Originally Posted by Jed1
Take a look at your VBIDL. There should be one type 70 download, one type 27 down load, one type 81 down load, and eight type 96 down loads every day.
This is what makes me think that comparing V9 to V8 data is like comparing apples to oranges. My DVR (as well as others that I have seen, based on the download schedules they have posted) has eight type 70 downloads, four type 27 downloads, four type 81 downloads and eight type 97 (not type 96) downloads every day.
I noticed some of the pictures that mabuttra has posted has very large number of TVG1 drops and his EPP, DPP, and time zone packets are out of sync also. My version 8 running off of analog has even numbers and my version 9 running off of TVG1 has even numbers.
The timezone packets are always the weakest link here. They are currently "zooming" in at an average of about two per day LOL. That's much better than six months ago when I was averaging about one every three days. My TVG1 skips are about 25% of the total. The problem with pointing out the problems with my data, is that there is nothing wrong with the data here. My DVR can build a grid in less than three days, which isn't the greatest, but it is much faster than the reports of two weeks, to a month, to never, that I have seen here. Building a grid in less than three days is no fluke. I have reset my DVR over ten times in the last year, and have gotten a grid every time in three days or less (usually less). My point here is that if there was a software problem that prevented the DVR from consistently getting a grid (like HoustonPerson has experienced), I would have seen it at some point. That is why I blame the TVGOS data, rather than the Sony, for these problems.
The patch that sony gave you isn't functioning right and you are trying to tune in a high band VHF host channel. If you are to far from the transmitter and don't have good line of site then you will always have problems.
Are you properly set up to tune in VHF OTA signals?
If there is tall steel buildings with glass windows between you and the transmitter then you are going to have some bad multipath problems. And the farther in distance you are from the tower the more severe the multipath will become.
My host channel situation is very similar to HoustonPerson's. His host channel is channel 11, mine is supposed to be channel 12 (I'll explain what I mean by that in a moment). His is 36 miles away, mine is 37 miles away. Here's the "supposed to be channel 12" explanation. My host channel was on UHF channel 19, then on June 11, it moved to channel 12. Immediately people started complaining that they couldn't get them any more. So Channel 12 filed with the FCC to move their signal back to channel 19, and a couple of months later they did. Despite being High VHF for a while, my TVGOS data didn't suffer at all when they were on channel 12. If you look at the two recovery pages I made, the 08.01.42 recovery was done when they were on channel 12 (Host channel shows as 0:12-0), and the 08.01.71 recovery was done after they moved back to channel 19 (Host channel shows as 0:19-0).
The problem I have with blaming signal strength for HoustonPerson's problem is that it seems to me that if he is losing TVGOS data due to signal strength problems his audio and video would also suffer dramatically (constant dropouts/pixelating). If you don't see dropouts in the picture then I don't see how the TVGOS data could be damaged. I haven't asked him about this, but maybe he does have visible reception issues, that he hasn't mentioned.