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Old 07-25-2012, 09:07 AM - Thread Starter
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This post is cable centric, but the programming is HD. I didn't see an equivalent HD (cable source - technical) forum. If there is, let me know and I'll move the post.

I live in NYC and have Time Warner digital cable. On some channels and when using their Start Over service, I tend to get pixelation or complete dropout.

I called TWC, who send over a technician. He told me that the cable I have running in the walls was RG59, and it really should be RG6U (IIRC).

Replacing the cable in the walls would be a huge, expensive, and difficult project. Is there any way to boost the signal through the RG59, or otherwise improve the signal getting to the box?

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Unless your cable runs are very long, RG59 should be adequate. I would have someone from TWC either:
1) check replace connectors
2) check incoming signal levels from their incoming feed and adjust accordingly
3) provide a bi-drectional signal amp to compensate for low levels

Or.... you can purchase an amp on your own if you don't want to deal with TWC.
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It could be as simple as a bad splitter, or connector. I had some channels pixelate on me, while others were fine, turned out it was a bad splitter that was affecting certain frequencies. "look back" is probably using frequencies that a bad splitter or connector is failing at.

6 TV's in the house on FiOS and we only pay $4.99/month to connect them all!!! Power to the CableCard and WMC7!!!
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