I'm fairly new to this HD stuff. I've got a Sony KDF-50WE655 LCD Projection TV currently wasting it's life away on CableOne. I don't have a box, I went the CableCard route for the cheapness factor. Finally, sick of waiting on KVLY to be offered on CableOne I picked up a set-top antenna last night at Best Buy. I was a little skeptical since my TV is in the basement, but after some monkeying around I've now got KXJB, KVLY, PBS, KVRR, and WDAY coming through. Obviously, the only HD ones in that list are KXJB, KVLY, and PBS.
Now, today was my first "big day" watching OTA HD programming. I watched the football games on KXJB and also some NASCAR on KVLY. One thing that I noticed was a fair amount of tiling or pixelation when there was a lot of action on the screen. I don't get any drop-outs or stuttering, just that when there's a lot happening, there is noticable pixelation or tiling or whatever you call it. Is my antenna at fault for this or is this more likely just the compression coming from the networks and or KVLY? Watching Sunday Night Football on ESPN-HD (CableOne) was beautiful! None of that pixelation business.
My TV reports about 70 (I believe that's in percent) for the signal of both KVLY and KXJB. Can anyone tell me if that 70% is the cause for this pixelation? I am guessing that it's just the compression coming from NBC/CBS and not a lot anybody can do about it. Surprising how there was none of that on ESPN, though. The way I understand it, if my signal is really to blame I'll get the drop outs and stuttering of the picture/audio. Can anyone confirm that my assumption is true?
I appreciate your patience. Like I said, I am pretty green when it comes to the HDTV world.
If anyone is curious, I live in West Fargo, right on the border of Fargo -- behind Home Depot. The antenna I am using is the RCA ANT501. And yes, this is all in my basement.