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For the past week or so, I have noticed that some of my HD channels are virtually unwatchable due to constant video and audio break ups. I wonder if it has anything to do with the SDV switchover.

I recorded True Blood on Sunday on HBOHD and the breakups were throughout the recording (I recorded it from TMNHD at 12 and it was fine). I recorded House last night at 8 on east FOXHD (simsubbed by Global) and the same breakups were occuring. Fringe at 9 on the same channel were fine?!?!

My signal is otherwise very good.

Anyone else noticing this?

Thanks,

Kibosh

Edit by 57: Many issues with SDV can be traced to devices upstream of the STB which prevent the STB signal from getting to the node. If you're having SDV issues, temporarily remove any such devices - splitters, power bars, amps, etc. and place the STB as close as possible to the demarcation point in the home with little/nothing upstream, besides a good cable. Sometimes the issue is with the main line to you and your neighbours.


IF you want to discuss SDV, what it does, when it's coming, etc, see the following links

http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=51559

http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=88296
 

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I watched House last night and it was fine here in Toronto. Last week I was watching a show, can't remember which one, and experienced the same breakups. Rogers caught the problem and switched back to the US network until the Canadian network was fixed, which was a minute or so later.

SDV is not active in my area yet and I have noticed various glitches in HD on different stations and shows since I got my 4250HD a few months back.
 

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A whole bunch of my channels are now problematic, to the point that I can't even tune them in. eg. E!HD, HDOM1, HDOM2, HDPBS, etc.

I am in Scarberia, and this is both with my 8300HD PVR and my 3250HD.

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Interesting... A reboot solved the problem. They load fine now on the 3250HD. I'll try the 8300HD PVR later.
 

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As mentioned, House (airing last night) had break-ups, and the Global feed was eventually tossed in favour of the Fox feed. (They tried to change back to Global once or twice before giving up and going with Fox for the remainder of the show.)

Tonight Bones was exhibiting the same problems with the Global feed. Half way through the show, they finally switched to Fox, but the audio was missing!

Thank goodness for west coast air times!

Anybody have a ticket number for this nonsense?

Edit: Sure, I have one, C4977068.
 

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Exact same thing for me here in North York... both last nights House and Fringe recorded from Fox Buffalo HD, but simsubbed with Global, were screwed up and unwatchable. I didn't know until tonight, so its too late to record the west coast shows.

Tonight Bones was screwed up too, also on Fox Buffalo HD, simsubbed by Global. I'm now recording the west coast feed.
 

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Whew . . . I was beginning to think it was just me! For the past 2 weeks I have recorded Knight Rider (I know, it's crap) on the NBCHD East feed and I get the same breakups. It seems to be affecting several channels. I have noticed:

NBC-HD East
FOX-HD East (Sim-subbed by Global)
HBO-HD

At first I was thinking, uh-oh more Buffalo issues, but it definitely occurs on HBO as well . . . then I noticed that it started happening around the time they started messing around with SDV.

Kibosh
 

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I just upgraded to an SA8300 HD PVR a week ago, and that is when I started noticing this issue and was about to take the box back to get exchanged.

The issue I see is very brief (fraction of a second) image freeze/partial pixellation, with audio stutter/dropout. Maybe a couple of times in a 1 hour show.

Does that symptom match what is being discussed here? I'm not convinced I don't have a problem with the box as well, since I seem to see this across channels/HD programs.

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frankied: What I saw was large rectangular blocks of garbled picture, and audio problems, continuously every 2-5 seconds.
 

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I should have posted my post about my STB acting up here :rolleyes:

Same thing last night when I was watching "Life" (NBC no simsub) the sound and picture was breaking up at the beginning of the show after 15min. everything was fine.

Even Law & Order was fine.

Live in south Scarberia/Toronto limit
 

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SDV Channels not working in Scarberia!

Tonight I was flipping channels when I noticed that 545 CNNHD said "Tuning SDV" but the channel never came up and after a few seconds it said "channel unavailable". Other SDV channels such as SpeedHD, HDNet, Superchannel(s) HD were the same.

I thought that perhaps my box was in "broadcast" mode but this did not appear to be the case as VOD worked fine. And the result was exactly the same on three HD boxes, all different models - SA3250HD, SA4250HD and SA8300HD.

And I didn't even know that they were using SDV in Scarborough yet!
 

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My location is east of Vic Park north of Kingston rd

I think it is Scarborough south west.....but I'm not sure

I just give my relative location in case someone is asking
 

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Tonight I was flipping channels when I noticed that 545 CNNHD said "Tuning SDV" but the channel never came up and after a few seconds it said "channel unavailable". Other SDV channels such as SpeedHD, HDNet, Superchannel(s) HD were the same.

I thought that perhaps my box was in "broadcast" mode but this did not appear to be the case as VOD worked fine. And the result was exactly the same on three HD boxes, all different models - SA3250HD, SA4250HD and SA8300HD.

And I didn't even know that they were using SDV in Scarborough yet!
As I mentioned earlier in the (merged) thread:

I had the same SDV (non-)tuning problem, but a hard reboot solved it. By hard reboot, I mean physically unplugging the machine, waiting a few seconds, and then plugging it back in.

(At least it solved it with one box. I'll try the others tonite.)
 
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