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Old 02-17-2011, 04:22 PM
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Lot's of great stuff this week!

http://www.highdefdigest.com/news/sh...ony_No_94/6371
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Old 02-18-2011, 04:37 PM
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On the homework question: What type of AT&T service--DSL or U-verse? What other equipment is in use--routers, set-top boxes, residential gateways, etc.? How are they connected?
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Old 02-18-2011, 05:03 PM
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"Flipper" Discs

Universal has released a bunch of catalog titles on flippers:

http://hd.engadget.com/2010/01/15/un...gets-reviewed/

http://dvice.com/archives/2010/04/universals-flip.php

http://hothardware.com/News/Universa...Flipper-Discs/

Another Sumitt release

http://www.shop.com/GHOST_WRITER_(BL...l?sourceid=298
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Old 02-18-2011, 05:11 PM
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I have the same issue with a Pioneer VSX-920 cutting out for a split second. Since it is the same line of receiver I would presume that is the cause. It has never happened to me more than once during a movie and usually doesn't happen during a movie, and has never happened during a video game that I remember (I'm using a PS3). So I have decided just to live with it for now since it is such a minor issue.
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I'm not sure what the Receiver-in-question's display looks like, but my PS3 likes to un-handshake once or twice during playback. Though I can't be certain if it's the receiver or the PS3 (I have swapped inputs), my Denon front-panel display shows incoming channels (2/5.1/7.1) on the left, and outgoing channels (to my speakers) on the right. When I get that second of black screen, the INPUT side disappears, and then comes back with picture.
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Old 02-18-2011, 07:01 PM
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The HD-DVD format had tons of flipper discs (called combo discs then). I remember a lot of people having problems with those. Was it just shoddy manufacturing that is now corrected with these blu-rays or what? I personally never had a problem with the combo discs on my Xbox HD-DVD drive, but sure saw plenty of complaints here.
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Back to the homework problem: Just ran across this post on AVSForum by way of blu-ray.com:
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Originally Posted by bboucher790
(I'm posting this on as many forums as I can to get the word out, it frustrated the crap out of me)

Hey everyone, the slow PS3 downloads seem to be a DNS issue. This all started a few weeks ago when my PS3 failed to update to 3.56. After troubleshooting, I downloaded the 3.56 update on my PC, directly from Sony's site, and could only manage 20 kb/s. At this point, I knew it was not PS3 related. A few years ago, I had a similar issue with ATT DSL and had to use alternate DNS servers to fix my problem. Sure enough, changing my PS3 DNS Servers fixed this issue for me, yet again.

Here's a short tutorial for those who may need step by step instructions:
#1 - Go to Network Settings on your PS3
#2 - Select Customized
#3 - Use either Wired or Wireless, depending on your connection.
#4 - Enter your information as usual, when you get to "DNS Servers",
manually enter:

Primary: 8.8.8.8
Secondary: 8.8.4.4

Hope this works for you as well.

P.S.: Screw ATT Tech Support
There should be similar places to change your DNS settings on your Roku & Vudu boxes as well. (Edit: The DNS addresses given are Google's open DNS servers; if you have another favorite, substitute it.)

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Old 02-19-2011, 01:36 AM
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For the person having the drop out issue with their Pioneer receiver... I to have issues like that, but they are rare. It has happened maybe 4 or 5 times in 10 month span. I have the Pioneer 820k which is a few model steps down from the 1020k. The only real issue I have had is when I watched Monsters on Blu-ray last week. During the beginning of the movie my whole receiver shut off on me 3 times. Not sure why, it just did, but have not noticed any issues since then. If you were wondering, my PS3 is connected to my 820k receiver and my receiver is connected to a Samsing 750B series LCD.
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Old 02-19-2011, 07:41 AM
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One last update on the homework assignment: This seems to be a common problem with AT&T U-verse users. Monitor the forums at utalk.att.com and www.uverseusers.com for possible solutions. You may be able to contact AT&T tech support thru those forums to adjust/reset your residential gateway (RG).

If you choose the previous solution (i.e., change DNS servers), some other options include:
  • 4.2.2.1 / 4.2.2.2 (Level3's open servers, formerly GTEI/Verizon)
  • 208.67.222.222 / 208.67.220.220 (OpenDNS)
  • 68.94.156.1 / 68.94.157.1 (AT&T's own DNS servers; bypasses DNS issues with RG while still relying on AT&T-specific DNS-related services)

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Old 02-19-2011, 10:59 AM
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Q: I've noticed multiple times that movies on TV will be noticeably sped up. The first time I noticed this was 'Spider-Man 3'. If I remember correctly, the channel was TBS. It took me a few minutes to figure out what was putting me off so much. But as soon as I got it, it appeared horribly jarring. It really made the whole thing look cheap.
It looks cheap because it's Spider-Man 3.

Wait, --you want to slow Spider-Man 3 down?

It's just Spider-Man 3 "putting you off".

They speed Spider-Man 3 up, purposefully, so that not as many people fall into a coma.



(I've got more... if you'd like. --of all the movies to use as an example.)
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