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Pictures issues on locals only??

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by Soulweeper, Mar 19, 2014.

  1. Soulweeper

    Soulweeper Icon

    Jan 9, 2005
    Or so it seems, but is that possible?

    FWIW, I live in Northern California, a couple hours north of San Francisco. HR44 in the living room, HR24 in the bedroom. Last night, my wife had channel 7(ABC) on, and I saw the picture break up/pixelate pretty good a couple times, which once in a while doesn't bother me, but this happened a few times, so I went and turned the other tv on, that is fed by the HR24, put it on the same channel, and whenever it broke up, it was identical on both, pretty much ruling out the receiver. Figured it was most likely something with just that channel, and let it go at that.

    A little while later, while watching channel 11(NBC), had the same behavior. Turned the other tv on again, same channel, and got the same results. Again, rules out one receiver, but now it's more than one channel, so the common denominator would have to be the LNB, splitter, maybe the power inserter??? That's what the process of elimination tells me anyway. I figured I'd see if it goes away, and if not, try one component at a time, and see if I can resolve it. I have a spare LNB and power inserter, and I'd probably change the cable from the LNB to the splitter, as it's easy, and it's the only cable that is out in the weather and whatnot.

    Anyway....had channel 2 on a little later, and it was doing the same thing, so just for fun, since it seemed it couldn't go more than maybe 15 minutes without an issue, I tried watching Discovery HD. I watched a show on there for about 45 minutes, with no picture issues at all. I watched Ink Master earlier tonight, on Spike, again with no issues. I did watch a show on NBC tonight that was an hour long, with no issues, but a little while ago, I had it on channel 2 again, and saw the same behavior. Obviously there has to be a common denominator, as the two receivers exhibiting the same behavior rules out either tuner, but I'm wondering if there is any way it can be an issue with just the locals, as they come off the same satellite. But then, I'm sure other people would be bringing this up as well. I'm just throwing that out there, but I'd appreciate any input on this.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. slice1900

    slice1900 Well-Known Member

    Feb 14, 2013
    Well, one possibility is that Directv is feeding your locals to you with the pixellation already present - if they receive those channels via antenna, for instance, or it is happening somewhere else in the process of getting it to the site that uplinks it to the satellite.

    Aside from that, I'm not aware of a problem which could cause only your locals to be affected. Your sample of other stations is rather small though, since you can certainly have problems that have a limited affect (like LNB problems that affect only one satellite / polarity) so you'd need to check more thoroughly before you could really conclude it was just your locals.

    Since the PI is easiest to replace, I'd try that. If it doesn't work, then the LNB since that's probably most likely of the three, and finally the cable. If you have a neighbor with Directv maybe ask if they've noticed similar issues with locals - if they have then you can probably ignore it (or call Directv if it goes a few days and nothing improves)
  3. Soulweeper

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    Jan 9, 2005
    Yeah, you're right about my sampling......the frequency of the issues on the locals the other night and what appeared to be the absence of the same issues on Discovery and Spike could merely be coincidental, and not a thorough enough sampling to e conclusive. I knew my "locals only" theory could be a bit of a stretch, but figured it wouldn't hurt to ask.

    The LNB seems the most likely culprit to me too, since like you said, it can have an issue that affects one satellite, and that could be the issue right there.
  4. Jodean

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    Jul 17, 2010
    nah... this is a directv thing...happens all over the place

    cbs was being stupid for at least two months here, pixel and audio jitter about every 10 minutes, made watchign shows impossible was missing several seconds and words at at time.

    All directv recievers were doing it. Several customers called me having the same issue. Dish net had no problems, all 3 cables companies had no problems with cbs either.

    I even called into Directv several times during that 2 months and complained, told them it made me feel stupid installing a bunch of systems that immediatly didnt work and the customers even noticed while i was there installing that cbs was breaking up.

    1st time i called in they claimed no such issues existed. 3 rd time i called in they said ya we know about it and it should be fixed, finally 2 months later its bakc to normal.

    Had to use antenna for 2 months for cbs though....
  5. Soulweeper

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    Jan 9, 2005
    Yeah......it has definitely almost disappeared, and I've done nothing. A few recorded shows had some of the issues I described, and I asked my wife "what night did this show record?", and she said "Monday night".....which was the night that prompted me to make the original post. I don't know for sure what it was/is, but for right now, it has at least toned way down, whereas the night I first posted about, it couldn't even go 15 minutes without something. Time will tell. :)
  6. Salad Is Slaughter

    Salad Is Slaughter Cool Member

    Nov 16, 2008
    I had someone out this weekend for this issue (freezing picture on locals - FOX being the worst one - while other networks fine) and couldn't find a problem with my equipment or signal strength. About 20 minutes after he left, his supervisor called and said that they had an email alert stating that SF Bay Area locals were having issues but that they should be resolved now. The programs we recorded Friday and after have been good.
  7. Soulweeper

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    Jan 9, 2005
    Yeah, I've seen this behavior here and there, but nothing like the night I originally posted about. Saw it a little on NBC last night.
  8. Wolfmanjohn

    Wolfmanjohn Cool Member

    Aug 8, 2002
    Chico, CA
    For the price of a PI and LNB, you can do a rooftop antenna if the topography is not too bad between you and Sutro tower. My OTA antenna here in Chico not only bags me our pathetic locals, but Sacramento 95% of the time, as well. Just a thought.

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