This started right after the U540 update:
- The screen goes black or freezes. The only way to get out of it is to change the channel. And there is no way to go back to what you missed. When you change back and try to scan back or use the "Restart" options, it's as if it's your first or initial visit. During the black or frozen screen, all the OSDs work and come up or go away when the appropriate buttons are pressed. So the STB doesn't lock up. But the actions that they evoke just take you through their proper course or back to the black or frozen screen. And if you close out and go to the program in the "Recordings" and try to play it again, the screen goes black, all the appropriate OSD's pop up and the Progress Bar goes sliding across the area and there is no stopping or pausing it and no way to view the program. While you can rotate through all the OSDs and press buttons, no matter what, above is the only behavior you'll get.
- And or When a program has frozen, and can be caused by being paused (for too long) and frozen or the screen goes black for no reason while watching, if you stop the program, go and find it in Recordings and try to restart it, the screen goes black, the OSDs pop up on the screen and the progress bar goes shooting across the space and it does this every time you try. And you can not get back to the place where it happened to continue on. Switching to another program then back helps, but the problem program has to start over and you have to scan forward to that spot. The only way I have found helps is to do a reboot.
- Then there is also when you right off the top the selected program, the screen goes black, the OSDs pop up and the progress bar goes sliding to the end in seconds. There is no way to access this program. Now Pull-thePlug Power Cycle helps most of the time and the situation stays away for a while.
- When it first started and I had not figured it out yet, I had thought that the programs that I tried that wouldn't play were corrupt and would not play at all. And this all started with U540. So since these days after a day or so you can usually find the program elsewhere easily and in far better quality. It is teaching me how to get programming if I ever look to cut the cord.