Directv 4K quality

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  1. Apr 4, 2016 #21 of 270
    mutelight

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    When I queue a 4K video to record.

    My carrier is Comcast. I pay for 200mbps but it peaks at 240 and I have yet to see it go below 230mbps unless it is host side.
     
  2. Apr 4, 2016 #22 of 270
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    I am confused.
    I heard you can't record 4-K, only View a VOD on a C-61 mini Genie ?
    What do you record the VOD on ?
    What does Comcast charge for that speed ?
     
  3. Apr 4, 2016 #23 of 270
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    When you go to the 4K UHD section and select a movie, the only option you have is to "Record" and then it is downloaded to the HR54 (as this is required for 4K and the C61) but can only be viewed through the C61.

    I pay $70 a month and it comes with basic cable and HBO since it is actually cheaper.
     
  4. Apr 4, 2016 #24 of 270
    ragweed10

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    OK, Does the HR-54 record in 4-K ?
    That is some deal, especially from Comcast.
    Here we pay $ 70.00 a month JUST for internet @ about 18 MBPS
     
  5. Apr 4, 2016 #25 of 270
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    Correct, it does record 4K.

    Yeah, I haven't been a big fan of Comcast in the past but with the competition of ISPs in my area, they have pretty good deals and all my calls with them, the CS reps have been very pleasant. (Same with DirecTV for that matter.)
     
  6. Apr 4, 2016 #26 of 270
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    So while I wasn't seeing the HR54 show up in my QoS screen of my router I do see that it has done 95GB worth of traffic since it was installed a couple weeks ago and have only downloaded about 6 HD On Demand shows since then.

    I currently don't have a cap but it may be only certain content that is records from the satellite?
     
  7. Apr 5, 2016 #27 of 270
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    Yup, pretty noticeable. As I've said so many times, better than my 1080p plasma.

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    Everything on Amazon and NF seems to depend on the content. I watched 3 seasons of Vikings on Amazon and got a superb upscaled picture, then switched to NF for The Walking Dead and it wasn't even close to what I saw when watching Vikings. Then, I found out that my son had purchased The Walking Dead's most recent season on Amazon and that wasn't as good as Vikings, picture-wise. Both programs look pretty good on D*, but just pretty good. Again, GIGO seems to be the rule.

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  9. Apr 5, 2016 #29 of 270
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    Although this comment not to do so much with 4K, my observation of Walking Dead as shown on AMC is fuzzy, fuzzy, blurry-fuzzy. It's just not a very clear picture to start with.
     
  10. Apr 5, 2016 #30 of 270
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    I have hell on wheels on my DVR but have also been watching it some on my appletv via Netflix. I almost think the appletv is better. Incredible picture quality.
     
  11. Apr 5, 2016 #31 of 270
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    It's not really slow because it's coming via satellite. It's more so because it's on a carousel so to speak and it downloads shows when it they are up and therefor a show may not be up to even download for hours... I'm not sure if they are even sending them in real time either to be honest. I kind of think they are not at the moment.

    Think of it kind of like having a channel and it can't record it till the episode you have chosen is actually on.
     
  12. Apr 5, 2016 #32 of 270
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    Maybe that's deliberate, since you don't want sharp pictures to show off problems with the makeup during zombie close ups !rolling
     
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  13. Apr 5, 2016 #33 of 270
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    That is due to all of the film grain wreaking havoc on the compression.
     
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    Hence my comments about content ruling the roost.

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    I do believe you're correct. Apple does do some wonderful things.

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  16. Apr 6, 2016 #36 of 270
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    I am pretty new to the party with my 48" Sammy JS8500, so just commenting with limited testing.

    The up-converting of D* HD picture seems to be a substantial improvement that I am quite happy with.

    Was able to test my first (and only so far) 4K program with Amazon, a "coral reef" (I think IMAX) documentary. Very amazing picture, but I am not convinced yet that it was that much better then the up-converted picture to be worth the cost of getting the D* 4K upgrade. But I will reserve final judgment until I can view more Amazon 4K programming, limited as the "free" programming is (might have to do a rental or two as well).

    It would also seem reasonable that the picture improvement on a 48" set would fall well short of that improvement on a 65" or 75" tv, so take my opinion for what it is worth, probably not a whole lot if you have one of those "giant" TV's :biggrin: .
     
  17. Apr 6, 2016 #37 of 270
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    That's "as designed" to give it a gritty horror feel. It's always been that way.
     
  18. Apr 6, 2016 #38 of 270
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    I wonder how NCIS would look upconverted to 4k since that show also looks grainier than NCIS LA?
     
  19. Apr 7, 2016 #39 of 270
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    Looks good upscaled.

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  20. Apr 7, 2016 #40 of 270
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    NF and Amazon have a lot of 4K content. You need to be a Prime customer to take advantage of the free 4K content on Amazon. I agree with you (and I do have a 65" JS8500) on not really having a need for linear programming on D* content, the upscaled PQ is good enough for me, at the moment.

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