Poor quality HD signal

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by DQC, Oct 8, 2018.

  1. DQC

    DQC New Member

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    Overall a less than perfect picture on all my HD stations, and on live sports (Football) games on my local stations picture is not the best and close up viewing of cameras onto the playing field the pixeling is terrible, can't make out any sense of what is being shown.

    I had a service call and the tech said my signal was fine, but commented on the crappy picture.I do believe Dish knows about this and wouldn't be surprised if they had something to do with this. This all started before Hurricane Florence, again my signal is ok..
     
  2. Jim5506

    Jim5506 Hall Of Fame

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    Sometimes the signal supplied by locals is no so good.
     
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  3. RBA

    RBA Well-Known Member

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    Is it possible to connect your TV directly to an OTA antenna to compare picture quality?
     
  4. Jim5506

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    You did not specify which Dish receiver you have, but make sure your TV is connected HDMI or component and that the receiver is set to output either 1080i or 720p, whichever your TV utilizes.

    It has been heard of that the receiver is stuck on 480p out of the box, even though it shows 1080i or 720p, if so try changing the output to 480p and then back to 1080i or 720p and see if that gets its attention.
     
  5. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    there are a lot of other factors affecting PQ than just a signal level, likes settings for your TV and the dish device - what model is your ?
     
  6. doorknob60

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    I agree with this. Where I live, most of the local channels look good. On par if not better than most of the national channels. But one channel, CBS (KBOI) is awful. There's random lines moving across the screen constantly. It also looks more compressed, and the sound quality seems poor and muffled. I've contacted DISH twice about the issue, and both times they said it's an issue with the channel and they notified them. No fix yet.

    I think the station, KBOI is just incompetent. On DirecTV and CableOne, the compression is also bad (though no white line issue, which is the main problem on Dish). OTA looks best, but it's still inferior to other stations, and the sound quality is equally mediocre. But it's watchable. I ended up finding the USB OTA Hopper Tuner and hooking up to that. Much better. I may end up cancelling the $12/mo local satellite channels, since I can pick up all of them OTA, and the quality is slightly better across the board (plus CBS being way better of course). Only issue is I may lose programming guide if I do that, but probably worth the money savings.

    Wonder if it's a coincidence, KBOI is owned by Sinclair...
     
  7. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    that would be wise step [to cover your expenses on the USB tuner box]
     
  8. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    money saving is for sure, IMO I would expect PSIP guide info directly from stations, but it could be sketchy and short
    it would be interesting to see picture of PSIP EPG and hear from you a follow-up
     
  9. scooper

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    I do not believe you will get PSIP information on Dish receivers, and you need to subscribe to locals to get their guide information. If you want to record / get a guide for OTA, get an OTA DVR. There are some out there.

    And about KBOI / Sinclair - I wouldn't be surprised. Sinclair was pushing COFDM instead of the ATSC that was adopted.
     

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