Originally Posted by sfniceguy
Well, no such luck. My BV-980H continues to have reception problems (odd scattered pixelization showing up in the picture every so often), and, I suppose as a result, its scheduled recordings are not finishing. I guess when it loses too much signal, it stops recording. Some hour-long recordings are completing, others not.
None of my other digital devices (an HDTV and two Panasonic DVR recorders with digital tuners) are showing any of this pixelization, so everything else with digital tuners are working well with whatever level of CATV signal I've got. I don't know if this is a problem with my specific unit, or if the BV-980H's in general need a stronger signal than other devices.
No chance you have any device with a signal strength indication? I've got three and each has its own number. The real old Sony DVR says 88%, the Mag DVR says 94 to 96, my TV only shows SNR, running about 36.
My cable box, Pace RNG110, has composite output. The STB HDMI is always 1080i. The composite, analog if you have it, you could feed into the 980H and see if pixelation goes away. Should you have SD channels on your cable feed, then does that channel cause signal problems?
Yes, I have seen your problem, yet never bad enough to cause a recording failure. I have seen it on 1080i only and I watched a bit of 480i digital on the 980H and never had any pixelation.
Cable signal amplifiers? Yes, I use an amplified cable signal. I like the Radio Shack 1-to-4 more for its ablility to avoid messy cables than for its minimal signal boost. It's bi-directional but I have never tested that. I have a 30db amp on my FM antenna.
I have four cable feeds from outside. One was here when I moved in, one I paid for, one came with a 90 day trial of HBO, and one came with my modem upgrade. Also, I might be living in a really old borough, but the cable signal is really good. And it's not Comcast. Anything I can do to help, let me know.