Satellite 99ca Pixelating and jumpy

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Visman, Nov 2, 2019.

  1. dod1450

    dod1450 Legend

    Dec 16, 2009
    I am seeing problem on AMC channel

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  2. JoeTheDragon

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    TBS SYFY NBCSN and more
  3. RACJ2

    RACJ2 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    I'm having the same issue here in Dallas. Thanks for reminding me about the SD channels. I had them hidden and just changed that. Terrible picture quality, but better than the pixelation on HD.
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  4. wilbur_the_goose

    wilbur_the_goose Hall Of Fame

    Aug 16, 2006
    ATTHelp is telling people to view the SD feed. I wonder if they lost a satellite!
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  5. litzdog911

    litzdog911 Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2004
    Mill Creek, WA
    It's not affecting all HD channels, just channels broadcast from their satellite at 99ºW. DirecTV acknowledged it's a satellite issue that they're working to fix ASAP. In the meantime, you can set the Display Options to "Show All Channels" to see the SD channels and view the standard definition version instead of the HD channel.
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  6. 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.

    My original (longer) post about the issue in a separate thread is linked below

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

    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 and come from D14@99CA.

    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.
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2019
  7. Artificial Paradise

    Artificial Paradise Member

    Oct 9, 2014
    Looks like it’s back up fully now.
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  8. wilbur_the_goose

    wilbur_the_goose Hall Of Fame

    Aug 16, 2006
    I’d love to know why it took ATT so long to acknowledge the outage.
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  9. Visman

    Visman Legend

    Feb 16, 2008
    Houston, TX
    We will never know what happened
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  10. compnurd

    compnurd Hall Of Fame

    Apr 23, 2007
    Evans City PA
    Going with they are working on it
  11. DornoDiosMio

    DornoDiosMio New Member

    Jul 17, 2013
    I'm glad it's back up. I'm glad that they didn't experience any kind of permanent failure with the satellite.

    You're right though, we will never know what happened and why. They aren't going to tell us, they aren't even going to tell their employees.
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  12. slice1900

    slice1900 Well-Known Member

    Feb 14, 2013
    Problems like these would almost certainly not be with the satellite itself, but with something in the broadcast center. Somewhere in the systems that prepare the signals for uplink, or the uplink dish itself. It probably takes them a bit of time to identify the problem and either resolve it, or switch the uplink operation over to another site (they have two main broadcast centers, one in LA and one near Denver)

    If it was the satellite itself the channels would just go dark.
  13. TDK1044

    TDK1044 Godfather

    Apr 8, 2010
    I wonder how much redundancy and back up systems are on board these satellites? I mean, it's not like you can roll a truck to replace hardware. :)
  14. JoeTheDragon

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    What about fuel?

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