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Searching for authorized content on ESPN

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by BubbaDude, Jul 3, 2007.

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  1. BubbaDude

    BubbaDude AllStar

    May 21, 2007
    Has this ever happened to anybody else? I recorded some tennis from Wimbledon on ESPN2-HD, and when I went to watch it I got the "searching for authorized content" crap and no show. I've recorded from this channel before, today even, and I can watch it live. So why did my HR20-700 suddenly decide it's a super-duper premium channel from 10 AM to 2 PM when it's not the rest of the time?

    My confidence in DirecTV is falling rapidly.
  2. shendley

    shendley Hall Of Fame

    Nov 27, 2005
    I've had a very intermittent bug for the last 2 or 3 months that has caused the same thing. On rare occasions I won't be able to receive MPEG2 broadcasts (the seventies) on one of my tuners. When I change to another station (changing the tuner) I get it in fine and then whatever MPEG2 station I change to next is not there. Whenever I've tried to play a recording from one of these times recorded off the 'wrong' tuner, I get the "searching for authorized content" message. I'm still trying - with much help from VOS - to run down the problem with my machine. It could be a bad multiswitch.

    Perhaps you're having the same problem? Or perhaps I'm just hoping you do as I've never seen anyone else with precisely my problem and, you know, misery loves company.
  3. AlbertZeroK

    AlbertZeroK Icon

    Jan 28, 2006
    Try rebooting your HR20.
  4. tftc22

    tftc22 Godfather

    Mar 29, 2007
    This isn't a bug; it's because the coverage was blacked out. View ESPN2's description for Wednesday's coverage and you will see it says "Subject to blackout in the Pacific time zone. Blacked out customers can tune to local NBC for tennis coverage."

    And seeing that you live in California that's probably what happened. Hopefully you'll see this before the same thing happens to you tomorrow.
  5. BubbaDude

    BubbaDude AllStar

    May 21, 2007
    I need to read the fine print.
  6. texasbrit

    texasbrit Well-Known Member

    Aug 9, 2006

    My guess is that your problem is that the satellite selection signal is marginal and is sometimes not getting to the dish correctly. That could be a fault in the HR20 (generating a marginal signal), in the multiswitch or cabling. Or maybe you have long cable runs. The WB68 being unpowered is prone to this problem.
    You could add a Sonora power locker to the cable runs between the multiswitch and the dish; this essentially turns the multiswitch into a powered one.
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