Originally Posted by guest68
I have just upgraded from a 50" 720p DLP to a 60" 1080p plasma. I also have a 5 year old 42" 720p plasma. My question for all you OTA viewers.......do many channels look soft?
I never noticed it with my older units, but with the new plasma, I find that most programs, ought to be sharper.
That being said, I was convinced that my LG was defective or unable to reproduce a good OTA signal, until I watched Nature on 9.1 last Saturday about ducks. The sharpness was what I thought it should be for all 720p channels. However, watching the Olympics on 5.1, I just say , "meh".
My own observations...
All the HD local channels look significantly softer than they used to a few years ago because they now multicast two, three, or four channels whereas a few years ago, they only broadcast a single channel. The bigger your TV, the more noticeable this is. KETC (9.1) was the first to multicast, and was obviously the worst for a long time. Now they're about average because the other stations have fallen to their level.
The most significant difference (in my own opinion) is KMOV, and it about smacked me upside the head during the run of UNDER THE DOME. I had missed recording the first episode, but did manage to record the second episode. I watched the first episode on Amazon Prime streaming video (720p), and followed immediately with the second from KMOV's 1080i broadcast on the DVR. And I was AMAZED at how much softer the KMOV broadcast looked than the Amazon stream. The difference was NOT subtle. I deleted my season pass (or whatever the DirecTV DVR calls it) and watched the rest of the season on Amazon.
And since then, shows I'm particularly fond of, like Blacklist, Arrow, and Revolution, I buy a season pass on Vudu and watch in glorious 1080p with no commercials.