A Broadcast TV License May Be Worth Something After All

Ric Werme ewerme@comcast.net
Tue Feb 27 13:42:32 EST 2007

Roger Kirk asked:
>Brian Vita wrote:

>> I have Comcast Digital cable with their DVR at my house and I see some
>> strange things, particularly in HD.  For example:
>> On the much debated Chronicle show, for the first 5-10 minutes of the show,
>> the picture would block pixelate and the sound would get choppy.  It did
>> this until the first commercial break with was in SD then cleared up on
>> return.

>Did you experience this pixellation & choppy sound while watching live 
>or from the DVR?  Pixellation & choppy sound can be the result of 
>poorly-corrected and/or excessive hard drive errors during playback i.e. 
>bad sectors.

Interesting, I saw exactly the same pixelation and echoing sound early into
the program.  I tried stopping the DVR recording, because I think the settop
box frequently gets overloaded and really fouls up the live rewind/fast
forward functions.  (It doesn't lose them, it just takes 15 seconds to process
each.)  Never heard that echoing (repeating 100+/- msec chunks of audio content
for a few seconds) before.

I have Comcast in Boscawen NH.  Either a Comcast issue or perhaps WCVB was
sending bad signal.  Did any HD viewers _not_ see the problem?

	-Ric Werme

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