Originally Posted by biffbyun
Personally, I don't think it is a hard drive issue. One because I have an external sata drive attached doing the recording and second, because it doesn't happen on any of the other recorded HD channels. I don't think fox's feed take particularly any more bandwidth than the other stations.
Actually, they might. Different channels allocate different amounts of bandwidth to their signals. Even those with only a single subchannel may be supplying different data rates over that subchannel. And, of course, we can only guess at what the cable company does with them when it converts from 8VSB over to QAM256.
In my case, I'm reasonably sure that it's a hard drive issue. Once I added the large external eSATA drive to the system, the problem became far less prevalent. And on my system (T/W in NE OH), it's definitely NOT limited to a single channel.
My recording of Fringe from last week does not exhibit audio dropouts. (It does have a couple of A/V glitches, but they affect both video and audio and definitely don't follow the dropout pattern that I've seen on the original hard drive.)
For the record, my first observation of this problem came on an HBO broadcast of Walk The Line. I've also seen it on numerous editions of Alias that were broadcast on TBS-HD. I can't think of any Fox examples, though there certainly may have been some. (Then again, maybe not - Fox doesn't have much on that I care about. We'll see what happens when 24 comes back on next year.)