HD - Won’t display MPEG4 in live TV but recordings are OK

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  1. lhvetinari

    lhvetinari Watching telly, drinking wine - Lily Allen TCF Club

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    Hello all,

    Figured I’d fire up my old THD to make sure it still runs, etc. Since my last move I’m now in Comcast land - all MPEG4. It’s updated to the latest 11.0n.k1 so it should work fine - but it doesn’t.

    The tuners seem to have gone to pot - on a line where my usual Premiere 4 can maintain a solid 80-95 signal strength, the S3 seems to struggle around 40. No problem, I stuck an old amp on the line (1ghz, 15db) and that boosted the SNR and the signal strength, so the S3 could get a lock.

    However, I still get a black screen on all the channels - 37db SNR, 100pct signal, 0 errors, and signal/program locks OK. Video PID changes, but always has (Unknown) next to it.

    Through all of this, I can play back transfers from my Bolt in the frontroom - same system, same video encoding.

    is my old HD just losing it’s marbles? The disk was replaced about six months ago before I moved. Power supply was recapped by the last owner.
     
  2. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    S3's just don't handle MPEG4 well, even though there was an update to record MPEG4, but you cannot even transfer them. Its outdated.
     
  3. lhvetinari

    lhvetinari Watching telly, drinking wine - Lily Allen TCF Club

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    Makes sense, the thing's just reaching the end of it's life. Maybe now that I've moved closer to Chicago, I'll try it as a OTA test box.

    And who knows, maybe I get lucky and there's a lifetime transfer offer this summer.
     

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