Originally Posted by bobaphx
Does anyone use Dish Network as one of their viewing sources?
I haven't purchased a QN82Q90R as yet, but I've been getting ready for it with my other sources.
Recently had a problem with my Dish receiver so Dish offered an upgrade to their new 4K "Hopper 3" receiver/DVR and I took it. It records and streams 4K if something is available.
Without having the 82Q90R yet I'm curious how regular Dish 1080P programing will look on it...
What are you using now? That’s certainly going to factor into what you will see with the new set.
I don’t own a 90R set.
But I’ve been a cable, Directv and Dish user over the last three years. I’ve had both sat companies 4K setups. And I own a Sony Z9D which has excellent video processing. So I’m giving you impressions based on seeing a Hopper 3 on a really good 65” 4K display.
Dish’s HD programming is broadcast as 1440x1080 in 4:3 and then stretched out to 16x9 and output as 1080i/p/4K.
As such, it had a certain softness to it on my 65” Z9D which wasn’t as noticeable as on my 55” Vizio P series in our other room, much like most cable broadcasts. You’ll see green lawns, skies, and other detailed backgrounds lose a lot of detail. Also it can tend to smear and blotch faces. You should be able to see that on your current HD display, and it indeed might be magnified a bit on such a large display.
Since Dish is really broadcasting in “HD lite” I wouldn’t expect it to look fantastic.... really really good. But not fantastic.
I know there has been a lot of comparisons to people feeling that these type of sources looks worse on their new displays.... but I would also surmise (with not disrespect to anyone’s first hand experiences) that we’ve now all experienced stunning 4K HDR production and sources and it’s just now that we’re seeing how “compromised” cable and Dish broadcasts really are. For some it seems as if these providers are providing sub par 4K STB solutions and older boxes are providing a more “pure” experience... the Hopper 3 is definitely as good as a box as I’ve seen from Dish or Directv... I would just have realistic expectations.