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I've read many posts on the fact that using a blaster to control a digital stb is slow, but have not heard anyone say how (or if) they can speed it up. I am a constant channel changer and waiting 2 or 3 seconds for the channel to change is agonizingly slow. This is precisely the reason I have the analog channels hooked up to rtv and the digital is bypassing. Problem is I cannot record anything on digital (like HBO etc. etc.)


Is this what our world has come to?! A guy can't even wait a short time to change channels?!!!!


Any way around the blaster issue?

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Some options:

1) fine tune IR parameters

2) use up/down arrows on remote to "guide surf"

3) leave replay on one channel and use cable box remote to change channels


There will always be some delay if you have the video going through

replay due to encode/decode delay. Bypassing the replay completely

(as you've done) is the only way to completely eliminate the delay.
 

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Thanks sfhub. I'll mess around with these options. Last time I had my replay connections torn apart my wife just about had a cow. :)
 

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I've seen a thread where someone actually compared timings for serial and IR and found little difference. I'm not sure there is much. As sfhub says, the perception may be more from the buffering on a new channel, rather than the actual interface between the RTV and the cable/sat box.
 
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