Originally Posted by afc
I hope you don't mind if I post in this forum.
I just received my Optoma SV65XF today.
I am curently hooked up thru cable and the picture is not that great.....kind of blocky looking...
I am in the process of buying the new 9200 Dual Tuner High Definition Personal Video Recorder from Bell Express Vu Satalite but it won't be out for another 2 to 3 weeks.
I will subscribe to the HDTV channels.
I am told the difference between cable and digital HDTV Satalite will make a world of difference.
I will let you know how the satalite system looks.
When the movers delivered the tv I had them set in on a wood platform that I built for an old rear projection tv that I sold 4 years ago and .........it made me very dizzey to view at that height. (approx. 16" off the ground) from approx. 12' away.
I asked a couple of friends of mine to help me move it back to ground level and it has made the world of difference. (as far as dizziness goes)
Depending on your cable company, you may be better off staying with cable. You should look through the various local HD programing threads for your area here:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=453241
Also, you need to be more specific about the devices you have and how they are hooked up. More than likely you have a setting that needs to be changed. For SD you should find out which channels are digital and which ones are analog. I am in the LA area and channels 32-99 are digitally simulcast, so I don't have a problem with analog channels because the only channels I watch in the 1-31 range all have HD versions that I watch. SD programming upconverted to HD (i.e. ABC does not always broadcast true HD programming 24/7 on ABC HD) on cable has better PQ than SD digital channels on both cable and satellite. Digital cable channels and digital sat. channels have very similar PQ. I know because I am doing a slow switch from Dish to Comcast cable and currently have both.
Also, you may need an amplifier for your cable signal. You should call your cable co. to send someone out. Hey, its free (unlike sat.). At this point in time I would not recommend DirecTV. They have serious issues right now and you can read all about it here (among other threads):http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=547670
If you have money to burn, then get Dish and get the 942 DVR and the Voom channels. However you will also need a OTA antenna to get locals in HD (ABC, NBC, etc.). So if you don't mind equipment and installation fees and multiple dishes along with an antenna that could range from 1' wide to 9' wide, then this is the right setup.
Personally, cable was a better option for me because I have a good cable co. and cable doesn't have equipment or install fees or convoluted setups.