Originally Posted by Runch Machine
I don't know what you mean by a tuner specific bug. If you have really bad multipath caused by planes flying over, newer tuners will be better able to handle that problem but if it's bad enough, then no tuner will be able to overcome the signal issue.
I have two problems. Multipath on KTTC, which is dynamic. Modern tuners do really well with static Multipath, but dynamic is a beast. Someone suggested a Winegard hi-VHF antenna that just might be directional enough to work. I have to decide if it's worth sinking the money into that or not.
KAAL has something in their PSIP stream that causes my DVR to choke every 31 seconds. This is a documented firmware bug in the DTVPal DVR. Efforts to get the station to fix this problem have failed. Efforts to get more specific information on what setting exactly it is in their PSIP that is causing the problem have also failed. KSTP does not cause this problem, and the addition of ThisTV did not fix it. Dish has abandoned firmware updates, so it simply is what it is. A different tuner would fix this problem. My TV's tuner fixes this problem, but then I'd be watching live TV and I almost never do.
So basically I can :
A) stick with DirecTV until they carry HD LiL, paying $90/month, grit my teeth and bear it.
B) stick with DirecTV and add an AM21 and hope the new firmware makes my dog a cheetah
C) stick with DirecTV for 2 more years with no hope of a discount and spend $300 on new hardware (HR24+AM21)
D) Put $200 into a new antenna install and hope it fixes KTTC and give up hope on KAAL.
E) switch to Charter and pay about what I'm paying now, and get all my reception problems to disappear.
There is also option F, which is to buy a TiVo Premiere with a horrible OTA tuner and be out $600 and fix KAAL only, possibly losing KYIN in the process. Option G, an HTPC, is not an option.
It's almost enough to make me want to put the TV in storage. Option E doesn't look that bad to me. DirecTV really soured me by locking me into a contract with the worst DVR I've ever owned. I'd lose Qubo (kids love Magic School Bus) and would be downgraded to SD for Tennis Channel. I'd keep everything else I watch.