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Turning off TV turns off cable box

by wtrider60 / January 7, 2010 12:56 AM PST

I just purchased a PN58B860 and am using it with a Motorola DCH6416 cable box/DVR.
When I turn the power off to the TV it turns the cable box off completely. I have them connected via HDMI.
I need the cable box to go into standby so that recordings will still happen.
Has anyone else had this problem? Any ideas?

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Yes, I did.
by wtrider60 / January 7, 2010 1:16 AM PST

Yes, I turned Anynet off and it still turns the cable box off. If I understand correctly since the cable box is not Samsung it shouldn't affect a Motorola device, right?

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One more idea.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 12, 2010 10:42 PM PST
In reply to: Yes, I did.

Unplug the HDMI and connect with component. Re-test. if it turns off, ouch, it's not what I thought but just the remote sending out the code.

Should be interesting.

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Very Strange....
by wtrider60 / January 16, 2010 10:00 PM PST
In reply to: One more idea.

I ended up moving the TV and afterwards I decided to try again. I disabled Anynet+ and now turning off the TV does not turn off the Motorola DVR!
I know your thinking that I never turned it off in the first place but I guarantee that I did.
The only thing I can think of is there is a time delay between the actual disabling the function and when it actually takes effect? And maybe I didn't wait long enough before?

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Samsung TV and DVR/cable box
by geriatricjim / April 3, 2010 4:40 AM PDT
In reply to: Very Strange....

I had the same problem. Over the last 6 weeks, I have replaced the box 4-5 times, TWC basically rewired the house...nothing. Yesterday they came and connected the TV to the DVR box as a component rather than the HDMI cable and it hasn't turned off yet. I used to have to re-boot the box 5-6 times a day. They brought some tech guy who said that Samsungs cause the box to power down for some reason..

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Samsung TV and DVR/cable box
by Samsung_HD_Tech Samsung staff / April 14, 2010 4:29 PM PDT


Thanks for the feedback. I'll look into that, but I'm not sure how the TV would cause the box to power down. If that's the case, you might try disabling the Anynet+ function on the TV. Anynet+ is our version of HDMI-CEC - consumer electronics control - and is compatible with other Samsung products. But it can also send a signal back and forth to the cable box.

If you feel like trying it, that may be a good place to start. If that doesn't fix it, it may be the box. I'd have know way of knowing definitively, and while the finger was pointed at us, I wouldn't be able to determine either way. But if the TV isn't sending a signal through CEC for the cable box, it wouldn't be able to "instruct" the cable box to do anything.

I hope that helps. Maybe worth a shot.


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Same problem on my ln46c630
by jnicewc / May 17, 2010 12:11 AM PDT

I am having the same issue. I tried all of the above suggestions. Even when I manually press the off button on the set, it completely cuts the power supply to the cable box. I cannot even power the cable box on when the TV is off.

It is pretty frustrating considering that I bought the set less than a week ago and all the time I spent wall mounting/wiring it. I called Samsung support and they haven't been able to solve the problem as of yet. Any udates on other possible causes/solutions?

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Dummies like myself BEWARE!
by jnicewc / May 17, 2010 9:20 AM PDT

The power strip they sold me at Best Buy was of the power saving variety. What i didn't realize was that there were three different outlets on it. A master, two that were controlled by the master and two that are always on. I had the TV plugged into the master and the cable box plugged into one that was controlled by the master. DOH!!

Check your power strips!!! Make sure the cable box is plugged into one that is always on.

I figured I would sacrifice my pride so that some of you may not suffer the fits of rage I have gone through trying to figure this out.

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Jinkies you are brilliant!!!!
by Jay112500 / November 29, 2010 1:35 AM PST

I spent days trying to figure that out. Checked online, tinkered with the tv settings, called direct tv, etc. I'm glad you took the time to share your knowledge.

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I could have spent a year....
by Samsung_HD_Tech Samsung staff / November 29, 2010 5:16 AM PST


Brilliant indeed.

I could have spent a year trying to imagine that variable.

Thanks for posting. I've added it to my arsenal of troubleshooting tips.


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Thank you.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 29, 2010 5:51 AM PST

I had one of those and didn't think they were that popular!

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