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Dish 301 Intermittent Video Problem/Intermittent Switch problem

Video Problem- There is an intermittent flashing of white colored objects like white frames around text boxes and letters. Kinda hard to describe. If I am watching a deep space scene, for example, the stars will flash and some will disappear. If I am watching something with a text crawl along the bottom, the white letters and frames will flash on and off.

Switch Problem- Occasionally when I try to access the Dish Home application, the receiver will give an error referring to the multiswitch and refuse to access Dish Home (for weather, CNN text news service, games, etc.). I still get all channels though.


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Without being there it is difficult to be 100 percent accurate but it sounds as if the receiver is on the way out. I have never seen this problem first hand and all my investigations into this receiver type has resulted in your issue being an anomaly as the software has know known issues nor does the receiver itself with the video issue you described.

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