I just got my PL4260N yesterday from BB. I'll share my limited experience thus far before I ask for your advice on my tuner problem.
I haven't satisfied myself with the DVD quality just yet. I used a non-progressive scan Sony via component cables with mixed results. I tried the only other player I have right now, a cheapo Cyberhome with progressive scan via component. Neither of them were spectacular. The edges are still a little to jaggy for my liking.
I don't really have an issue with the menus but it's my first plasma and I have nothing else to compare to.
The remote is very direction sensitive. If you're close to the TV like when you're adjusting the OTA antenna, and you try to hit the Info button to check the signal strength, it gets to be frustrating. You have to aim at the IR receiver. It may just be that the menu is trying to lock up on me. I'm not sure.
HD 720P and 1080i looks awesome! although I had a sound/picture sync issue on our local CBS affiliate. Would that be a local issue or a station issue most likely?Now for my problems/questions:
I'm on analog cable for about three more weeks because I'm moving into a new house where I will use Dish HD (most likely). I'm currently using the built in tuner.
I know that the pic will be better after I move and I hope my switching issue I will describe will go away in the process.First, for the equipment:
I bought an indoor UHF/VHF Philips antenna from Wallyworld:Philips MANT410
Now, it has a pass through where you feed the cable TV signal into the back. There is a power switch to turn the signal booster on and off and another switch to toggle between the OTA or Cable TV signal.Now, the antenna issues:
When it works OTA for HD, it's great. However, performance seemed to drop significantly when I connected the cable TV signal to it even though nothing else had changed (same position, switch still on "Antenna"). It also seems to degrade my CATV signal to almost no picture at all even when I've changed the built in TV tuner back to CATV and switched the antenna to the same. So, there most likely has to be something better out there that is UHF/VHF and near the same price. I heard good things about a Radio Shack antenna but the exact model doesn't appear to be in production anymore. I know I'm asking a lot from a $30 indoor antenna too.
When I get to the new crib, I plan to use an attic based antenna with a signal booster. Almost all of my OTA broadcasts will come from within 7 degrees of each other so a decent antenna should do the trick.Now for my TV related issue:
When I decide to watch broadcast HD or DTV (SD), I have to move the signal source from cable to antenna. At that point, the set wants to scan all analog channels to update the channel list. I don't really have a problem with that on the first time I switch there. However, when I want to go back to cable, the TV has totally forgotten all of the cable channels and I have to go through another scan. I know when you switch between signal sources (antenna/vs CATV), you can cancel the channel scan and I wouldn't mind having to do that if it remembered my DTV OTA settings but it doesn't.
In a nutshell, is there some way to intertwine the channel lineup where the source for one channel is OTA and the source for the next is CATV? If it were possible, can it be done with an OTA antenna and CATV feed without having to buy additional electronics? I can handle the purchase of a splitter or switch if necessary but I hardly want to spend big bucks for a month of TV. I'll worry more about the solution after I move. As I said earlier, I hope it will go away.
Once I have a Dish (jury's still out on which HD setup I should get): when you pay $5 extra a month for locals (in HD if/when available I assU
me), doesn't the provider squash the signal a little to free up some headroom for other channels? Or, do they just put that little worthless antenna on the top of your dish and pull it down OTA like you originally would anyway? Does the Dish box allow you to mix sources and still channel surf or do you have to switch manually between OTA and Sat?
Finally, is there any Dish hardware with DVR that's previous to the latest HD receivers that will receive HD and not incur a monthly DVR fee? If I buy my own DVR, could it be possible to record HD signals from my Dish HD receiver? I'm still torn on which receiver to get. Since the 4260 doesn't have PIP built in, if I get the dual tuner HD receiver, will it bring PIP or POP capability with it? If not, it would seem cheaper to buy the single tuner without the DVR and purchase my own DVR if I can still record the HD signals. I'm going to post the Dish related questions over in the Dish forum but I thought I'd ask here too since it's somewhat specific to my TV.
Thanks in advance if you made it this far in all of my rambling,
JeffUpdate! I've seen the light! Check out my later post. I got the reception and switching figured out and I tweaked the pic settins as well. Much much better.