Freezing / Choppy image (wired)

Follow these troubleshooting steps if your TV picture keeps stopping or blurring and the audio keeps cutting out on your wired digital box.

Using a wireless digital box? Visit Freezing / Choppy image (wireless) for help.

If your TV feed keeps on freezing or stopping while you are watching it, there may be something wrong with the connection between the TELUS modem and your digital box. This can also be noticed during recordings.

Attempt these troubleshooting steps to resolve the issue:

  1. Ensure your TV is not paused and the fast forward button has been pressed. This will cause the image to appear to be freezing. You can confirm it is playing at normal speed if there is no green bar along the bottom of your screen, with a line moving across from left to right
  2. Check a different channel to see if your issue is only on one channel. Chances are the problem will be resolved shortly
  3. Similarly, you may encounter coloured bars or a message saying “programming unavailable.” If this is the case, there is an issue with the channel and programming will resume once the outage is resolved.
  4. Confirm there are no outages in your area.
  5. Generally, the picture will freeze if there are loose cables between your devices. By tightening the cables you ensure there is no gap where the information could be getting lost while being transmitted
  6. Power off all of your digital boxes
  7. Locate your TELUS modem
  8. Ensure all the cables are connected and wrenched tightly to the back of the modem
  9. If there are any cables that go to the wall, ensure those are tight as well
  10. Restart the modem (To restart, unplug the power for 2 minutes and plug it back in)
  11. Wait for the Internet light to be green and blinking. If you are using an ethernet cable, wait for the corresponding LAN light to come on
  12. If you are using a coaxial cable, wait for the HPNA light to come on
  13. Locate your PVR (usually the biggest digital box in the home)
  14. Ensure the cables are tight to the back of the digital box
  15. If there are any cables that go to the wall, ensure those are tight as well
  16. Remove the power cable from the back of the PVR for 2 minutes and plug it back in
  17. Turn your TV on and watch the screen
  18. Once you are able to see a show on TV, tune to a live channel (for example channel 100)
  19. If the picture has improved, proceed to another digital box and repeat steps 8 - 12
  20. If the picture is still freezing, please contact us

Note: Recordings that were affected will not be able to be fixed. You can find a vast majority of shows under our On Demand section to catch up on your favorite shows should any be difficult to watch due to picture quality issues.


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