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With projectors much of SDTV on dishtv hdtv receiver 811 is painful whereas hdtv rocks. Anyone have c-band hooked up to their pj. Channels I watch most are comedy (John Stewart) and PBS (Jim Lehrer). They are out of focus in SDTV. Will c-band or digital cable give sharper images with a 109'' screen.


Conceivably, digital cable may have higher resolution / better picture than small dish on their sdtv channels (because they have more bandwidth and do not need to compress as much as satellite). I am sure that c-band would blow away digital cable but would it be sufficiently good to justify the upfront expense and anxiety about channels going away.
 

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I have a DSR920 4DTV and digital cable from Comcast iun Seattle


Without a doubt the big dish has a superior image in all respects on all feeds, analog or digital. The benefit of getting the feeds directly from the studio rather than a middle-man rebroadcasters is undeniable. The draw back is that the current hardware sucks as far as features go. Fine for just watching live TV but there is pretty much ZERO PVR integration out there. You can hack it together but it's not as slick as a DirecTivo or DCT6812 /w Microsoft TV Foundation. I use a Toshiba RD-X2 DVD/Harddisk recorder for the big dish.


Digital cable looks about the same as DirecTV on the digital 480i SD feeds and superior on the analog feeds, depending on your service provider of course and the age of your cable system. Comcast just spent a bucket of cash upgrading the system here in the Seattle area after taking it over from AT&T and as a result at least where I live analog looks pretty good.


The thing you gotta know is that with digital cable all channels below 100 are still analog . Here in Seattle Comedy Central is on analog as is PBS. Although Comcast doers carry the lcoal PBS digital feed in the HD tier.
 

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Thanks iankin. I'll probably get c-band and set up some kind of cheap htpc pvr. If you want i'll post how it goes with the pvr. I just got a saesom usb hdtv so, in theory i can record ota hdtv without spending 1k. i'll probably set up something for

c-band as well.
 

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Thanks iankin. I'll probably get c-band and set up some kind of cheap htpc pvr. If you want i'll post how it goes with the pvr. I just got a saesom usb hdtv so, in theory i can record ota hdtv without spending 1k. i'll probably set up something for

c-band as well.
IMHO none of the PC based PVRs, nor Replay, nor Tivo do the big dish justice in the video quality department. All of the currently available PC based TV tuners SUCK. Although the ATI Rage Theater 550 based cards look to be the first that don't suck (I've seen prototypes in action).


Even with the flexability of a PC, you're going to have to do a LOT of work to get it all seamless. For example with the 4DTV you cannot send an IR command to set the channel number until the dish stops moving. This means you need to program in a delay between the satellite change command and the channel change command and it varies depending on how far the dish has to move. Although the "tune-it-all" software automates a lot of this.


You should visit 4dtvforum.com and, funnily enough, the WiRNS forum at planetreplay. A lot of work has happened in the user community to get the 4DTV working with a ReplayTV, it's almost there and the work is applicable to other PVR solutions.


Anyway, I use my big dish for feeds where I care about audio and video fidelity. I use a homebuilt WindowsXP Media Center rig for everything else. My Replays have been retired.
 
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