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Is my TV dying or has Directv PQ gotten worse?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by sigma1914, Jan 27, 2009.

  1. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    Has any others noticed HD channels seem a bit more compressed? On darker scenes, I can see macroblocking of colors. It really shows up on walls, behind actors. Outdoor scenes look great. Signal strengths are great. Blu-Rays play well, so I'm confused.
     
  2. harsh

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    Some mention of the programming in question would be useful.

    Is this isolated to specific HD channels or across the board?

    Have you tried connecting to the TV using a different means?

    Are you using some sort of external video switch?
     
  3. sigma1914

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    I've seen it on TNT-HD, CBS-HD, ABC-HD, HBO-HD (MPeg4), too name a few. There is no video switch. Here's a picture that represents an exaggerated version of what I am seeing.


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  4. dcowboy7

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    its your tv.
     
  5. Doug Brott

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    I've not seen any difference
     
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    I have not noticed any difference here either.
     
  7. say-what

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    I can't say that I've seen any differences lately. All seems fine here.
     
  8. sigma1914

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    It really shows up on walls. Oh well, I ordered a new 46" Samsung last week.
     
  9. babzog

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    I've seen this recently too and wondered the same thing. TV with other content is fine so I suspect it's D* doing their compression thing like they did with SD channels.
     
  10. studdad

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    +1, I brought this up about a month ago and was landblasted. They have been monkeying around and hoping no one will notice.
     
  11. alv

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    The picture is softer, particularly on HD locals
     
  12. randyk47

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    I see no appreciable difference between my DirecTV feed and my OTA when comparing locals and I can't say I've noticed any degradation over the past few months. OTA, at least locally, has always been just a bit better but I get fantastic signal out of my antenna. My spot beam stays in the range of 95-100 on DirecTV so I'm catching about as good as it gets on the that side. If I have an issue it's more that the original content being transmitted wasn't done in HD but it's being shown on a HD channel.
     
  13. t_h

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    I've seen the same "creeping moss" effect in dark scenes, mostly on a background wall just like the OP. Didnt notice it a year ago. Looks like a low bitrate to me.

    Also seen much worse SD quality this year. The NFLST SD channels looked so incredibly awful that I wont be renewing the package. Looked like broadcasts from the 70's.
     
  14. Grentz

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    This is something I have noticed. My locals, especially CBS, have gotten a lot "softer" overall. National channels still look the same.
     
  15. narrod

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    I've seen the picture get quite a bit poorer and darker over the last couple months. I've had dish tweaked and all connections checked. I see in on all three HD sets. Not so much on the SD sets in my home.
     
  16. sigma1914

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    Well, maybe I wasn't alone. At first, I thought I was being too picky. Our locals had been on par with OTA.
     
  17. jjohns

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    It's not your tv.
     
  18. t_h

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    You need Monster cables. That'll solve everything!
     
  19. peano

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    I notice a softer picture too. Sheesh! It better not continue like this.
     
  20. studdad

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    yup, softer picture, and more noise.
     

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