Mythbuntu - DirecTV: Set Top Box Mysteriously Powers Off
Posting this in the hopes it saves someone else some time:
Problem: DirectTV box mysteriously started powering itself off starting sometime during the week of 2/13/2012.
Cause: DirecTV pushed a new firmware update out that enables a PowerSaving mode that turns the box off automatically after a certain period of inactivity (no buttons being pressed).
Solution: Using the receivers built in menu, disable it. On the remote, hit the 'Menu' button, then select 'Settings & Help' -> 'Settings' -> 'Power Saving' and disable it.
Like most people I thought my box was going bad and called it in. The very helpful DirecTV person said no, they had just pushed out a firmware update and they were getting a lot of calls about it. Apparently the receivers have supported this feature for a long time and they just chose recently to enable it.
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