Originally Posted by Rob67
Have you (or anyone) calibrated the set independantly for DirecTV? I used a combination of your settings (Cal Day) and CNET (movie) with great results on PS3 Blu Ray.
But, I ordered Thor on DTV PPV and noticed it was real dark, almost to the point of crush.
Has anyone used the HDNeT test screens for tweaks?
I have the 59D7000
I have compared the HDNet test screens using settings produced by the Spears & Munsil BluRay calibration disc as well as the AVS Rec709 disc. Also, if you Google the HDNet test screens you will find, as I did, that they are not very helpful for anything beyond brightness setting and to a lesser degree, contrast. They are no good for color adjustments because the color bars you have to compare are neither adjacent to each other nor flashing.
When I put the settings derived from these BluRay discs into my DirecTV input and look at the HDNet test screens, it looks good: faint "10" in right lower box => brightness setting is good, and faint "0" in left lower box => contrast is not too high.
I guess I should include the screens that help with sharpness setting. Any pattern that shows black lines against a light background lets you easily see the white ghosting artifact running along the black line that too high sharpness setting produces. You need to get up close to the TV.
So the HDNet test screens are of limited value, but what value they do have confirms settings derived from better discs and over various inputs. (As does watching the TV.)
I should also mention that my DirecTV boxes are all HR24s, and I do not see this black issue mentioned in LarryInRi's post above and discussed in several other places. One of my 2 HR24's connects to my TV with component, and the other one passes through my Denon AVR which performs no video processing. This absence of any difference includes looking at the HDNet test screens with component and HDMI. Like I already said brightness setting is the ONE thing the HDNet test screens do fairly well.
My set is a 51" D8000, August build.
Also, I have tried the settings ryu4000 posted and done by Chad B and on my set they look REALLY good. I tried some of the earlier settings posted and they did not work for my TV, but I have not compared the called for settings of Chad B to the earlier ones to see what the differences are.