"Awaiting the SA8000HD converter from TWC rather than trying the Pioneer unit as a 'fog' cure"
I feel the same way John, but does the Pioneer unit eliminate or reduce the frequency of dropouts? The number of dropouts on Road to Perdition last night (mainly audio) occurred often enough to ruin the movie.
It's a good thing I'm self-employed or I would have used up all of my "personal" days waiting for the TWC guys to trouble shoot problems or switch defective boxes. Is there a waiting list yet for the SA8000HD box?
Can't say I noticed that many dropouts with "Perdition", but think I have a built-in mental filter that 'eliminates' glitches unless they're really bad. I watched via TWC and my 3100HD. Guess different headend feeds might account for glitch variations--in addition to different 3100HDs. I've thought of calling about a SA8000HD waiting list, but concluded a few years back that TWC's lists don't mean much.
Also found yesterday that while RCN's 5100 has huge advantages for blacker YPbPr blacks compared to my 3100HD from TWC, the 5100's 480i-to-480p conversion delivers noticeably poorer video than the Genesis chip in my year-2000 Philips RPTV. An A-B (RCN/TWC) comparison with Lord of the Rings showed my Genesis deinterlacing/scaling delivered crisper, more-artifact-free, better-scaled images than the 5100 conversion. -- John