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Weird display - http on TV screen?

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by obscurelabel, Feb 5, 2004.

  1. obscurelabel

    obscurelabel Stunt Coordinator

    Dec 11, 2003
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    Please indulge a question from a long time movie enthusiast but a complete newbie when it comes to home theater gear. In fact I have only a simple TV with a couple of speakers, plus DVD and VHS players. But something strange is going on with my TV and I hoped that someone might recognize what is happening.

    I have a Magnavox TS3553C (35") purchased in 1998. It is an all-in-one unit without an external receiver. It receives broadcast signals only (no cable). Starting 1/24/2004, it occasionally displays what appears to be http requests in a black box that will cover 80% of the screen.

    Like this:

    < http ://>[n:][e:20000101][8A41]
    :]2TH F9600101]

    etc. scrolling through several full screens of data.

    This will continue for 2-3 minutes; the display will disappear when the channel is changed. The TV is not connected in any way, directly or indirectly, to the internet.

    I'm guessing this is likely cell phone-to-internet traffic that is being picked up by the TV, but why is this just starting now? I don't know if a new cell has been activated nearby, or if this could be causing this to happen.

    Does anyone have any ideas about what is causing this or how to make it stop???

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Steve Schaffer

    Steve Schaffer Producer

    Apr 15, 1999
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    Drag out the owner's manual and see if the set has the XDS feature (Extended Data Service). This was a feature that would display station information in a black box on the screen for a few seconds whenever you changed channels, usually the name of the show, name of the channel, and current time. It may be activated on your set.

    It could also have one of the more obscure closed captioning modes turned on--make sure that's all turned off.

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