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On which channels do you have audio dropouts?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by veryoldschool, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. 1948GG

    1948GG Icon

    Aug 4, 2007
    As referenced in the following thread:


    Many channels across the board (again, ku/ka/mpeg2/mpeg4/dolby5.1/dolby2.0) are being affected, as well as lots of video feeds (SD and HD) are seeing tons of skipping and other 'problems' that have no name, over the past week or so.

    Either A) DirecTV is fooling around with something or B) a wide variety of broadcasters are simultaneously fooling around with their feeds to DirecTV while providing 'clean' signals to their other customers (DISH, cablecos, FIOS, etc.).

    Obviously, once gain, it's something that is 'common' to the data stream, not simply some individual encoder, signal supplier/broadcaster, or such. Unless they are so dim as to do mass s/w 'updates' of their encoders without fulling checking out and verifying beforehand (in my 35+ years experience with s/w folks, unfortunately entirely possible).
  2. Lord Vader

    Lord Vader Supreme Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 20, 2004
    Galactic Empire
    Admittedly, ever since purchasing a new A/V receiver last December, my audio droputs have decreased 90% or so.
  3. ktm250

    ktm250 AllStar

    May 22, 2010
    I am also having the same problem with audio dropouts. Does it on a lot of different channels. Reminds me of what was happening a year ago. They must have fixed it for awhile but now it is doing it again. Time to start looking at a different provider.
  4. penguin44

    penguin44 Legend

    Oct 29, 2005
    Yup same here across the board. Hdnet is the worst so far. Switching to pcm has worked but I don't want pcm. This really is nuts.
  5. bigdaddyps

    bigdaddyps New Member

    Apr 21, 2011
    CBS, ABC, NBC, ESPN, etc. On and on she drops out, Where she stops nobody knows. Can't watch hardly ANT show without a dropout or 2 or 3 lately.

    R they hiring sound engineers down at D, or Meth Lab workers?
  6. haas

    haas Cool Member

    Sep 12, 2011
    Yeah they reportedly pay $1 Billion dollars per year to the NFL for Sunday Ticket Rights. I suppose after that they have no money to fix their poor audio.
  7. tsduke

    tsduke Godfather

    Mar 20, 2007
    They must know what it though. They had it pretty much fixed.
  8. mridan

    mridan Godfather

    Nov 15, 2006
    I have been having a lot of audio dropouts on HD Net Movies for the last couple of days. I have not had any issues with audio dropouts in years. Audio dropouts every few minutes or so. Does not happen on any other channels.
  9. john262

    john262 AllStar

    Oct 26, 2011
    I just registered so that I can weigh in on this topic. I am getting frequent dropouts on some channels. It usually just lasts for a split second but it's very irritating. Sometimes but not always the picture also freezes for a split second. It's on some HD channels but not all. Sometimes I can go days without it and then suddenly it's back again. Recently it was so bad on Animal Planet HD that I tuned my H20 receiver to the Animal Planet SD channel. I would rather watch an inferior picture than put up with those dropouts.

    Now here is my question. I would like to cancel Directv and go with Dish since I have heard that this problem does not happen with Dish. But I am still under contract. Does anyone know if I could site those dropouts as a reason to get out of my contract? If I am not getting satisfactory service, and I am not due to the dropouts, then it seems to me that I should have the right to cancel my service with Directv without penalty.

    Thanks for your help.
  10. murdoc158

    murdoc158 Cool Member

    Aug 5, 2007
    HR-22 started having audio dropouts when I upgraded the TV and AVR. HR-22 output with HDMI to Denon AVR-1910. Drops are on every channel. Did not notice dropouts when HR-22 output was Toslink to the old Sony AVR.
  11. Nov 2, 2011 #811 of 929

    satcrazy Icon

    Mar 15, 2011
    Funny, I'm a member, but I had to google to get here.

    I have Dish. A new flatscreen, a new HD reciever, optical out, to optical in on A older Denon.

    Dropouts like crazy, None on SD, Only PARTICULAR HD channels. To name a few, Spike, Comedy, AMC, EPIX etc...

    FX, TCM, CNN, TWC, to name a few, worked great.

    I flipped back and forth, and it is consistent.

    Audio dropouts meaning about every other word, making it unwatchable.

    Thought it might be a "handshake" issue, But after giving it more thought, why would ONLY particular HD channels have this?

    Right now I'm thinking "source".

    HDMI connected directly to tv from sat recvr
    optical from sat reciever to AVR
  12. Nov 5, 2011 #812 of 929

    mridan Godfather

    Nov 15, 2006
    I'm still having audio dropouts on HD NET Movies(561). No problems on any other channels. It has to be on D*'s end. Please fix.
  13. Nov 5, 2011 #813 of 929

    energyx Cool Member

    Aug 8, 2011
    611-1 skipping briefly approx every 20 seconds. Using analog stereo outputs to receiver.
  14. mridan

    mridan Godfather

    Nov 15, 2006
    Still having audio dropouts every few minutes making HD NET Movies unwatchable. Hd DVR hdmi to panasonic receiver. Happens with my other dvr connected hdmi to plasma. So this is not an equipment problem. Does anyone else watching this channel have audio dropouts?
  15. mridan

    mridan Godfather

    Nov 15, 2006
    On Monday 11/14 I emailed the engineer at HDnet Movies about audio dropouts. I also contacted D*. Monday night I tune to channel 561 and no more audio dropouts!!! For the last few days everything is still good. Thank you to whoever fixed the audio dropouts.
  16. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    May 17, 2010
    Yesterday afternoon I noticed CNN's audio was out of sync for awhile.
  17. Dec 6, 2011 #817 of 929

    1948GG Icon

    Aug 4, 2007
    This crap has been going on ever since the introduction of Mpeg4, way back in 2005.

    But it is affecting every channel on the system, Mpeg4/Mpeg2/SD/HD/Dolby5.1/Dolby2.0) INCLUDING the audio-only channels in the 800's.

    Interestingly, channels that are rarely affected include the Sunday Ticket broadcasts; one would think that since the signal path is 'temporary' and takes a couple 'hops' (either sat or fiber) more than the 'full time' movie channels and such (HDNet Movies comes to mind), that there is more possibility for 'errors'. But it seems to be 'not so', either that, or they (DirecTV) puts more effort into setting things up right for their 'premier' product.

    Be that as it may, and despite my extremely long association with DirecTV, I've come to the decision that when I move this coming year, DirecTV will be history for me, except for the sports programming (MLB/NFL) I can't get any other way.

    Vote with your feet/money, since DirecTV deems this a problem they don't want to fix or even acknowledge.
  18. oddballmkg

    oddballmkg New Member

    Jan 18, 2010
    I just want to say that I just got one of the Directv Tivo’s, so far no more audio drop outs! The audio no longer drop off when the channel is changed. Like most people in this thread, I was getting audio drop outs with my HR23 every 5 to 20 minutes on most all of the channels. And the drop outs had been getting worse for me over the past couple of months. For me, the swap was worth it just to get rid of the audio problems. For audio I’m using an Onkyo 805, with hdmi connection to the Tivo and Samsung TV.
  19. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    I'm interested in hearing about this over more time.
    While I don't have them as often as you seemed to have had them, they are still randomly happening.
    NatGeo HD seems to be one of my worst channels.
  20. Die Hard

    Die Hard Mentor

    Jul 21, 2010
    I am still having the same audio dropouts that I've had for 2 years.
    They are not random. I can count on them to occur 1 to 3 times per hour.
    And yes, NatGeo HD is one of the worst for exhibiting both audio and video dropouts/stutters about every ten minutes.

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