Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Florida (don't hold it against me)
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Lately I've noticed that dynamic dimming and definitely black levels are channel dependant on Dish. I've watched movies on EPIX and HBO and had different experiences. Luckily I still have my Samsung which is Full Array (which I have determined I will never get rid of) and confirmed the same black level performance. I leave dynamic LED off of that one though. For a dynamic led example, at the end of the Hunger Games, if dynamic LED control is on, at the very end before the first credit, the screen will shut off. This is on EPIX channel. But watching Now You See Me on HBO, at the credits, the screen never shuts off. It just gives a nice deep black, even with the dynamic control on.
The other thing I've noticed that those black levels on the channels affect is bleed along the sides, since the blacks aren't always deep black, but very dark gray. I suspect it has to do with the compression that they're using. I know it isn't actual light bleed since the letterbox bars at the top and bottom are true black.
Anyone else notice this too? I need to get more Blu-ray discs in my collection. Upconverted DVDs don't cut it anymore and the Sony shows the flaws in the channels too easily. Guess I'm getting spoiled with a nice picture. This isn't a complaint about the TV, but more of an observation of the variations in picture from HD channels on Dish.