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post #12871 of 14743
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Originally Posted by ambesolman View Post

Got out of the shower and it was searching for signal in sat 2. Kept pressing enter to select More Info and nothing was happening. Was about to unplug or reset it when it rebooted itself. Now waiting...wtf?

Edit: gave code 771a, having trouble connecting to satellite. Restarted itself again...more waiting.

Seemed to be about done and was updating sat guide info when it restarted again! Gonna do a manual reset and see what happens. If still no dice, I'll call.

Finally working again. Pain in the ass

Apparently this system freak out deleted about 10 of my season passes. Anyone else have this problem?
post #12872 of 14743
I've had season passes deleted before for no reason. I just chalk it up as yet another glitch. =\\

As an aside, this is the one week where I really despise D* for not having G4. Much less in HD.
post #12873 of 14743
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Originally Posted by moob View Post

I've had season passes deleted before for no reason. I just chalk it up as yet another glitch. =\\

As an aside, this is the one week where I really despise D* for not having G4. Much less in HD.

American Ninja Warrior?
post #12874 of 14743
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Originally Posted by moob View Post

...I really despise D* for not having G4. Much less in HD.

This was probably talked to death when it happened, but it is very curious that DirecTV does not have this channel at first glance. After all, they scoop up EVERY channel (I have had the platinum/premier package with HD Extras for years). I was finally glad to see FSTV (Free Speech TV) come to DirecTV after my sister in law had it for years on DISH.

So, of course, it has to do with the fact that G4 is owned by Comcast, and Comcast (ever before they purchased 51% control of NBC/Universal) is the largest MSO (cable company) in the United States.

So which is it:

1. DirecTV refuses to help out a major competitor by discontinuing carriage of G4; or

2. Comcast is asking for some terms that DirecTV considers extra-ordinary, and hence cannot make a deal.

Of course, if Comcast had ownership control of NBC/Universal at that time, it would have been VERY interesting (c.f., Tennis Channel's petition to the FCC regarding discrimination by Comcast contrasted to their coverage of the Golf Channel and Versus (now NBCSports) and their "promises" made to gain regulatory permission for the merger)...

Anybody have a cloo? (NO: NOT CHANNEL 308)!
post #12875 of 14743
I can't really remember what happened either. I do remember that DirecTV claimed that the reason they dropped the channel was because it was one of the lowest rated channels. Yeah. Sure. As opposed to the other 5 billion crap channels that you still carry? Ugh...

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Originally Posted by ambesolman View Post

American Ninja Warrior?

E3. Though since I wasn't at CES this year I would have liked to have seen their coverage of that as well.

I guess that since Comic-Con has turned into an all-encompassing media event, I'd watch that now too.
post #12876 of 14743
Weather has played havoc with the signals in South Florida.

I had my first service call/alignment to boost my signal strength from 72 to 92.

So are all service calls $50?
post #12877 of 14743
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Originally Posted by MichaelLAX View Post

So which is it:


1. DirecTV refuses to help out a major competitor by discontinuing carriage of G4; or


2. Comcast is asking for some terms that DirecTV considers extra-ordinary, and hence cannot make a deal.

I believe that DirecTV stated that their current contract was up and Comcast wanted to raise the fees too much for a channel they felt had really low ratings. Comcast evidently wouldn't come down to a price DirecTV though was reasonable with the kind of ratings G4 got so they just decided to drop it altogether. I believe that DirecTV has made the decision that all new contracts have to include the rights to an HD version of the channel if available, and streaming rights, so they wouldn't even consider keeping the channel around as SD only (I wish they had at least SD would have been better than nothing).

I too miss it right now for the E3 coverage and Ninja Warrior. At least NBC is airing some of the American Ninja Warrior stuff, but I wish I could see it all (even if their commentators are pretty annoying).
post #12878 of 14743
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Originally Posted by Beerstalker View Post

I believe that DirecTV stated that their current contract was up and Comcast wanted to raise the fees too much for a channel they felt had really low ratings. Comcast evidently wouldn't come down to a price DirecTV though was reasonable with the kind of ratings G4 got so they just decided to drop it altogether. I believe that DirecTV has made the decision that all new contracts have to include the rights to an HD version of the channel if available, and streaming rights, so they wouldn't even consider keeping the channel around as SD only (I wish they had at least SD would have been better than nothing).
I too miss it right now for the E3 coverage and Ninja Warrior. At least NBC is airing some of the American Ninja Warrior stuff, but I wish I could see it all (even if their commentators are pretty annoying).
If you have an XBOX, you can watch E3 coverage live.
post #12879 of 14743
I am pissed off with Dish customer service and cancelled my service. I am thinking of siging up with Directv as a new customer (never had it). I know there area couple channels I will miss - NAT GEO WILD HD and STYLE HD (my wife, not me), but otherwise the offer and equipment looks comparable to dish. Can anyone tell me if I go with the whole house HD DVR + additional HD receivers what will improve, or stay the same or get worse compared to Dish.

I never had Directv and I am bit hesitant. I have been told that their HD PQ is incrementally better than Dish. I also have the option of Comcast but will not do business with them. Do not have Verison FIOS in my area.

Please let me know.
Edited by dandaroy - 6/9/12 at 7:43am
post #12880 of 14743
Directv is great for sports. The hddvr is slow in response when you push a button but I came from dish too and like it better. Dtv has far better service when I tell the phone promotes that I want to cancel service I get a person in the USA and they seem to be able to get me deals.
post #12881 of 14743
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Originally Posted by curtishd View Post

Directv is great for sports. The hddvr is slow in response when you push a button but I came from dish too and like it better. Dtv has far better service when I tell the phone promotes that I want to cancel service I get a person in the USA and they seem to be able to get me deals.

Do you see any difference in HD PQ quality?
post #12882 of 14743
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Originally Posted by dandaroy View Post

I am pissed off with Dish customer service and cancelled my service. I am thinking of siging up with Directv as a new customer (never had it). I know there area couple channels I will miss - NAT GEO WILD HD and STYLE HD (my wife, not me), but otherwise the offer and equipment looks comparable to dish. Can anyone tell me if I go with the whole house HD DVR + additional HD receivers what will improve, or stay the same or get worse compared to Dish.
I never had Directv and I am bit hesitant. I have been told that their HD PQ is incrementally better than Dish. I also have the option of Comcast but will not do business with them. Do not have Verison FIOS in my area.
Please let me know.

I have been a customer of Directv for about a decade , and for the last 7 years have had their maximum customer plan. When I call customer service and get an answer I don't like, I ask to be transferred to customer retention and invariably get what I want. Often I call customer retention to see If there are new deals or to get premium channels for free, and guess what, I always get something for free for 6 months or a year. If I need equipment serviced, it is always done for free or a new sample gets sent by mail for free. Picture quality is good and I rarely get weather related reception problems. I have to say they have been good to me. Hope this helps.

Cheers.
post #12883 of 14743
For the last two mornings I have been getting this message: "you are not authorized to receive this channel." If i enter any channel number I get the same message. However, after I go to channel one my Anthem D2 kicks in and then I can receive all my channels. What is happening overnight to cause this?
post #12884 of 14743
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Originally Posted by Ralarcon View Post

I have been a customer of Directv for about a decade , and for the last 7 years have had their maximum customer plan. When I call customer service and get an answer I don't like, I ask to be transferred to customer retention and invariably get what I want. Often I call customer retention to see If there are new deals or to get premium channels for free, and guess what, I always get something for free for 6 months or a year. If I need equipment serviced, it is always done for free or a new sample gets sent by mail for free. Picture quality is good and I rarely get weather related reception problems. I have to say they have been good to me. Hope this helps.
Cheers.

Good to know. I am really ticked off with Dish service. Does not look like they were very concerned to keep me as a customer. So bye bye Dish!
post #12885 of 14743
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Originally Posted by Larry Hutchinson View Post


With my system (Denon AVR3808ci (from memory)) I find that if the OSD is gone, I can get it back by switching to a different HDMI input and then back)

The question is what resolution does it come back as? I'm pretty sure that if your OSD is working, you're only getting 720p (or less) to your display.
post #12886 of 14743
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Originally Posted by Waboman View Post


It's funny you mention 720p. My DirecTV receiver is sending nothing but 720p, no matter what channel I'm on. I went into its menu and selected only 1080i/p. That seemed to work until I switch inputs. When I come back to the DirecTV input it's back to 720p.

This is what is happening to my reciever too, after the firmware update....

Its always at 720p when it starts (I have 1080i) selected via. HDMI, when I change the channel it goes back to 1080i.

What went wrong in this firmware update?
post #12887 of 14743
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Originally Posted by HDTVChallenged View Post

The question is what resolution does it come back as? I'm pretty sure that if your OSD is working, you're only getting 720p (or less) to your display.

Hmmm. I'll have to watch for this. I have noticed a lot of 720p when it seemed like it should be 1080i.
post #12888 of 14743
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Originally Posted by dandaroy View Post

Do you see any difference in HD PQ quality?

For me, I can see a clear difference in HD PQ between Dish and DirecTV, DirecTV wins every time.
post #12889 of 14743
Just a reminder...HBO/Cinemax free preview this weekend 8th - 11th.

Free preview of Showtime next weekend 15th-17th.
post #12890 of 14743
Just a tip on the 720 bug, flipping tuners will resolve the issue also without changing the channel.
post #12891 of 14743
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Originally Posted by Matt L View Post

Just a tip on the 720 bug, flipping tuners will resolve the issue also without changing the channel.

Yes ... as long as you don't "need" your OSD or need to access your AVR's menus. Frankly, I'm already fed up with squinting at my AVR's front panel display, just to see where the volume is.

OTOH, I just tried a little experiment with the HDNET MP4 encoded "resolution pattern," and I didn't see much difference between 1080i and 720p output, so ... draw your own conclusion.
post #12892 of 14743
That was strange. Somehow my HR20 reset itself to only understand 480p. Had to reenable 720p, 1080i, and 1080p and then force the HR20 to output in 1080i.
post #12893 of 14743
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Originally Posted by jabbathespud View Post

That was strange. Somehow my HR20 reset itself to only understand 480p. Had to reenable 720p, 1080i, and 1080p and then force the HR20 to output in 1080i.

Same here on HR24
post #12894 of 14743
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Originally Posted by HDTVChallenged View Post


OTOH, I just tried a little experiment with the HDNET MP4 encoded "resolution pattern," and I didn't see much difference between 1080i and 720p output, so ... draw your own conclusion.

Spoke too soon ... a closer check revealed that there is a difference between the 720p and 1080i output ... and also that when my AVR and TV are reporting 720p (with OSD working) it is, in fact, receiving and displaying a 720p image. So in short: No 1080i (or 1080/24p) output and OSD working at the same time.
post #12895 of 14743
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Originally Posted by moob View Post

I can't really remember what happened either. I do remember that DirecTV claimed that the reason they dropped the channel was because it was one of the lowest rated channels. Yeah. Sure. As opposed to the other 5 billion crap channels that you still carry? Ugh...

If that was sincere, many national religious channels would have also been taken off the lineup.

Since Comcast bought NBC, only one channel connected with that empire has seen its HD get added to DirecTV: E! Entertainment Television.
post #12896 of 14743
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Originally Posted by moob View Post

Just a reminder...HBO/Cinemax free preview this weekend 8th - 11th.
Free preview of Showtime next weekend 15th-17th.

thanks for the heads up!!!

just checking, for widescreen movies, showtime still shows in the original aspect while both hbo and cinimax still zoom in, correct?
post #12897 of 14743
Getting the 720p/1080i issue here as well since the latest update. Also having some other odd goings on. In the middle of a program the unit shuts off. I turn it on again with the remote and get the message about power saving since 4 hours of inactivity passed. I had just switched the channel about 20 minutes prior. Has done the same thing twice since. I finally decided to turn off the energy saving mode. Also getting the message about channel not subscribed to. When I switch the channel and go back it works fine. Somewhat annoying but hopefully it will be sorted soon.
post #12898 of 14743
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Originally Posted by BlueTiger View Post

If that was sincere, many national religious channels would have also been taken off the lineup.
Since Comcast bought NBC, only one channel connected with that empire has seen its HD get added to DirecTV: E! Entertainment Television.
Apples and Oranges.

Unlike G4, the religious and shopping channels actually pay to be carried, not the other way around.

It's like buying time on a channel for an infomercial. It doesn't matter what the ratings are as long as they pay the freight.
post #12899 of 14743
Does anybody have an issue with the RF remote and a HR-24 ?

I am having an issue of sensitivity, in that the buttons I press are entered twice.
IOW's, if I hit 534 it will read : 5534, 5334 or 5344.
If I hit the down button in the guide it will ship 2 pages ( screen list of channels).

The receiver is new and the remote I have had for a while.

Are there remote issues with the HR-24 with older remotes in that I have to buy a newer remove ?

Thanks,

Greg
post #12900 of 14743
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Originally Posted by yankee14 View Post

Does anybody have an issue with the RF remote and a HR-24 ?
I am having an issue of sensitivity, in that the buttons I press are entered twice.
IOW's, if I hit 534 it will read : 5534, 5334 or 5344.
If I hit the down button in the guide it will ship 2 pages ( screen list of channels).
The receiver is new and the remote I have had for a while.
Are there remote issues with the HR-24 with older remotes in that I have to buy a newer remove ?
Thanks,
Greg

I had that (and other) issues with the RF remote for my 22-100. I recently swapped it with a 20-100 and it works great (had to add an external drive for more storage though!).

The 20-100 has the RF antenna externally on the back and the 22-100 is internal and I think that made all the difference in performance for me.
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