I've been having this problem since early nov'18. However I get a static screen of gold/bluish/silver snow, not gray.
It used to happen maybe once every 2-3 weeks, then increased in frequency in jan'19 to 1-2 times per week then daily. This month (feb'19) it's much less frequent.
It's very erratic when it will happen. And it can go for days between occurrences. When it does happen it seems to be limited to the show/movie I was watching. Even after rebooting it'll crap out at the same spot or a moment or five later. However, if I watch another show/movie it'll be fine.
It's almost like there's something in the Netflix stream that trips a bug in the Netflix app.
Reboots, factory resets of the PIK TV box will not fix it. It seems to cure itself with time. Either watch some other Netflix content or watch TV. After a day or two it seems to be fine. I know not ideal.
I don't think this is under Telus's control. I think the Netflix app comes from the Google app store and I don't think Telus wrote it.
Netflix requests that users contact them when issues like this occur. That will be the best way for them to address it in future updates to their app.
In contact with Netflix support right this minute.
So far they're saying to have Telus check their firmware is compliant with the Netflix app requirements.
This isn't a solution but a tested and functioning workaround: unplug the PikTV box for a minute or two. When you plug it back in it will function normally without crashing.
This clears any volatile memory in the capacitors, and is the only way to do that. It appears that this bug causes a corruption in volatile memory which accrues with use and therefore seems to crash the unit with increasing recurrence until it's cleared. This means it will be an ongoing workaround; after several days your unit will crash again and you will need to repeat the procedure. So it's a nuisance, but at least you can watch TV in peace.
It also means it's likely a firmware issue, so is Telus' responsibility to fix.
I've been doing this since jan'19. Pull the power plug and reconnect. It used to work, but now (spring/summer 2019) it doesn't work at all. Netflix will fitz out almost immediately.
This problem is so bad now it is rare that I can watch a title to completion. Even the previews of titles as I scroll through the list can fitz out. I've almost given up using the Pik box for watching Netflix. Can anyone recommend alternatives?
Has anyone noticed that Netflix seems to be working now? For the last couple of days I've been able to watch multiple titles in a row without Netflix fitzing out.
I'm not aware of any software updates. Maybe it was a problem in the Netflix stream and that has been fixed by Netflix. Either way for now it seems to be working.
Never had an issue for at least 3 months with Netflix. No Pik TV updates have been released.
@psitech I seriously doubt it's the firmware. It's standard Android TV OS. For me, in extremely rare instances Netflix may crash but the majority of the time it works fine. The last Netflix employee I chatted with was far more helpful and actually took a report of what was going on, version of the software, etc.