I need some advice about my cable provider.
I am still loving my VT30 very much, but my HD Cable (provided by Cox-1080i) looks a little less than desirable. Fast moving objects are blocky and objects in the distance are hard to make out and quite blurry. The quality completely varies from channel to channel, for example Animal Planet, Science HD, and the Discovery Channel all provide a mostly decent image quality, but AMC for example, is almost always fairly poor quality. Even my movie channels: HBO, Starz, & Encore look so-so.
Video Games & Blu-rays especially look amazing in almost every regard, so I know that it is not necessarily my TV's fault, because I'm sure the Cox signal being sent to my TV is very compressed and of very poor quality. But my Samsung C7000 had actually very nice 1080i quality, though it still had some blocky features to it. I think the reason I didn't notice it so much on my Samsung, is that the Samsung had an overly processed image that retained (or hid) a lot of the excessive grain & unattractive features from sight.
I have troubleshooted by having switched out DVR's, changing coax cables, changing HDMI cables, switched cable outlets and looked for anything in my VT30 settings that might be turned off that might enhance the 1080i quality by even a little. Nothing has helped, so far.
This is by far not a deal breaker for me on this display, as the Blu-ray content is still phenomenal and I am willing to sacrifice unsatisfying cable content for the outstanding Blu-ray image this TV produces.
I have been contemplating switching from Cox over to Direct TV, as I have heard from quite a few sources that the Direct TV picture quality is worlds better than the compressed cable image and I think that switching would probably help out quite a bit.
Would you guys suggest switching to Direct TV? My mother & step father, who live here also, "like" Cox cable are very skeptical on switching over to Direct TV, because they are worried that Satelite Cable is unreliable, and they have "heard" (probably from my ignorant older brother) that Direct TV isn't a great cable provider. Even though we would be saving quite a bit of money by switching over, as I have explained to them.
Besides switching cable providers, is there anything else I can try to get some better quality from my cable source?
Could something like this
help my grainy and blocky cable picture?