Originally Posted by ToddUGA
So am I the only one getting the weird framerate issues on both stations via DirecTV? Does it manifest itself via OTA whenever film based material is shown? I no longer have my antenna installed so I can't test the OTA signal.
You're not the only one. I am a Directv customer and I recently hooked up a Directv HR-20 DVR to my primary tv, a Sony that I bought last year. In the HR-20 are two OTA tuners and two Directv tuners. The Sony, of course, has its own tuner. I have an antenna that feeds both the Directv OTA tuners and the Sony tuner. When I watch WGXA programming (FOX or ABC) via the HR-20 Directv tuners (the signal beamed down from the satellite in the sky), the video has the frame-rate problem that we've been discussing. To me, it looks as if the video is too slow. Also, the audio drops out pretty regularly. It used to have a brapping sound associated with it, but it doesn't any more. It just drops out completely and then comes back on with a second or two.
Via the OTA tuners in the HR-20, the frame-rate problem for FOX and ABC does not occur. The "speed" of the video is natural looking. However, from time to time, the video will break up a little, but quickly recovers. The audio drops out, though, just as badly as via the Directv tuners. On channels 24.1 and 24.2, both OTA tuners in the HR-20 show a signal strength of between 95 and 100.
Via the tuner in the Sony tv, FOX and ABC video seem very good - no frame-rate problems that I can perceive, and no breaking up (at least not in the last couple of days). The audio dropouts, however, are as bad as those via the Directv OTA tuners and the Directv tuners. They're frequent enough to be very annoying. Signal strength for 24.1 and 24.2 is usually between 95 and 100 on this tuner, as well. Why the Sony tuner does better on the video portion than the Directv OTA tuners, I don't know. All tuners are fed by the same antenna. Go figure.
By the way, I think Ralph and Richard do a terrific job. I know from personal experience that Ralph will bend over backwards to help a viewer with problems, and not just pass it off as the viewer's error. But I do think they need to know the nature and description of the problems that various viewers are experiencing so that they can properly analyze, troubleshoot, and fix the problems. How will they know, if someone doesn't tell them?