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Test Patterns / Color Bars

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Kobie, Mar 27, 2007.

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  1. Dolly

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    All donations will be greatly appreciated :lol:
     
  2. Jeremy W

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    Better picture quality, and the ability to see the whole picture if the SD version isn't shown letterboxed.
     
  3. Dolly

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    Seriously you get better picture quality even without actually having HD?
     
  4. veryoldschool

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    A TV can only be as good as the TV is. While an HD channel is great, connecting it to an analog TV through S-Video will only make the TV look as good as the TV can, no better.
     
  5. Dolly

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    Well my analog TVs have a great look now--at least for analog TV. I think I can wait for HD :)
     
  6. Tom Robertson

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    HD thru S-video will look better then mediocre SD thru S-video...

    It all boils down to how you want to build out your HD environment--TV first or equipment first. and that might depend on the deals you can find. (Now might be the best time to start trying to get a deal on an HR20--they will be hard to get once the new satellites launch...)

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  7. Jeremy W

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    Yes. There is more detail to begin with in the HD signal, so it ends up looking better on your TV, even if the TV is SD. It's the same way an SD DVD looks much better than an SD TV channel.
     
  8. veryoldschool

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    While I did say it would only look as good as your analog TV, do you know how good that really is?
    See if you can "try" the HD signal on the analog TV. Then you will know what it looks like.
     
  9. Dolly

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    Well no pun intented, but I'm 'veryoldschool". I'm not High Tech like most of you :( I'm not sure I could get my analog TVs to work with the HD equipment and then where would I be :confused: Also even if I could get them to work I would be paying D for HD and it could be years before I have two HD TVs :(
     
  10. veryoldschool

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    I don't know where all of this started [or will end :lol: ]. If you already have one HDTV [like me], & you connect another HD receiver up to an "old" TV, so you can watch say Discovery HD channel in two rooms, there are no more cost. HD package for the HDTV & a "extra" receiver charge for the other one. The second HD receiver will connect to the "old" TV just like a VCR. This is pretty much "old school" stuff. :D
     
  11. Dolly

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    I don't have any HD TVs at all :nono2: So I would be paying D for HD and not getting HD on any TV at all :rolleyes:
     
  12. veryoldschool

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    Well then it sure doesn't make any sense [cents] to get them [it] now. :)
    Go ahead. live in the darkages...:lol:
     
  13. Dolly

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    I would be glad to accept a loan to get an HD TV :rolling:
     
  14. Tom Servo

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    Not only getting bad info from CSRs but apparently the installers aren't always up to speed, either. I sat in for my father's HD install, which was scheduled before his new TV was delivered... They absolutely refused to do any work, claiming they "needed" an HDTV to fully set up the HD part. I tried to tell them the box would downconvert any HD feed to SD for any TV, so they could do whatever, but they refused, d'oh! :bang

    "We could put the dish up, but we'd have to come back when you get the new TV and that would incur a service charge." Yeah, right. :nono2:
     
  15. JeffBowser

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    Two comments - I have an HD box in my daughter's room, down-converting for her old CRT SD TV. The picture is superior to what it was when I had it hooked up via an SD box.
    Second comment, relating to the THX comment earlier - I was bored last night, and after watching my son's Incredibles DVD, I used their included THX optimizer. I was shocked to discover that my carefully calibrated TV had gone way out of whack in the two years since I last calibrated. I could not even see the THX logo on the brightness\contrast test. I'd encourage everyone to take at least a basic stab at the THX optimizer, on any TV, for best picture. In my case, I was losing a lot of shadow detail.
     
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    I agree! My SD TV has a great picture. I've seen HD in the stores and I'm not that impressed. I see people on this board and others having orgasms over HD. "I won't watch it if it isn't HD!!!" For me personally, it's the content, not if it's HD or not. The only difference I see with HD is that the screen is bigger. I probably won't go HD unless all channels go HD exclusive. IMHO HD is not worth the extra $$$. I figure that I'll get slammed for this opinion.
     
  17. Dolly

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    Well you have found a friend in me :sunsmile: But I would guess since HD is the big deal now that at some point most, if not all channels, will be HD :(
     
  18. JeffBowser

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    Wow - this comes from someone who pokes fun at the HD snobs over their insistence that nearly invisible and minute differences in various HD formats and compression levels are major things: - the difference between SD and HD is incredible, I am forced to wonder what sources you were viewing, and at what viewing distance....

     
  19. Dolly

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    Actually what little I have seen of HDTV it seems to show too much detail in the picture, if that makes any sense? But in the future I suppose I will have two choices watch HDTV or just stop watching TV :eek2:
     
  20. veryoldschool

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    If you haven't seen it..you have no idea.
    Good HD is great. If I look at my old 27" Sony [that "was" my standard] it now looks like crap. If it was a 12-15" it would look better.
    I have a 46" Sony pooper scooper now & SD looks better than my 27", but with good HD programing, it is stunning. FWIW
    If you can't "see it", you may need glasses more than a new TV. :)
     
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