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Lower quality watching via whole home setup?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by Sir Topham Hatt, Nov 8, 2010.

  1. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

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    Exactly.

    Only time I saw a difference is when I swapped my HR20 to an HR24. There was a subtle difference in brightness and contrast that I was able to easily tweak away by bumping those settings on my Panny plasma up or down a point or two.
     
  2. Doug Brott

    Doug Brott Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

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    If there are drastic differences in the picture quality between local and remote systems, something else is wrong. When I use MRV, it looks pretty much the same as if I were sitting in front of the DVR that recorded it.

    There is some slight sluggishness with Trick Play functions (starting, skipping, etc.) via MRV but it can be measured in milliseconds. It's not something that should be a detriment to usability.
     
  3. Sir Topham Hatt

    Sir Topham Hatt New Member

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    Thanks for all the replies. I'm glad to know picture quality shouldn't suffer via MRV. I didn't think it should, but I thought I would ask for sure. I should have some time tonight to troubleshoot what the problem is. Hopefully I will post back later tonight with what I find.
     
  4. Richierich

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    I can't tell it it is a Local DVR Recording or from another DVR.
     
  5. CuriousMark

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    About 700 milliseconds is my best estimate, I can press FF three times before the delay expires. I agree it is not really detrimental.
     
  6. Sir Topham Hatt

    Sir Topham Hatt New Member

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    I just figured it out. Not sure I understand why this was happening, but here is the deal...

    It wasn't just a problem while watching a recording, any HD show on the H24 was not as sharp as the same show on the HR24 - this was confirmed with an A/B comparison between two HDMI inputs on my Panny 54" plasma. I was using the NFL Network to look at the text at the bottom of the screen. TV settings were identical. Outut resolutions were identical on both boxes - only 1080i and 1080p were checked. This is where I think it gets odd...

    The output resolution on the front panel of the H24 showed 480i, even though a double check in the menu confirmed only that 1080i and 1080p were checked. I had already turned "Native" to off.

    I pressed the resolution button on the front panel of the H24 a few times for it the light to move over to 1080i and now every thing looks great. The H24 picture now looks identical to the HR24, as it should. "Native" is still off in the menu.

    Any thoughts as to why the H24 stayed on 480i even though it wasn't checked in the menu?
     
  7. RobertE

    RobertE New Member

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    If the box was never changed from it's default of 480i, regardless of whats checked, it will stay in 480i until changed.
     
  8. Sir Topham Hatt

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    Oh, ok. Is that something the installer should have done? He must have done it on the HR24 as I have never touched the front panel on that one. (It says 1080i)
     
  9. Steve

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    The HR's used to prompt you to hit the FORMAT button, when you're connected HDMI and watching HD at 480i/p. Maybe the H24 doesn't? :scratchin Anyone know for sure?
     
  10. Garry

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    I noticed that when I recently set up my HR24 that Directv sent me, it also stayed on 480, but I changed the setting and now it does switch.
     
  11. hasan

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    I have two HR series boxes connected to the same TV through the same 5x1 hdmi switch (Monoprice). I can't see any difference whatever playing MRV of a show either way, i.e., watching the original recording or via mrv with either the HR20-700 as the server or HR21-100 as the server, or vice versa.

    The TV is a 60" Samsung LED/LCD so if there were significant differences, I think they would show up.
     

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