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HR22 pass through Xbox One - picture quality issues?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by aintry, Apr 8, 2014.

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  1. aintry

    aintry New Member

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    Been running Directv (HR22 DVR) through new Xbox One console. Noticing some picture quality issues and wondering if this is common. Also wondering if there's a better alternative than the HR22 which I've had for what seems like forever now.
     
  2. slice1900

    slice1900 Well-Known Member

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    Have you tried going direct to the TV without the Xbox to confirm the picture quality problems are due to the Xbox? I was under the impression it merely does HDMI passthru, so you "should" get the same picture either way.

    If you have problems without it, call Directv and have them check out your system to see if something's reason. If you only see the problems through the Xbox, call Microsoft :)

    You can always call Directv about upgrading to a Genie and see what they can do for you, but if the problem does lie with the Xbox, this won't help as the Genie picks up the same satellite signal as the HR22, so both will produce pretty much the same picture quality.
     
  3. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    What kind of issues, please explain
     
  4. austen0316

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    My brother has his running thru the Xbox one and it seems to me, picture quality isn't as sharp
     
  5. aintry

    aintry New Member

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    Yes, I've tried reconnecting Directv the old fashioned way (sans xbox), and didn't notice a ton of difference, but in all fairness it was a pretty quick test as I was pressed for time. The few channels I tried seemed like they were probably sharper than when running through the Xbox, but what I should have tried was playing a recorded program that I know had issues (which I will try next time I get a chance).

    The issues I'm experiencing are a clear degradation in resolution. 1080p programming appears as though it's 720p at best and usually much worse. Darker tones tend to get that watercolor washout look, and sharper details seem grainy. For example, when I watched recorded episodes of HBO's True Detective, I swear I was watching it in SD it was that bad. At first I thought it was the DVR since most of what I watch is recorded, but I've noticed it during live broadcasts as well, just not as extreme.

    Pretty much got the XB1 because the TV integration appealed to me. The torture of dealing with Directv's slow and unresponsive guide/interface can be so unbearable that I was assuming any alternative would be an improvement. And I will admit that being able to call out commands does have its advantages (when it works). XB1 games are razor sharp and so is the Blu-ray, so I know the high resolution is there, and my external blu-ray player also works fine.

    Are there any new Directv DVR's on the horizon, or is it worth upgrading to the Genie now?.
     
  6. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    anytime is a good time to upgrade to the Genie
     
  7. sum_random_dork

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    Unless I am mistaken, I don't believe there are channels broadcasting in 1080p? Most broadcasts are either 1080i or 720p.

    The best suggestion in regards picture quality I have come across is to turn off your XB1 every once in a while, use the white X button to totally turn the machine off and let it restart. You can also do this by pulling the plug in the back. I know other's have had success with some video issues being resolved by changing out their HDMI cables.
     
  8. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    Correct, only CH 125 if you call that a "broadcast" only some VOD is on 1080p
     

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