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John1949
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I am experiencing very bad pixilation which is getting progressively worse, to the point where some programs are almost impossible to watch because they are breaking up so badly. It is particularly bad on the channels that are delivered via the internet. It may be coincidental, but it appears to be worse since upgrading to fibre. I also have a problem with the box continually freezing or failing to record and have to re-set it on average once a week. Any ideas? 

ferguson
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If the pixellation is occurring on all channels then you have more than one issue. For those transmitted over the air e.g. BBC, ITV etc. then it will be down to your aerial. For any Boost channels e.g. Sky then it will be down your internet connnection and possibly whether you are using powerline adapters. If you can give us a bit more detail that would be helpful.

John1949
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My package includes Faster Fibre with an average download speed of 35Mbps. I do use power line adaptors which are the TalkTalk ones which were installed at the same time as the box. There wasn't originally any problem, even when I was just on ordinary broadband, but things have got progressively worse to the point where some programs are almost impossible to watch. On reflection, I do think that it is only the internet channels that are affected.

ferguson
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OK, that's helpful. Are you in a position to test with a direct ethernet connection between the box and router, even if only temporarily?

 

Subject to that, if you would like the online support team to look into this for you make sure that your personal details including TalkTalk landline number are complete on your community profile here so that they can link your forum identity with your account and then give them a day or two to respond.

 

John1949
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It would be difficult to make a direct connection as the TV and router are on different floors. I will search through my collection of cables and see if I can access the box by connecting the router to one of the other telephone sockets on the same floor. 

ferguson
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I know what you mean. Personally I have a 15m ethernet cable in hand for just such eventualities, lengths like that and beyond are available easily and cheaply online.

John1949
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Thanks for your help so far, I'll get back to you when I source a cable

John1949
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I have now managed a direct connection and all is fine, so I guess that the problem lies with the power line adaptors. Is there anything that can be done with these or will I need to replace them?

OCE_Karl
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Hi

 

To make sure it is the adapters, try them in other plug sockets to rule out any electrical issues.  If still failing then they may need to be replaced.

 

Thanks

 

Karl. 

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John1949
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I have now tried the adapters through different sockets and they appear to be working OK. This obviously presents a problem as the component locations are fixed so I can only access the same electrical sockets as previously. Currently I am still running the system with the router located near the TV and connected wirelessly to the computer and music server and all is well, except I have a long run from the nearest phone socket. Now this set-up has proved successful over a fair period of time, I propose to keep this by running a permanent lead from the phone socket to the router.

The other problem that I mentioned, that of having to re-start and/or re-set the box on a regular basis, appears to be getting worse and it also failed all scheduled recordings the other night. Do I need to start a new post for this?

OCE_Karl
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Hi

 

Try a Youview Maintenance Reset (Option 2: Keep Recordings).

Please note any future scheduled recordings will be lost and will have to be rescheduled.

 

Set the box back up and see if the performance improves.

 

Thanks

 

Karl. 

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John1949
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I have done this many times, when a standard re-start doesn't work. It always works but the box soon crashes again and needs another re-start or Re-set.

OCE_Karl
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Hi

 

If this has failed to improve performance then the next step is to swap out the box for you.  I'll get that done now.

 

Thanks

 

Karl. 

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John1949
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Thanks very much

OCE_Karl
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Your welcome. 🙂

 

Karl 

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John1949
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I have now received and installed the new box, all appears fine, I will update this post after a week or so.

Thanks again for all the help so far.

OCE_Karl
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Hi

 

Glad to hear this helped.

 

Regards,

 

Karl. 

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John1949
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Everything still fine with the internet channels BUT the terrestrial channels are now pixilating badly. Not all of the channels and not all of the time but when it happens it is really bad and sometimes affects the sound as well. Recording Freeview channels is basically a hit and miss affair as you don't know if the result will be watchable or not. All of the terrestrial channels work fine if tuned in through the TV set, even though the aerial feeds through the YouView box. I have changed all of the leads and repositioned the HDMI lead into the three sockets on my TV, but no difference. I even tried a 4G filter as someone suggested that may be contributing to the problem, but again, no improvement. Any ideas??

OCE_Karl
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Hi John

 

Cam you remove the aerial from the youview box and retune the channels. 

 

Then reconnect the aerial and retune again, then see what signal level is shown for some of the youview channels.

 

Thanks

 

Karl. 

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John1949
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Hi Karl,

I have done that and am getting readings of 36 to 39 for the main channels – BBC1, 2, ITV, CH4, 5 etc – and in the 20s for the ‘lesser’ channels e.g. More4, ITV4 etc.

When tuned in directly on my TV, even through the YouView box, the strengths are c90 for the main channels down to the 60s for the ‘lesser’ ones.

So a significant decrease when tuning in via the box.