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Thanks, rainfade, seriously (not)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by BreezeCJ, May 6, 2009.

  1. May 6, 2009 #1 of 37

    BreezeCJ Legend

    Jan 7, 2007
    In the Philly area tonight, not only did I get to miss the end of recording American Idol for the wife, but more importantly, the last 15 minutes of 'Lost' were (ahem) LOST!

    As an individual who is seriously invested in 5 friggin' seasons of Lost, I couldn't be more livid. Now I'll have to wait 2 days and watch it on my computer...not really the same.

    Just thought I'd vent. God, I'm pissed. Yet I stay with DTV, am I a fool?

  2. May 6, 2009 #2 of 37

    priester68 AllStar

    Sep 10, 2008
    I got mad at Directv too the other day and started asking questions on the Dish forum about switching. Seems that Dish people have the same problems as we do. If you were watching it in HD then it sucks you missed it. I found that SD programs will fight the rain fade better than HD. If I can't get a signal on an HD channel, i can turn to a SD channel and it will come in. If you have a choice, you may try to record your show in both HD and SD so that next time you might be able to watch the whole thing rain fade or not. Just an idea. Good Luck.
  3. May 6, 2009 #3 of 37

    roadrunner1782 Icon

    Sep 27, 2008
    You're not a fool for staying. It happens to us all eventually. I think that's the only thing cable has on satellite companies is no rain fade, but then again I hear so many people saying their cable company has a bunch of outages so maybe I'm wrong on that. If you were recording your shows in HD keep in mind that the satellites those channels are coming from are alot more susceptible to rain fade.
  4. May 7, 2009 #4 of 37

    Msguy Hall Of Fame

    May 22, 2003
    Let me tell you something feller' Rain Fade happens to us all. There is almost no way around it when it comes a thunderstorm. DirecTv with the HD is still the best choice out there. I'll gladly settle for a few rain fadeouts than i will piss poor service from the local cable company that charges more for less channels. So you missed the end of a "Lost" episode. Big Deal as you said look at in on the computer in a day or two. I'll still take DirecTv any day of the week over any other Television service provider.
  5. May 7, 2009 #5 of 37

    Shades228 DaBears

    Mar 18, 2008
    If there is nothing else set to record at that time you could do a redundant recording and do the SD channel as well.
  6. May 7, 2009 #6 of 37

    apferrando Cool Member

    Oct 20, 2008
    You can watch it today on abc.com... and in high def... unless of course you're busy today ;) ... I had to do the same thing just a few weeks ago, wasn't as awful as I thought it was gonna be.
  7. May 7, 2009 #7 of 37

    Brandon428 Hall Of Fame

    Mar 21, 2007
    Can you get FiOS?
  8. May 7, 2009 #8 of 37

    ansky Hall Of Fame

    Oct 11, 2005
    It rained harder last night than I have ever seen before in NJ. The sound of the rain hitting the roof was like being under a waterfall.
  9. May 7, 2009 #9 of 37
    Lee L

    Lee L Hall Of Fame

    Aug 15, 2002
    This is why I really like that we have HR20s with OTA tuners. It might be worth getting an AM 21. On the rare occaision we do get rain fade, it is nice to be able to keep watching.
  10. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

    Jan 21, 2003
    Not really.

    Which would you rather have:
    1) 5-10 minutes of rain fade
    2) Cable out for a week

    I know which one I'd pick.

    Had some windstorms a few weeks ago go thru here. Trees bring down cables. Cable TV/Internet out for days. Some people I know were down over a week.
    Me, I never lost anything. Didn't even have any rainfade on that one (wasn't a big rain event).

    Needless to say yet more dishes have gone up in the area since that one.

    So again, I'll take the couple times a year rain fade event over losing TV completely for days on end. Maybe that's just me, but some perspective may be needed on this issue.
  11. miketorse

    miketorse Icon

    Jul 29, 2008
    Lost is the only show I do this with, but this is what I do: I record my DirecTV supplied ABC HD Station on my HR22, also record the OTA ABC HD station on the same HR22 via AM-21, and finally record the SD channel upstairs on my R-15. Lost is the one show I don't want to miss a second of! :)
  12. mcbeevee

    mcbeevee 97% Complete

    Sep 18, 2006
    If there is heavy rain predicted in my area, I will switch my network recordings of shows I don't want to miss (like Lost) from Sat to OTA. I forgot to do this once, then had to watch Lost on the "little screen" (ie PC monitor)!

  13. homeskillet

    homeskillet Icon

    Feb 3, 2004
    I've seen our NBC station lose their connection to New York due to rain fade before. They just put up a radar image with a scroll saying due to heavy rain at their studio they have lost their satellite connection to NBC New York. This was a smaller market NBC station (Not Kansas City)
  14. BreezeCJ

    BreezeCJ Legend

    Jan 7, 2007
    I was being facetious. I love DTV & was just pissed that I missed the end of my favorite show. I've been a customer since the early 90's, and actually the rainfade issue is not nearly as bad as it was way back then!
  15. bluemoon737

    bluemoon737 Godfather

    Feb 20, 2007
    Portsmouth, NH

    Or better yet, an OTA channel as back up.
  16. VaJim

    VaJim Godfather

    Jul 26, 2006

    BTW...what is 'LOST'?:D
  17. Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 24, 2007
    I almost never see rain fade anymore.

    I haven't had more then some blocking or stuttering in almost two years...except for that time the wet snow filled up my dish. :grin:

    Before the AU9 we had rain fade a few times a year. Since then it’s almost disappeared.

    Does anyone know if the Slimline is less susceptible or is it maybe that the installer did a better job this time?

    To the OP, I don’t think you’re a fool. In my case, DirecTV has been and continues to be the best option. :)

    Vent away if you need to. :D

  18. kpantz

    kpantz AllStar

    Jan 7, 2009
    Had rain fade in the Lehigh Valley that same night, only about an hour later. Made (helped?) me (mercifully) miss the end of the Yanks game on YES HD. Switched to SD for a while and was OK. Event lasted about 10 minutes.

    I have no legitimate OTA capabilities. Maybe a couple NE PA local stations, but no major networks available. Combination of distance and terrain are killin' me out here!
  19. KC2LLW

    KC2LLW AllStar

    Jul 25, 2008
    That's why I got D* back in 1997 I have a dish up state at our farm house and one in our Deer camp just grab the receiver and your set instant TV anywhere and like you say when the wires are down from a big ice storm my dish and generator keeps us going and watching D*.
  20. D*HR-20

    D*HR-20 Legend

    Jan 7, 2007
    You think you dealt with rain fade. Earlier this week, one of my local affiliates had rain fade on their dish that they use to get network programming. Since I was recording OTA on my HR20 because of the bad weather, I know they just went to a weather update until they could get the network signal back.

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