Originally Posted by Hyrax
This doesn't sound like the sort of thing that a cable company could do. It sounds more like a problem of your not getting a good signal from TCM. Or some sort of buffering problem in the HD-PVR. What happens when you watch TCM directly from your cable box?
My cable company (Comcast) recently switched from MPG to to low bit rate MP4, but even if Spectrum is doing the that, I do not see how this could effect what you're doing.
When my cable box is connected directly to a TV, the TCM channel plays perfectly. I connect the cable box back to my PC, and the problem starts again. So it seems the cable box is giving out the right signal from TCM. So I don't know why it doesn't do the same for my PC.
Originally Posted by DrDon
Granted, some of the old TWC systems had a wicked implementation of the CCI bit, but this doesn't sound like that.
What are you using and how is it all connected and what else is connected with it?
For example, I have a 1212 connected via component to an older DirecTV non-DVR receiver. I have the SAME receiver driving a display via HDMI. I get the same issue you're describing.. drops every 10 seconds or so.. on certain channels. Unplugging the HDMI cable fixes it. For reasons I can't figure, the DirecTV box has issues having both outputs connected, but only on SOME channels. AMC is one of them.
I have another, somewhat newer DirecTV non-DVR receiver connected to an HDMI 1x2 splitter. One output drives a display. The other output goes to a Hauppauge 1512. The loop-thru output of the 1512 drives another display. Occasionally, the DirecTV receiver will balk at having the splitter attached. Rebooting the splitter fixes that. Every so often, the 1512 will light up to record.. then turn yellow and sit there. Rebooting the computer fixes THAT. And, on occasion, the display attached to the 1512 won't show a picture. Powering off that display for a while usually fixes THAT.
So, it's a buggy setup, to say the least. But 95% of the time, it works and catches the recordings it's supposed to. The 1212 is more reliable.. especially if I leave the HDMI cable to the display disconnected.
I'm just posting all my issues in case one of them somehow helps in your situation. But, yeah. Helps to know how you have everything connected and what happens when you view TCM directly.
My cable box sends component video and optical audio to my HD-PVR. The HD-PVR is connected via USB to the PC. I use SageTV capture software, which detects the HD-PVR fine, and is able to record programs from all channels except TCM (or maybe others I don't yet know about).
I don't have the kind of "dual" outputs you have. My cable box doesn't have HDMI output.
The issues you have "for reasons you can't explain" are kind of worrisome to me. You seem to have found the workarounds and therefore were able to avoid the glitches. But I have tried many different things and have yet to find a workaround: rebooting cable box, rebooting PC, rebooting HD-PVR, using different power outlets.
And yet all my boxes seem to work perfectly when they record channels other than TCM.
This may all be due to the imperfection of the technologies of these boxes, which make them not work well together all the time. There is no chance the industry would improve these technologies that would help us make our own recordings. So this could be the fine straw that would make me cut cable.