Hisense H8 fails direct channel access, just like the H7
I'm deciding between the 55" Samsung HS8000 ($1,500 for three more days) and the 50" Hisense H8 ($500). This for a room we are rarely in. The other two rooms have Samsung HU8550 and we are happy with the HU8550s. All sets use only OTA.
In the store, the Hisense H8 was very impressive. Whites were white, colors excellent, but there was some motion blurring compared to the Sammy.
I did not choose the Samsung HS8000 because:
a) the price to value ratio was higher
b) the panel was much more reflective than Hisense. Way too reflective.
c) Samsung had some picture degradation at 140-170 degree angles whereas the Hisense did not.
However, the Hisense motion blurring and direct channel access is annoying. This H8 has the same problem as the H7 from Costco - - - it rarely goes to the channel one directly accesses for OTA. If one wants 44.1, one has to enter 44-1. On the Samsung, simply entering 44 goes to 44.1 . Almost always direct access failed and the set went back to the original channel.
Will set up this H8 set at home, do channel scan, check skip and favorites, and then call Hisense if it fails direct access. Costco and Hisense insist the H7 should have direct access, but both models do not. Important to note that in the store the Hisense H8 was next to a Sharp, and both sets ignored direct channel access most of the time.
Yes, the Samsung is a bit sharper with less motion blur, but the Hisense will have an extra three years of warranty and is one-third the price.
Anyone else have a Hisense on OTA and having direct channel access issues?
Last edited by PeninsulaMark; 06-15-2016 at 10:24 PM.