Originally Posted by mexican-bum
I do on my main tv as the directv receiver just passes what ever is broadcast 720p, 1080i, 1080p etc..... to the tv and let's the tv do the conversion. If you have a 720p tv it will convert everything to 720p, 1080p tv everything to 1080p. The downside is it will slow channel changes as most TV's will have a slight delay when changing from different formats. For that reason, on the kids tv for example since they mainly watch movies and cartoons I choose to have the receiver always send out 1080i for everything and no delay.
Not me; I don't use Native. My receiver still outputs 1080p as 1080p though. Maybe it doesn't output 720p as 720p and let the TV upconvert but rather puts out 1080i though for 1080p it certainly does pass through 1080p. I have viewed some free 1080p movies a couple weeks ago after my install and checked that. I cannot say with 100% certainty because that was a couple weeks ago but I am confident I'm speaking the truth.
Not sure what you mean by soft picture, s1. All broadcast TV to me seems very soft without some processing features turned on so I've always ran my TV with some, albeit minimal, processing. I don't use EE and things like that. If you turn on "Game Mode" on any TV it'll turn off all processing. Both DTV and my old Cox HDTV's picture look very poor quality and incredibly soft in game mode. When game mode is not turned on and minimal processing is taking place, however, the picture quality is good. DTV is a lot better than Cox's though that's for sure and Cox's wasn't "terrible" I wouldn't say.
75" LED LCD Sammy (2013 edition) in the living room, 58" six year-old Sammy plasma in the bedroom. The plasma always seems to have much better picture especially in the coloring, sharpness and blacks. Every TV service it has always looked better but plasma is known for this in most cases. It just gets a bad rap for being dark since it's not overly bright like LCD/LED and is best used in dark rooms.
Anyway, I'll try native and play around. Haven't done that yet on my Genie but still don't think I have a need.