Hi All, Sorry for the length, but please bear with me here, lots going on...Long standing issue that keeps popping up. The audio from D* intermittently stops working and I am unable to get it to restore. More rarely, the video does not work and I get an HDCP error from the STB. Please note that these issues do not happen when using the BluRay, Chromecast or network connections through the AVR (hooked up on different HDMI inputs). This issue has occurred off and on for several years, with many different setups (Different STB, AVR, TV, Cables...even have a whole new dish run in a new house) and it just keeps coming back. I am fairly certain it is caused by the HDMI Handshake and HDCP wonderment, but it may be Dolby Digital as well. The audio just randomly does not initiate. This usually happens after I power up my setup, but it can happen when changing channels or starting a recording. Video usually works (this issue has been much better with the Sony than the Samsung LN46B650), but it will sometimes not initiate when viewing HDCP content (usually from Premiums - live or recorded) and I get the "your TV does not support this program's content protection" error message (D* tech support said this was not possible as the HDCP error should always happen and they had never heard of it being intermittent). Note that the Video issue has not occurred (as expected) when using component cables on one of the segments as the HDCP is HDMI only, I believe. Also, the HDCP error does not occur when the STB (HR44-700) is directly connected to the TV. I've tried to use alternate audio (optical and AV cable) coupled with HDMI video and it will work for non-HDCP content, but produces the HDCP error every time I tune to a premium channel or premium channel recording (or other HDCP content as I'm sure this is working as intended). Please see below for the troubleshooting I have done. I'm at wits end and really need some DBSTalk assistance Current Gear: HR44-700 Yamaha RX-V671 Sony Bravia KDL48W600B (will be replaced soon) Wiring: HDMI from STB -> AVR -> TV Have tried: HDMI with optical from STB -> AVR then HDMI the TV HDMI with AV from STB -> AVR then HDMI the TV (always get HDCP error for premium content, expected) Component with optical from STB -> AVR then HDMI to the TV Component with AV from STB -> AVR then HDMI to the TV (solid for couple months) Have not tried Component with optical/AV: STB -> AVR and Component to the TV as this will cause serious Wife agro due to bulky cables Component seems to be more stable, but the audio issue re-occurred again last night. Of course using component cables means no 1080p, but I can live with that if it would just work correctly all the time (at least until I get a 4K TV). (Please note that I have also swapped out new HDMI cables on every segment, alternated HDMI inputs on the AVR and I am not trying to copy anything or the like and am only trying to use the STB to output to a single TV) Details: When the audio stops working, it is normally during power up. The audio just will not initiate (the AVR will not show any speakers as active). Once this occurs, there is almost no fixing it. RBR has been the most successful means of fixing, but it is not 100% (not ideal and can't usually be done right away due to active recordings). Power up sequences have not helped, component cables solved the problem and was working solid for a couple months until last night. The audio can also fail when changing channels or starting a recording. I have heard that using Dolby Digital can affect this issue and have disabled it in the STB settings but it hasn't seemed to help. I bring this up because last night was a bit different and I noticed some new variables. My son was watching an SD channel without DD (can see this under the info -> audio/video, it will just say "English" rather than "English Dolby Digital"). Everything was working fine until we changed the channel to an HD channel with Dolby Digital audio. Upon changing channels, the audio stopped working. When I went back to the SD channel, audio was working, but again did not work when going back to the HD DD channel. I confirmed that DD was disabled on the STB and still no audio on the HD DD channels. I then enabled all SD channels in the guide and the audio worked on all SD channels, but still did not work on any HD DD channels. I then went directly to from the STB to the TV and the issue persisted (HDMI using TV Speakers). Audio on SD channels continued to work and still no audio on HD DD channels. Changing the Dolby Digital setting in the STB had no effect. RBR did fix the issue this time, so I reset my connections back to an all HDMI setup (was running component from STB -> AVR) to verify the SD vs HD DD audio issues that happened last night (and also because this is the setup I will NEED - all HDMI - when I move to 4K). My theory is that the audio issue has more to do with Dolby Digital than the long running HDMI handshake issues (maybe they are related?), but I need a sanity check and some help verifying that I am doing everything I can. Even if my theory is correct, not sure what good it will do. D* hasn't been much help, even when getting through to the back line tech people. Would hate to have to change providers, but this seems to be an issue many D* customers have experienced (google search shows many instances without much progress toward resolution- search for HDMI, HDCP or Dolby Digital with D* all show the same type of problem). D* isn't the only provider with these issues, but it is the common denominator with my issues. I think I am getting to the bottom of it, but what can I do with my findings? Any other suggestions on what I can do?