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new h20 installation

besz28
02-08-2006, 06:03 PM
the installer is on my roof as i type this installing my new mpeg 4 . iam outside quizing him after just watching the install videos. he told me pixelation is quite common with the h20 receiver if it is made in korea. he said the ones made in china are a lot better and have no pixelation. wtf????? should i throw him off my roof?

wolfman730
02-08-2006, 06:27 PM
the installer is on my roof as i type this installing my new mpeg 4 . iam outside quizing him after just watching the install videos. he told me pixelation is quite common with the h20 receiver if it is made in korea. he said the ones made in china are a lot better and have no pixelation. wtf????? should i throw him off my roof?
I would. I was told by D* that the only H-20's available at this time are made by LG (manufaturer #600). They also built the Sony line of HD receivers for D* which are excellent for MPEG-2. I had the upgrade in DEC. and was having problems with pixelation also, it was mainly on local HD channels but then showed up on MPEG-2 channels as well. I called tech support and they sent me a replacement receiver which was made in Jan. 2006. The original receiver was made in Nov.2005. It seems there were problems with the power supply which was causing overheating. The MPEG-2 channels seem fine now, but there are still occasional pixelation problems with the HD locals, which I beleive is a D* problem that has to be worked out, as with most new technology. With the new receiver the signal strength is also higher on the 103 sat. Everyone has been complaining about pixelation.

akdubya
02-08-2006, 11:27 PM
I believe that I am having this pixelation problem, as well. Did you happen to catch the Super Bowl? Bad pixelation. Did getting the new receiver fix your problems for the most part? My H20 was installed a few months ago.

rjc
02-09-2006, 07:52 AM
As someone who is somewhat new to this, can you please explain what is pixelation? What is the layman's definition of it?
Thanks

Moonyworld
02-09-2006, 02:12 PM
Pixelation is when the picture breaks up into tiny little boxes. The picture either comes back or goes away completely and you get the "searching for satellite" message. I have this problem with my HD channels in the 70's. My SD channels are fine. I think the next move is to move my dish onto my roof so my dish gets an unobstructed view of the sky. If this doesn't work, then I might be going with Verizon FIOS which is supposed to be available in my area within a few months. I have heard very good things about FIOS.

rjc
02-09-2006, 02:18 PM
Thanks Moony for the help. I will say that my dish had the same issue with my installer's first attempt at installing my AT9 dish...and then he came back and reinstalled it on my roof...now being able to clear all of the trees in my backyard...and I have had no issues with it since then.

Rainor
07-07-2006, 08:15 AM
I confirmed the overheating issue today with H-20, LG Mfg #600 unit, mfg date 12/27/2005.

I spoke to a Directv tech today and he said the new units have an internal fan. My unit (above) does not have a fan, and after tuning to an MPEG-4 Local HD channel, after 2 minutes the MPEG-4 Decoder chip appears to overheat and the picture pixelates big time...

If I tune to another non-mpeg-4 channel for a while, the chip cools, and I can view MPEG-4 content again for 1-2 minutes. I placed a muffin fan on the top and sure enough, the problem was fixed - while I wait for the replacement unit, on it's way from directv.

For anyone experiencing issues with their H-20, make sure you give it plenty of ventalation, regardless of new or old model - for they have a fundemental design flaw on the unit, and probably threw in a fan as a hack-job fix.