Picture breakup and not a cloud in the sky or on radar

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by jimmie57, Nov 2, 2019.

  1. DornoDiosMio

    DornoDiosMio New Member

    Jul 17, 2013
    I'm having the issue too. Although my problems all seem to be on D14@99CA according to the Transponder Map in the following thread...

    Transponder Maps ~ Data 10/23/2019

    The one exception to this is ESPN, which IS on D14@99CA, but is not having the issue for me. I suspect that is because DTV changed ESPN to a working Satellite or sub-satellite.

    I'm not exactly sure how it all works, I just know that every channel listed as D14@99CA is having serious issues with breakup, with the exception of ESPN. I don't believe I was recording a game on ESPN, so I can't check to see if it had issues initially and then they fixed it or if it never had issues.

    I usually record the games and watch them later, so I can skip commercials or skip entire games if they aren't competitive.

    Anyway, the Transponder Map which is an Excel file can be open and read easily with the "Excel Mobile" app that you can d/l from the Windows 10 App Store. I don't believe the app is available any other way. The app can read files only and won't allow you to make any changes.

    There used to be a free normal Windows program to view Excel files in read only mode, but M$ took it down from their website and now they only link to the Windows 10 App. You could probably find the original program somewhere on the internet if you were so inclined. I don't know the name of it unfortunately. If you have W10 the Excel 'Mobile' App works fine and will let you view and navigate the spreadsheet without issue.

    Just make sure when you load the spreadsheet to click the "National" tab at the bottom left. That will list the channels in order from first to last, excluding locals. So anything on channel 100 and up will appear in that tab and you can check to see if there is a correlation for the channels that are dropping.

    For me, their definitely is and they are all D14@99CA channels. There isn't a cloud in sight and the signal is coming in as if it's raining cats & dogs outside.

    From what I just now tested it's not ALL channels on D14@99CA, but it IS a vast majority of the channels with the exception of HLNHD(204), ESPNHD (206) ESNHD(207) BRVOHD(237) AUDHD(239) LMNHD(253) BBCAHD(264) FYIHD(266) DSCHD(278) TLCHD(280) APLHD(282) CNeHD(296) NIKeHD(299). Not going to test any further channels on D14@99CA as it's obviously impacted and most/all busted channels now have a sorry for the inconvenience message. The ones listed above are the ones that currently work for me in Houston, TX.

    Keep in mind that local channels will be different for everyone since DTV uses spotbeams to send those signals only to the markets for which they are intended.

    The game between the Houston & UCF on ESPN2 went bad right at 12:58PM CST. That's when it started to have issues (I assume along with all the other channels) and it only got worse from there.
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2019
  2. James Sheeler

    James Sheeler New Member

    Apr 13, 2017
    I'm a commercial dealer and haven't received any emails from DTV about the outage although we had many customers calling in complaining the TCU game on ESPN was unwatchable I instructed our customers to switch to the SD feed as in my testing those feeds are working I also checked AT&t's Twitter page and there was no post about ongoing issues I tweeted at them and got a response within 21 seconds. I had to drive all the way out to the American airlines Center in Dallas from my house in fort Worth just to run a few tests and verify that it wasn't the DirecTV installation they're switching all their feeds over to the SD channels until we hear from AT&t that this issue is resolved[​IMG]

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  3. b4pjoe

    b4pjoe New Member

    Nov 19, 2010
    Same here. Channels, 202, 206, 229, 231, 232, 236, 242 and probably more.
  4. raromr

    raromr Legend

    Jun 24, 2010
    Same issue. I’m in Dallas.
  5. DornoDiosMio

    DornoDiosMio New Member

    Jul 17, 2013
    Yes, it's an Excel file that lists all the channels and what Satellite and Transponder they come from.

    Here is a link directly to the thread which contains the latest Excel file. You can open it in read-only mode with Excel Mobile from the Win10 App Store.

    Transponder Maps ~ Data 10/30/2019
  6. compnurd

    compnurd Hall Of Fame

    Apr 23, 2007
    Evans City PA
    It’s been fixed
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  7. slice1900

    slice1900 Well-Known Member

    Feb 14, 2013
    Less than two years before the "try switching to SD" excuse will no longer work :)
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  8. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    People could have said that in 2017 (the "end of SD" being announced in 2016). SD is resilient. :D
  9. HoTat2

    HoTat2 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 16, 2005
    Well ...

    While I can't speak for ESPN right now, the problem of picture breakup has returned for my local RSN "Spectrum SportsNet" on ch. 691.

    Fouling up a lot of the Lakers vs. Spurs game ...

    Sign ....

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