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mystifying reception problem

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by McSwine, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. McSwine

    McSwine Cool Member

    Jul 10, 2008
    For some reason, I have 1 television (out of 3) that is having a reception problem with channels in the 250'ish range, most notably on AMC (254). Most times it just says "searching for signal", sometimes I get it but it is extremely pixelated and unwatchable.

    I've had my local installer out 3 times...the first time he replaced my HDDVR, because of a loose coax connection on the back. The second time he re-terminated the coax inside the house in the plate in the wall, and the last time re-terminated the coax outside the house. None of these attempts helped.

    I can get these channels on my other 2 sets without problem.

    Anyone got any ideas?
  2. jodyguercio

    jodyguercio Active Member

    Aug 16, 2007
    Is this a SD unit?
  3. evan_s

    evan_s Hall Of Fame

    Mar 3, 2008
    If you swap receivers does it stay at that location? I'm assuming probably since you've had it replaced.

    Any idea how long the cable runs are to that location?

    What are your signal readings showing at that location when compared to other locations that are working?
  4. wolfman730

    wolfman730 Legend

    Sep 10, 2006
    Amc is on 101W transponder 5. Check your signal strength on that TPN.
  5. kimi

    kimi AllStar

    Mar 12, 2008
    I've almost completely lost my service over the last month. I have a SWM and apparently it was installed incorrectly - something to do with the distance between it and the splitter. I lost my locals and TCM/AMC on one receiver first, then on all. Directv is going to have a guy reinstall, but I've essentially been without service (I get the ESPN group of channels) for a month. You might have the same problem.
  6. buck43

    buck43 Cool Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    Did he replace the barrel in the wallplate with blue instead of white.
  7. intelisevil

    intelisevil Mentor

    Aug 1, 2008
    Subscribed due to this question . . .
  8. Simmerman

    Simmerman AllStar

    Apr 10, 2008
    Did the tech try replacing the LNB? Its the doo hicky at the front of the dish.

    This is probably not it but you could also check the electrical outlet that the receiver is plugged into using a three outlet tester. The tester checks to see if the outlet is wired properly. Whe electrical outlets are not wired correctly, they can play all sorts of havoc with DTV receivers.
  9. McSwine

    McSwine Cool Member

    Jul 10, 2008
    Thanks for all the replies. I'll attempt to answer some of the questions...

    I have not swapped receivers, but since it was replaced I feel confident that it's confined to this one television. I would guess the cable run is less than 50'.
    I will get the signal strength and post it.

    Not sure about the barrel in the wall plate, and I'm reasonably sure he has not replaced the LNB.

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