My current HTPC has a ATI 4870 connected to Panasonic plasma 50PZ80 via DVI-HDMI cable. The OS is Win7. The GPU has only DVI outputs and TV does not have PC/game option. Sound is routed to Marantz 6003 via SPDIF.
Problem: Netflix is now my go-to source for video but scenes in the dark/night are too dark to see what is going on.
I have read through the forums and vaguely understand this might be a RGB full/limited problem. My 4870 sends RGB full to my TV which is RGB limited. This explains, I think, why if I adjust the TV brightness I got more details in everything EXCEPT black areas. The blacks just turn to blotches of uniform grey instead of showing more details. Unfortunately, my 4870 only has DVI outputs so the option of selecting RGB limited in ATI CCC is not available. For other video sources (DVD, ripped video), I do get more details on the black by dialing up the brightness level but I almost never need to. What I don't understand is why this only happens with Netflix? Shouldn't any video passing through the GPU suffer the same problem?
I am not looking for a perfectly calibrated TV and mostly I just take the setting recommendation from the forum to set my TVs. I just want a decent picture and right now Netflix is not watchable for a lot of its contents, yet it has become my main source of video entertainment. Is this a RGB full/limited issue or is this a Netflix issue? I don't mind upgrading my HTPC if the 4870 really is the culprit but I don't want to spend the money and time to replace a HTPC that took a lot of time to set up just right.