HR44 Pixelation Still an Everyday Proble.

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by 1953, Oct 11, 2017.

  1. Rockywwf

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    Hate to say it’s not the DSL. Have HS17 and have same issues with 200gbps download through Optimum. It’s the software on these receivers. And the 10 or so techs that have been to my house since November agree with the statement about Directv’s new owners.


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  2. inkahauts

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    They’d lose millions of subscribers until high speed internet is available to everyone easily. This isn’t a could they but a thy won’t because the conditions don’t make sense. In 10 years maybe we can talk...
     
  3. Rich

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    Again, I don't expect anything soon, but I do think it will come.

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  5. ke3ju

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    I had a tech here today that told me there is known problem with pixelation on local channels. I thought my dish was out of alignment from Irma. He said it was only slightly out. He re-aligned it, but I still have the pixelation on the locals. But only on the locals.
     
  6. P Smith

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    you should keep track of SS values for sat where are your LiL broadcasting: before hurricane, after, after tech visit, etc
     
  7. chksmithcis

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    I have two DVRs (1-HR44 and 1-HR20-700) connected to an OTA antenna. I have switched all season passes that are scheduled for locals to the equivalent OTA. Most pixelation issues have disappeared.

    Occasionally, the HR20 will pixelate and today we got 'R2D2' audio, hiccups and burps. My wife watches that DVR mainly on MSNBC (yes, I have told her to try another 'news' source), but we have also seen it on recorded material from SyFy Channel.

    In mid-September, we had a DTV tech come out and he replaced the F-connector barrel that was sitting in our wall plate that fed the HR44. The pixelation stopped on all but one local channel. I see it rarely on our local channel 2 (KTVU Oakland) going through DTV, but never OTA.

    FWIW,

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  8. 1953

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    Happy now? All of my replies to my own OP have been deleted just to satisfy you.
     
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  9. T.C.

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    Add me to the list on receiver pixelation. I knew I wasn't losing my mind. It's getting worse and worse.... satellite signal is strong... around 97% 98%

    It is absolutely annoying. The pixelation happens while watching LIVE and also recorded shows. Was watching the NBA game on ABC Sports which is Channel 7 in Detroit... and it happened literally every 45 seconds. I also sometimes get sound drop outs when this happens... but not all the time.

    Why is DirecTV being so lazy? Just fix that damn thing.

    I might have to go to Dish Network or Comcast now.
     
  10. Rich

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    What HR are you using and how much content does the HDD have on it? The HDD can do this if it is overloaded or going bad.

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  11. 1953

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    Our 44 still has periodic pixelation.
     
  12. T.C.

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    HR44 and HR24.... it's happening on both. DirecTV is aware of the situation according to the AT&T website. They released a firmware upgrade on 1/18/18 but it didn't work. Well at least not for me.
     
  13. P Smith

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    they didn't make official release notes to the upgrade, so no way to say if it would fix something :(
     
  14. Rich

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    What about the capacity of the two HRs? Close to full?

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  15. T.C.

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    78% Filled HR44.
    46% Filled HR24.
     
  16. Rich

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    That's about where my 44 was a few weeks ago when it got wonky. Deleted a bunch of stuff I'd never watch, got it back to about 30% full and it's back to normal. When I've had similar problems recently with a couple HR24s I've put newer HDDs in them and they are back to normal. HDDs loaded over 50% can do some strange things. I had 2TB drives in all my 24s and kept them all at no more that 50% and had few issues. Problem I have is I stopped watching D* and went to streaming and didn't keep an eye on the HRs. Can't blame the HRs, I know better than to let them fill up. BTW, I've had the 44 for years and this was the first time it ever got over 50%. It has a 3TB internal drive.

    Rich
     
  17. T.C.

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    If DirecTV just wanted to give me a HD box.... with no options for recording shows... or pausing Live TV... I'm all for it.

    If a company comes out with this... "latest technology" and it screws up a common feed.... they should get rid of it all together.

    Was a DirecTV customer for about 6 years way before HD programming ever came out.... never had one problem. That's correct... not 1 time a tech ever had to come out.

    The service has sucked ever since the Genie was introduced.
     
  18. T.C.

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    One more thing... are you saying it's better to have an external Hard Drive that's linked to any of your receivers rather than using that receiver's internal Hard Drive?

    I've seen some hard drives for sale on Amazon that you use with your existing DirecTV equipment.

    Again... I just want a good feed. I don't like pixelation... audio drop outs etc. I want to have good service.
     
  19. Rich

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    We all have different experiences with D*. I came here in '07 because I was having massive problems with the new HRs. Those problems lasted until the 24s came out. Since the 24s arrived things have been a lot better. I have no issues with my 44 other than the software, it's a fine DVR.

    Yeah, that single point of failure is disturbing.

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  20. Rich

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    Yup, a large HDD kept no more than half full is an upgrade in performance and makes the HRs more reliable. In my experience. It's too easy to fill a 500GB drive up on a 24, just as it's too easy to fill a 1TB drive in a Genie with 5 tuners.

    Any WD HDD you see on Amazon should work. I'd suggest the Blue Caviar, the Red Caviar, the Surveillance drives, whichever fits your budget. The external devices you have to use with the large HDDs can be problematic. I have used ThermalTake Docks with great success for years but they stopped making eSATA docks for some reason. Pretty sure this dock will work well with the HRs: https://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com..._n_feature_keywords_two_browse-bin:6528338011

    Rich
     

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