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pixilation with HDMI

by stevedelage / March 1, 2011 10:31 AM PST

I have a cable box that is remotely located on other side of room (approx 40') from TV.I ran an HDMI cable through wall/ceiling. I get a lot of pixilation and disruption of picture. Cable guy says there is plenty of signal strength at cable box. Any suggestions? Cable guy says any run over 30' requires a heavy duty HDMI cable. Is this true and where can I purchase one? I have a HDMI cable that was purchased on ebay as locally they are ridiculous $.

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No that is not true
by givemeaname / March 1, 2011 12:35 PM PST
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One you can run HDMI to 100 ft with out trouble, anything over that you need a booster.

Did you get a new tv & is it bigger?
The bigger the tv the more you see "problems" in content, like pixilation & banding.

What model tv & brand is it?
Could also be some tv setting(s) ON that should be OFF, like noise reduction should be low or off, high normally adds problems. What mode is the tv in?

Cable has never had best PQ. What cable company do you have? & what model cable box do you have? Some models are better then others.


Good places for good cables at very good prices:

http://www.monoprice.com/home/index.asp
http://www.bluejeanscable.com/

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hdmi pixilation
by stevedelage / March 2, 2011 10:27 AM PST
In reply to: No that is not true

My tv is a Samsung 46" LN46c630KIF and the cable box is from Time Warner and is a Samsung SMT-H3050. This is a bigger tv than we have had in past but never had cable issues. This problem seems to happen more in afternoon and alot on Fox channel. It may just be thats when I watch most often. I have used my DVD with the same cable and the picture cuts out several times throughout the movie. I moved it closer and used 3' HDMI and had no issues. Bad cable maybe? I have had these issues since I got the cable which is when we got the bigger tv and the digital upgrade. Thanks and I look forward to any further assistance.

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Yes, bad cable or bad connection
by Pepe7 / March 2, 2011 11:54 AM PST
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If the DVD cuts out too for the most part you can be fairly certain it's the cable or connection/connectors that's bad. Since you watch mostly FOX that's merely coincidental it cuts out. (what does an hour in the afternoon of another channel do by comparison?)

If it's truly impractical to relocate your cable box much closer to the HDTV, I recommend bluejeanscable or monoprice.com for sourcing your replacement HDMI cable. Monoprice is more of a bulk discounter, and bluejeans is run by home theater enthusiasts, FWIW.

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Agreed- 40' normally isn't an issue
by Pepe7 / March 1, 2011 1:01 PM PST
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Is this signal disruption on all channels or only certain channels? All the time or only certain times of the day/night while viewing? Pixelation is not uncommon with some cable carriers since they often heavily compress certain channels that can lead to what you've described.

For kicks and giggles what happens when you extend the cable box closer to the HDTV and use a simple 6 foot HDMI cable? Similar result? What make/model cable box are you using, btw?

Is there any way you could upload a screen shot or small video of the problem?

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