Originally Posted by scdaf-
Have had a 65f59a for about 2 weeks running an Oppo hd 981 through a Sony STR-DG810 and thanks to jwebb, was able to tame the HDMI freakies right after the first manifestation. Also thanks to many of you, started with a very nice picture within about 30 minutes of unboxing. Still no HD material, but DVDs are amazing through this system! Waiting on HD sattelite for the DirectTV system which is supposed to appear in Costco any day now. Then will decide whether to go with Dish (which we already have) or switch. At this time, have not experience HDMI shift issue, but am watchful... Another huge thanks to all of you who convinced me to order this system, sight unseen. We are absolutely astonished at what a great deal this setup is. Paid $1289 delivered for the 65f59a. Happy, happy! Dave
Sorry to momentarily hijack this thread (I'm sure Livin will forgive me
Just for scdaf's benefit. If you stick with Dish (E*), you should
be able to get their HDDVR for no extra charge. DirecTV (D*) will gouge you 200 bucks to lease their HDDVR (reg HD box is "free" to new customers, however). If you are planning on buying the equipment, no worry.
Trust me...spring for the HD-DVR, whichever service you end up with. Mankind's greatest invention!!!
E* does currently have more HD offerings. Mainly due to taking over the exclusive HD programming offered by the now-deceased VOOM sat service. What they lack is a large number of local network HD markets (will likely need an antenna attached to your E* box to get 'em).
D* does carry more local network HD markets over the sat signal. And we all hear about the "promise of 150 HD channels (are there 150 HD channels?
Many here do complain about the HD PQ of sat, esp. D*-regardless of what TV commercials tell you. Generally this lower PQ is due to the massive amounts of compression that occurs w/ sat signals. Esp. D* (E* seems to do better for most in terms of PQ). I can speak from personal experience that I get much better PQ (both SD and HD) from dig. cable. However, cable markets vary and some markets may not be able to handle the bandwith, therefore leading to better PQ from sat.
Either way, glad to hear your F59 is making you smile. The smiles will get bigger once you get full-blown HD service.