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Freezing/Pixelation issues on your Genie? Here's how you can help

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Stuart Sweet, Sep 4, 2013.

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  1. Oct 2, 2013 #21 of 192
    usnret

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    Ed - hold down the Info button till the info you want (SW version and date of install) pops up.
     
  2. Oct 7, 2013 #22 of 192
    ilovfriday

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    I am having a pixilation issue as well, it's happening on multiple receivers for me as well as a few co-woekers, neighbors and family that lives across the state. The issues does not seem to only affect one channel or and also occurs on live or recorded TV. DirecTV claims there is no known issue but given the number of people I personally know having the problem I doubt it. I am days about from switching service because my HR34 is experiencing this problem so much that most of my shows are not watchable. I have included a sample video of what I am experiencing below, in this particular 30 minute show it happened 14 times. Some of the shows I watch are not on HULU or VOD so I am having to buy them on iTunes - at this point I am starting to think that might a better option all around... HR-34 700, 0x740, Tue 8/27, 3:50a, Problem report 20131007-45FF

    http://vimeo.com/76392708
     
  3. Oct 7, 2013 #23 of 192
    Sully

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    Unfortunately, I'm now experiencing pixelization and freezing too. Just tried to watch my recording of the Amazing Race from 10/6 and it was unwatchable. What is going on?

    I have an HR34 running 0x740.


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  4. Oct 8, 2013 #24 of 192
    EmilG

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    I'm seeing the described behavior only when playing back recordings of a basketball game. Seems they run down the floor and breakup/pixelation. I wonder if it has anything to do with processing power since there is alot to decode when they are moving?
     
  5. Oct 8, 2013 #25 of 192
    SomeRandomIdiot

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    Pixelation just started on the most recent NR Firmware. Will not bother describing it as it already well known what it looks like. Have seen it happen multiple times in same program, but not more than 2-5 times per show, unlike others who are reporting up to 14 times in a show.

    Many times unit will not respond to commands, just freezes. This is not new.

    At end of playback, unit locks up to 30 seconds before asking delete or not. This is not new either.

    Live Programming often freezes, but I have noticed this is very often in the :59/:01 or :29/:31 area where new recordings are starting / old recordings are ending. This is not new either.

    All these show up on multiple HR34s.
     
  6. Oct 9, 2013 #26 of 192
    ilovfriday

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    This problem has to end; it's useless for me to have DirecTV at this point. The problem is just that bad.
     
  7. Oct 9, 2013 #27 of 192
    Stuart Sweet

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    Just, wow.

    Post #1 gives you instructions on how to help gather Data to help fix the problem, but it seems all people want to do is complain. I guess the idea of a peer support forum is kind of done.
     
  8. Oct 9, 2013 #28 of 192
    Laxguy

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    This really indicates to me the TV monitor may not have the processing power to handle the mass of pixels that are constantly changing. If you set to record another game in the next few days, post it here and I will record it too for comparison.

    What TV? Which DVR?
     
  9. Oct 9, 2013 #29 of 192
    Kevin L

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    I constantly have freezing and pixilation on recorded and live shows on many different stations. This has been happening for a few weeks now. I also have a new TiVo Roamio Pro I use to record all shows except those I only have on DirecTV. I can watch the same show on the TiVo (with Comcast cable) and the HR44-500; the TiVo plays back great, the HR44 has these issues.

    Software is 0x741, Wed 9/25, 4:19a
    SENDREPORT 20131007-3B0C
     
  10. Oct 9, 2013 #30 of 192
    ilovfriday

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    I've already gathered data as instructed. I can be pissed off that this problem exists, that DirecTV failed to properly QA their software, and that no fix is provided and that phone techs deny an issue exists. People have been complaining on message boards since they were invented ya know.
     
  11. Oct 9, 2013 #31 of 192
    adamson

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    I know a few people in my neighborhood with HR34's and have seen how they are set up from A-Z. Signal strengths are all very good also. They have freezing issues also and actually one of them took early termination fees over accepting such terrible service. How Directv can get away with this is beyond me.

    Furthermore every single subscriber with freezing issues has the right to complain about this. Just because he/she did not detail every single bit of information here or send a report to Directv, does this allow those to be attacked here over and over again! My better half had this issue with the HR20's way back and I suffered the expense of that early termination. Your best bet people is forget making a complaint here because obviously it has not helped your cause. Phone Directv over and over and over until finally somebody gets the picture! BTW test monkeys QA their firmware, in case you did not know.
     
  12. Oct 10, 2013 #32 of 192
    adamson

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    There is a consequence to calling Directv repeatedly and actually it is good. You will be flagged and all calls will go to "case management" and they are the ones you really want to talk to...they will help you greatly!
     
  13. Oct 10, 2013 #33 of 192
    itzme

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    Report 20131009-1EC7

    Picture breaks up, pixelates, audio hiccups, pixelates itself back to normal. Repeatable when I RW. Report sent within minutes of the breakup. No weather issues.
     
  14. Oct 10, 2013 #34 of 192
    Robert L

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    Still have random breakup with video on a lot of recorded shows. This report is send after HR44 video froze 2 minutes before end of show. American Horror Story, on FX. The way it froze was like top half was a different frame than bottom. Maybe the box is having problems handling 5 tuners.
     
  15. Oct 10, 2013 #35 of 192
    Laxguy

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    Could not another consequence be that one is flagged for being a problem customer, and hence not eligible for great deals come upgrade time? And it does cost everyone else money each time a call is made. Probably less than .0000001%, but it does add up.
     
  16. Oct 10, 2013 #36 of 192
    itzme

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    I would guess that Picture Quality is a priority issue with DirecTV, and that ultimately they welcome calls and posting/sending reports from the HRs. PQ has always been an issue of pride for Directv, and has helped them competitively. IMO competitors like fiber and cable have improved their PQ in recent years, so DirecTV likely places a high priority on getting this fixed!
     
  17. Oct 10, 2013 #37 of 192
    samrs

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    HR34-700 0x740 minor pixilation during Tigers/A's game on TBS.
     
  18. Oct 10, 2013 #38 of 192
    adamson

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    Ummmm never had that issue getting a deal. I only dealt with case management once and they went above and beyond to get the issue solved to my liking.
     
  19. Oct 10, 2013 #39 of 192
    acostapimps

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    I don't see this problem on the HR44 (knock on wood) Or is this mainly 34's? Is it locals or national channels or both?
     
  20. Oct 11, 2013 #40 of 192
    Sully

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    I'm seeing this issue only with my HR34 and so far only with my local CBS station (both Survivor and the Amazing Race from this week).


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