Originally Posted by sanramon94582
- When I watch blu-ray movies, they look amazing.
That's the norm and it indicates that your TV is doing a good job.
- When I watch Direct TV's HD programming (HD channels). they look awful.
Your problem may be the Direct TV box settings.
My current Directv receiver setting has 720 p, 720i, 1080 p, 1080i checked.
Do you know what that means in detail? My Comcast box lets me select one of three settings -- 1080i (best for any HDTV channel other than
ABC, Fox, and ESPN which are broadcast in 1080i), OR
720p (best for ABC, Fox, and ESPN which are broadcast in 720p) OR
native. Native would pass through the native resolution 480i (SD), 720p (ABC, Fox, and ESPN, and 1080i (all other HDTV channels) without conversion. My box converts 480i and 720p to 1080i. That means that I get the best possible picture quality for channels that are not SD or 720p.
If it's possible, I would try setting your Direct TV box to 1080i only, and then see how the HDTV channels other than the 720p channels look. If your box is converting everything to 1080p, that might
be contributing to the problem.
With the same AV receiver and Directv setting, the HD programming actually looked a lot better on my old and smaller 2005 50" plasma than my new 2012 65" tv.
Is your Direct TV connected to the AVR with HDMI? Is the AVR connected to the TV with HDMI?
- Is there anything I can adjust on the tv setting?
Any TV picture quality can be improved with better settings. You haven't mentioned what picture mode you are using. All I can say is that your TV isn't broken since Blu-ray movies look good.
- Is there anything I should adjust on the Directv receiver
or AV receiver to make television programming looks better?
Without knowing which AVR you have our how it's connected, there is no way to tell for sure. Probably not.
- I watch Directv more than Blu-ray movies, Should I return my 65" and get a 60"? Will that help?
Probably not, but it's very hard for anyone to advise you without seeing what you see or knowing the details of how your your components are connected and what settings you are using.
The rule of thumb is that a TV isn't defective if it performs well with the best possible source material -- Blu-ray in this case. Being 13.5 feet from a 50" screen would make it tough to see much fine detail. You are seeing more detail, good or bad, with a 65" screen.You might look into the settings that D-Nice has provided for your TV.
That's a good idea under any circumstance. They are worth trying.
Maybe someone in this thread who uses Direct TV can help you with settings for it's box.Edited by htwaits - 3/19/13 at 1:44am