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In a world where 4K is the norm and 8K is fast becoming mainstream, a pixelated screen seems outlandish to say the least. However, the issue still exists and it’s possible that you may have to deal with it at some point. The good news is the problem can be easily resolved. At least in the case of Spectrum cable TV.

Overall, the Spectrum TV service offers an excellent viewing experience. The Spectrum lineup includes a diverse selection of channels, rates are affordable, and the equipment is high-end. And yet, despite it all, you may get a pixelated screen out of the blue. This can get extremely frustrating if you are in the middle of a riveting show or watching your favorite movie but fret not. All it takes is a few minutes to restore the picture.  

What is a pixelated screen?

The greater the number of pixels the more detailed is the image. However, when pixels in an area become blurred we lose the crisp picture quality and it all turns into a blob of a hot mess. This is called a pixelated screen and the bigger the area impacted, the more difficult it is to make out the image.

This can happen for a number of reasons and we’ll delve into each one to help you troubleshoot the problem.

What causes Spectrum TV pixelated issue?

A pixelated screen is an eyesore. Imagine watching a live game and the goal post is blurred. You’ll miss the shot and curse yourself for it. Or, if you’re watching a picturesque movie and the beautiful landscape is marred by a glitch, it’s maddening. Nobody should have to live like that, especially when the problem can be easily resolved. In order to solve the issue, however, one must understand the cause behind it so, let’s get to it:

Damaged Coaxial Cables

Coaxial cables are used to transmit the audio-video signal from your provider to your TV via the receiver. If these cables are faulty, the picture quality is sure to get compromised.

Loose Wire Connection

If you have perfectly fine cables but the connections aren’t tight, getting a good viewing experience is impossible. This applies to not only coaxial cables but other cables as well.

Bad Quality Splitters

Splitters, as the name suggests, are used to split an incoming cable signal. This way you can ensure two or more devices get cable service. But, this weakens the signal in the process, so if the splitter you have is not of good quality you’ll lose the Spectrum service intermittently or still worse, completely.

With that said, let’s get to fixing the issue, shall we?

How can you fix a pixelated screen?

Troubleshooting may seem like a tough task, but it is fairly simple. Just follow the steps below and you’ll get your display working perfectly in no time. 

Reset Your TV Box

Turning a device off and on again can do wonders, even fix the pixelated picture. In this case, the device you need to work on is your Spectrum TV receiver. You can go about it in two ways?a manual reboot or an online reset.

Take these steps for a manual reboot:

Alternatively, this is what you must do for an online reset of your Spectrum TV receiver to refresh the signal?whether you are using the web or My Spectrum app:

If even after a reboot, the Spectrum TV pixelated issue is not fixed, follow the instructions in the next section.

Check the Coaxial Cables & Connections

Albeit an obvious reason, many a time we tend to overlook the fact bad cables or loose connections are a common cause of loss in signal strength that results in the picture getting pixelated. So, before we tell you to reboot the Spectrum TV receiver, we suggest you check TV cables and connections.

How do you that? Well, here is how:

If this does not resolve the Spectrum TV pixelated issue, replace the coaxial cable with a new one. You can also try out bypassing the splitter before you go for cable replacement. Following the steps in the next section will help eliminate the splitter as the culprit.

Bypass the Splitters

Sometimes, along with a pixelated screen, you may also experience the audio cutting out. As annoying as it can be, the solution is simple. Bypassing the splitter should resolve both these issues. Here’s how you do that:

That’s it. The display should be working fine. If the issue persists, however, here’s what you need to know:

When All Else Fails…

Ideally, the above-mentioned troubleshooting methods should resolve the Spectrum TV pixelated issue. However, it is possible that you have a more complex problem up your sleeve. If the methods above aren’t useful, then the issue may be caused by something else. Here’re some probable causes of the problem:

Internal Hardware Failure

If a pixelated screen is experienced only when you’re trying to watch a recorded show, chances are the hard drive storing the video content is the problem. Try replacing it to see if your screen gets back to normal.

Damaged Power Source

Connect to a different power source and see if the pixelated screen gets better.

Check Your Spectrum Internet® Connection

If you happen to be subscribed to a Spectrum TV and internet package, and you are using a splitter at the wall outlet, we suggest you check that. A splitter is used to distribute the signal between your internet modem and the Spectrum TV receiver. This main splitter could be where the problem is.

To verify if this is where the problem lies, disconnect the coaxial cables connected to your TV box and internet modem from the splitter. Then plug in the coaxial cable connected to your TV box directly into the wall outlet. Turn on the receiver and TV to see if the issue is resolved. If not, you’ll need the help of professionals to sort it out.

Final Words

There you go! Pixelated screens are an easy problem to solve more often than not. Just follow the troubleshooting tips discussed, and chances are you’ll be able to fix it in no time. And, when the next episode of your favorite series airs or the movie you’ve been meaning to watch comes on, you’ll have your screen working perfectly.

A pixelated screen is not a problem that occurs frequently so once the matter is sorted, you won’t have to deal with it again. You just worry about getting the popcorn ready and making sure your viewing experience is top-notch.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can poor quality cables cause a pixelated screen?

If your coaxial cables are faulty or not making tight connections, you may get a pixelated screen. Make sure the wires aren’t frayed or crimped as that would weaken the signals. Also make sure to make each connection finger-tight.

Where can I find the reset button on the Spectrum cable TV box?

You can reset the Spectrum cable TV box in 2 convenient ways. Either manually or via your Spectrum online account. Take these steps for a manual reboot:

Alternatively, this is what you must do for an online reset of your Spectrum TV receiver to refresh the signal?whether you are using the web or My Spectrum app:

Why is my TV screen suddenly Pixelated?

A weak signal may be causing your screen to pixelate so make sure you check all coaxial cables and connections between your TV box, the power source and the main wall outlet.

Can cable splitters slow down your internet connection?

While cable splitters weaken the signal strength because they distribute it between more than one device, this does not bear an effect on the internet speed delivered via your connection. If however the splitter is not up to par or goes bad, you can face an intermittent loss of service or a rare service failure.

How many splitters should one use on a cable line?

The fewer connections you make with a splitter the better. For instance, a 2-way splitter will result in the least signal loss, because it distributes the signal only into 2 parts. But that does not mean you should use a 2-way splitter to connect additional splitters. If you want more devices connected via the splitter, it is recommended you use a 4, 6 or 8-way splitter instead.

Can slow Spectrum Internet® pixelate your screen?

If you’re using Spectrum Internet to stream shows and movies via the Spectrum TV app, and the connection is not performing at its optimal level, your screen can get pixelated because of that.