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I'm new to this, and while I've been lurking for a while, I still need help:


Can/does a HTPC help picture quality for standard def TV (from cable)?

I guess what I'm asking is: can a HTPC work on a live feed, and if so, will it upscale or somehow make it better?


I've almost decided on the 37" westinghouse lcd, but the posts of poor SD PQ kinda scare me.


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A HTPC cannot add picture detail not present in the original broadcast, and cannot increase the source resolution. What the HTPC does very well using Dscaler software is to outperform the built-in hardware deinterlacer/scaler circuits in HDTVs, projectors, etc. Thus it makes the best of what you have - but if you have a weak and noisy signal to begin with, it won't get significantly better. Dscaler works best with a strong clean SD signal.


I have used Dscaler for years, first with analog cable and later with DirecTV. The DirecTV local channels are noticeably better than with cable, which used the over-the-air broadcasts as received at the cable head unit. The best quality channels - those that originate as satellite broadcasts - are pretty much the same from both sources.


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