Vizio 70" Day 3: Over the Air Channels
I've had some time now to settle in with the set and test over a wider variety of OTA content. Obviously this TV is a steller performer (at least to my eye) on Blu-ray content - almost to the point of appearing three dimensional.
The performance on over the air broadcast appears to be completely dependent on the quality of the source material. For example, with a TV this large, and from the viewing distance of between 8-10 feet (as is the case in my den), standard definition source material does not hold up well (as can be expected when compared to high quality 1080i or 720p)
Local News channels
Local news is a bit of a mixed bag with the in studio shots in pretty high quality but some of the field reports and feed footage showing blurryness when scaled to this size at this viewing distance. I'm not sure how much the TV can do to smooth out some of this. My 52" Samsung appeared to do better, however, that's apples to oranges when you consider the scaling of the image from 52" to 70".
The PBS content appears to be the best of the lot. I receive PBS as 1080i content OTA. "Cat in the Hat" this morning, with its splashes of solid color and sharply delineated lines, pops off the screen as if a 70 inch comic book set to motion. The screen uniformity on this type of material appears to be spot on. There is no percievable banding and the colors are rich and saturated as one would expect.
I've yet to connect the TV to my Directv Genie due to the fact that my HDMI cable is routed from a media closet behind the wall above my fireplace. The cable only reaches about 2.5 feet outside the wall (where my articulating wall mount is located). And, since I haven't yet mounted the Vizio on the wall, the cable simply won't reach. I'm looking to finish the install early next week (after a quick trip for the weekend). I'm expecting to get a real sense of what this TV can do when I get to replay some of my DVR content on it to compare the image to that of my Samsung.
Edited by vestaviascott - 7/5/13 at 8:22pm