Don't rush on your decision on what's wrong.CompiledMonkey said:My freaking picture goes out and a TV message "Not supported mode" shows up.
The audio was still coming through so I figured the dish and service were OK, unless something very specific had happened. But since I was getting the TV message, I almost knew it was a port issue on either my TV or the DirecTV box.
I'm using HDMI. So I tried it in another port on the TV and got the same message. I tried another HDMI cable, same deal. I swapped out the HDMI cable for composite cables and it's back. So, it appears that my DirecTV box's HDMI port has gone bad.
How should I approach D* support with this? Will they replace the box or ask me to cover some of the cost? I had service installed just a month or so ago so it's not like the box is very old.
Seriously, I've gotten a rash of similar issues with one of my TV's lately and it's hooked to a Verizon Motorola HD DVR box.
I think the problem is something coming through the signal from ESPN. The fix for me has been to pull the power plug on the Verizon box, plug it back in and wait for the reboot.
For you, I'd try doing a menu > restart and if that doesn't work, perhaps a Red Button Reset to get the box rebooted. You'll probably find things are back to normal. If so, then perhaps the problem was much the same as what I have been seeing -- garbled signal and/or bogus code coming from ESPN.