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gordonlevy's avatar
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7 months ago

Weekend TV

I have a strange problem. This happens only on weekends. With the remote, when I use the guide the TV freezes. This is a new problem. Does anyone know how to fix this? Has anyone ever heard of this. I am hoping that someone at Cox can help me get this fixed. 

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  • CurtB's avatar
    Valued Contributor III

    The fact this has only happened on weekends and when using the guide is probably a coincidence.

     You should reboot your receiver to see if that fixes the issue.  If not...

    What you described is a symptom of a signal issue somewhere between your receiver and the Cox server.  When you press a button on the remote, a command request is sent to the Cox server which sends a response back to your receiver.  A signal issue can cause the receiver to lock up waiting for a response from the server that it never receives.  While watching a crystal clear channel, does your receiver ever freeze when you press pause, reverse or fast forward?  If the answer is yes, you should schedule a tech visit to check your signal.  If your cable comes in from a pole, be sure to request a tech with a long ladder.  The tech should check your signal at the tap to determine if there's a main line issue.  If the issue is on Cox's side of the demarc, you won't be charged for the tech visit.

  • DebuDG's avatar
    New Contributor

    I am in Las Vegas and I am having exactly the same problem for several months now. 

    While scrolling the TV Guide with the PG/CH Up and Down buttons on the right hand side of the remote, the TV suddenly freezes up.   When I turn off the TV and turn it on again the Cox restart screen appears with a series of colored squares and eventually the guide re-appears but everything on the right half of the guide says "program unavailable" and about 3 minutes later the entire guide becomes visible again only to act up unexpectedly without warning.

    I have two TVs and both have shown the same problem and switching remotes between them has not helped.

    A few days ago we had a TV/Internet maintenance-related outage for several hours and after that the problem seemed to have gone away but it proved to be just wishful thinking on my part. 

    I have not bothered to call Cox support because from the past experience (and I have been a Cox customer for more than 20 years) I know how incompetent they are and most likely to send me on a frustrating wild goose chase so I have resigned myself to living with it.

    • CurtB's avatar
      Valued Contributor III
      DebuDG wrote:

      When I turn off the TV and turn it on again the Cox restart screen appears with a series of colored squares

      Turning the TV off and on shouldn't have any effect.  Rebooting the cable receiver would initiate the signal reconnection you're seeing after a lost signal.  

      If you don't contact Cox when you're having an issue, it's probably not going to get fixed.   If you're having a signal issue, you'll need a tech visit to either fix it or escalate it to a line tech.