Originally Posted by sanramon94582
I purchased the Panasonic vt50 65" tv for my living room a few days ago. I'm watching it from about 14 feet away.
- When I watch blu-ray movies, they look amazing.
- When I watch Direct TV's HD programming (HD channels) from Directv. they look awful.
I already checked the receiver setting, I already have 720 p, i, 1080 p, i checked.
With the same receiver, the Directv HD programming actually looked much better on my smaller 2005 50" plasma than my 2012 65" tv.
- Is that the norm?
- Is there anything I should adjust on the receiver to make HD programming looks better?
- Or is it the content of the source that I can't do anything about it.
I watch Directv more than Blu-ray movies, if 65" is not a good fit to watch television then I may consider returning it and get a 60" or 55" TV if that helps.
Has anyone has similar experience?
Please advise. Thank you much!
Have you turned "native" on to ensure the box is always sending out the proper resolution? Also, be sure you TV type is HD and 16x9.
Have you clicked the option to "hide SD duplicates" so you don't accidentally tune to the SD version instead of the HD version? Plus, make sure you have the SD mode set to pillar bar the content to ensure it doesn't get stretched. This will also make it easier to immediately notice if you aren't tuned to an HD channel.
How is your box connected to your TV - HDMI, component (RGB) or did the instller stick with with composite RCA (YRW) cables? I've heard plenty of stories of installers skimping and not connecting the box with an HD cable.
Do you have your TV set to any sort of stretch, expand, Cinema or other modes other than "standard" or a similar generic setting? Any of those special modes could be stretching or blowing up the video, making it look worse.
While HD on TV will never look as good s Blu-ray (the bit rate is far lower in many cases), it shouldn't look horrible in comparison - especially on DirecTV, which is one of the better providers for image quality right now..
Other than a few channels that would look like crap on any provider, D* looks very good on my TV - even if it isn't as good as Blu-ray.