I think the problem might be something in your setup. As you know I bought the 169time equipment 17 days ago and I have recorded 56 tapes so far. I have watched well over 20 hours of it and have yet to have a dropout/pixellation. You might need to play with moving things around trying different cables and also use a line conditioner. I use a Richard Gray Power Plant. Sometime I need to unplug the JVC30k to reset the firewire ports. If someone is thinking of getting something to record satellite, the 169time equipment is the way to go. Like I said you might have to play around with things until you get it perfect. 100% success for me!!!
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