Here a few more observations. I can't believe I did not notice this the previous veiwings:
While watching the recorded, "The Thing With Two Heads", on MGM-HD just now, There was a "blackout" of both video and audio at the :55 min mark, during a helicoptor scene. EXCEPT....what I noticed this time was that when the screen goes black, the MGM-HD bug/logo is STILL in the bottom right hand corner. So I went back and checked "Unforgiven", also recorded off MGM-HD and where the two blackouts happen, the logo is there as well.
What does THAT mean?
Now, sometimes it appears to happen at a scene change. Does that mean anything?
MGM-HD also has the audio dropouts and stutter.....but it is the only channel, so far, that has 2 second blackouts. HDNetMovies on the other hand, has multiple stutter points but no blackouts.
Any ideas before I call D* tomorrow?
I'm not really sure if any other channels have problems. The only other channel I've watched in long stretches is A&E-HD for the "CSI: Miami" marathon. No problems at all there.
I'm now watching the recorded "Explorer" and "Prison Nation" on NGC-HD. I'll post results later. I wonder how Universal-HD is with movies?