07-27-2010 12:01:35 PM
I am in Dallas and everynight at exactly 10:03 pm the channel 8 News freezes on the HD 1008 channel. I know it is 10:03 , as they have the time of day posted in the lower right corner of the screen. Once frozen, you can tune to any other channel but you cannot return to 1008. If I start watching the news on the SD 8 it is fine but I am unable to switch to the 1008 feed (which I assume is frozen) after 10:03 pm. This only occurs on the DVR and the other receivers have no issues. This occurs with the DVR recording another channel or without. A DVR reboot resolves the issue. Without a reboot the issue is resolved in the morning when I start my day with the morning news.
I have had a service call and everything was found to be in excellent shape. I was told by AT&T to contact the TV station, WFAA, as it had to be their problem. Of course, that discussion with WFAA went nowhere.
Any thoughts on what this could be?
07-27-2010 12:10:29 PM
Could very well be an issue with WFAA-HD. The only way to see would be to connect an antenna to an ATSC tuner and watch the OTA feed from 10 PM, on. I have heard of DTV signals "bricking" OTA receivers. Remember the DTV signal carries built in code. Glad that hackers haven't exploited that..... (yet) .........
07-27-2010 02:11:34 PM
I am in the DFW area. I will watch channel 8 news (1008) tonight and let you know if I experience the same thing. I'm actually in Allen so maybe this will help you. Are you watching the news after it's been recored on the DVR? Or are you watching it live through the DVR? I want to do exactly what you are doing to try and replicate it. Will try and write a reply tonight.
Edit: I also have an OTA hooked up to my HDTV and will check the news through this as well.
07-28-2010 12:05:57 PM
Thank you guys for helping me out. It did happen again last night. I was watching it live, not recorded. I have recorded the freeze, in the past, for the technician to see. Other than a deep meaningful "Yup, it's frozen" the Tech had little else to offer. My system checked out fine. I'm assuming it's WFAA-HD's issue.
I am unable to get the WFAA-HD signal OTA as I have no outdoor antenna and their signal is too weak in Frisco for the indoor emergency antennas that I have.
This is the only issue that I have had in the last 2 yrs so I'm not anxious to change anything at this point.
Thanks again for all of your efforts!
07-28-2010 01:37:25 PM
Understand your dillema as to getting WFAA via an antenna. Frisco looks to be appx 30 miles from WFAA's antenna. WFAA 8 is actually where analog channel 8 used to be. Almost any VHF channel assignment is bad for OTA viewers. In Indianapolis we have two that remained VHF. WTHR 13 moved the DTV from RF channel 46 before transition and on transition day moved their DTV signal to 13. I could get the DTV on 46 with cheap rabbit ears but not on 13, after they moved. WISH 8 has their digital on RF channel 9. Can barely get it and then only if the rabbit ears are just right and no one moves.
An outdoor antenna or one in an attic or closet might work for these high band VHF's. In many countries they required all stations to move to UHF. Our local Channel 6 (WRTV) broadcasts on RF 25 and it is the most reliable signal. BTW - I am only 15 miles from the stations.
08-28-2010 05:23:54 AM
I have a similar situation with Houston's Ch. 2 (KPRC), but not at a certain time.
Switch to the SD channel and everything is fine. When recording 2 particular shows on that channel, it locks the whole system and goes into a reboot. Recording picks up where it started, same deal. Even trying to watch the recordings, it repeats the same behavior as when being watched live.
Ch. 2 always had a snowy picture in the rabbit ears days (before cable/pay-TV), but you'd think with all this digital technology...