Originally Posted by dubvdingo
Thank you for your thoughtful post. I was on the verge of buying a 75" 900e and sitting 10-11 feet away. Over 50% of the use will be watching sports broadcast 1080i/720p on Fios.
It sounds like the best thing to do is to get a 65" to avoid seeing amplified imperfections of cable TV. Have other "average" TV watchers had similar experiences watching cable sports on 900e? Thanks
I haven't checked on this thread in awhile but came across your reply to my post this morning. I also saw the later post where you didn't get the 65" and instead purchased the 75" and were disappointed. Sorry about that. I would have steered you to the 65" if I were around as we are both Fios users who spend 50% of our TV time watching Live Sports.
Let me start by saying that the issue with 4K panels doing a mediocre job with 1080i/720p broadcast cable, particularly Live Sports, has nothing to do with Sony or this particular 900E TV. The disappointment (and fact of life) is that if you want to upgrade your 5-10 year old 1080p HDTV you have
to get a 4K panel which unfortunately amplifies the imperfections inherent in cable signals. One would think that the manufacturers would have used the last decade to figure out a way to improve 1080i/720p broadcast cable picture performance on a 4K panel, but they haven't.
What I did was go from a 2009 55" Sony 1080p HDTV to the 2017 65" 900E 4K TV and from the same viewing distance of 14 feet and after a six month break-in period here is what I can report:
1080i broadcast Live Sports (NBC, CBS, MSG, YES) looks as good as it did on my old 1080p native panel from my couch 14 feet away. Anything under 10 feet, I can see imperfections, blocking, etc.
720p broadcast Live Sports (FOX, ESPN) looks far worse than it did on my old 1080p native panel even at 14 feet. Half the NFL games, the World Series, any time the camera pans around the picture is a mess.
So my advice to you, if you haven't done it already, is to return your 75" and get the 65". It will look much better. It won't be perfect, it never will, but it will make you happier. There are too many "get the bigger panel!" people in this thread who don't watch Live Sports on cable regularly or are willing to compromise the viewing experience because they value the 4K movies and YouTube videos more than average people do.