions at all. I've seen this same thing in the not too distant past, you know, bad one night and good the next.

    I guess it was about a month ago when it bugged me so much that I called DIRECTV. The fellow that assisted me checked a number of things at my end and found nothing wrong. He also put me on hold and said he would observe the broadcast at his location and after a few minutes came back and said all was well at his end and had no other ideas as to what was causing the problem here. I also went to TNT's website and left a note but never heard anything in return.

    As you'd expect, the SD broadcast does not exhibit any of this, just an awful 4:3 picture.

    Anyone have any other ideas of what to do?
     
  13. carlsbad_bolt_fan

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    I didn't notice that. But ever since TNT-HD arrived, I just noticed it doesn't look as...well..."nice". Watching an NBA game on ESPN in HD looks awesome. On TNT-HD? Not so.
     
  14. Wolffpack

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    While I was pissed at the outcome of the game, the PIC was A#1. No problems with TNTHD in Phoenix.....other than a lack of defense. But that's another story.
     
  15. wipeout

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    I have been getting alot of pixelating on UHD. It makes watching Battlestar Gallactica rough.
     
  16. mtalhelm

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    Pistons @ Orlando TNT HD - horible! I actually had some people over to watch this game with me - just horible

    The amazing thing is - the close ups are great, which I have noticed close ups to be worse then when watching sideline cam. But tonight - 4-26 - it is unwatchable

    It is safe to say that TNT SD channel is better
     
  17. kikkenit2

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    Wow. Where did you find this thread? A year old. I agree TNT basketball in HD is a joke. Plenty of other HD is compressed way too much. I hope they fix that this fall (more bandwidth). What is scary is I just added Time Warner cable to my D* and it is even MORE pixelated on HD (all channels). Sad. I want verizon fios but expensive and a ***** to install.
     
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