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i'm subscribed to a local digital cable network. my cable box is a motorola dct 2000. this box only has a s-video output for "better" viewing. does anyone know what these signals are broadcasted in (ie: 480i,480p,etc) the reason i ask is compared to my progressive scan dvd player this picture really is bottom of the barrel. i had my connections and terminations checked by service personel,but it just isn't up to my standards. am i expecting too much from digital cable? is this wishful thinking? or is there something that i'm overlooking? my tv is a lcd rear projection tv(sony 50 inch)...thanks in advance
 

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Well thinks to check are good cable (like the thick RG-6) proper cable grounding (a connector outside the house usually next to the power meter). Also if there isn't enough gain on the signal coming into your house you could try an amplifier but that might make things worse.
 

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i'm subscribed to a local digital cable network. my cable box is a motorola dct 2000. this box only has a s-video output for "better" viewing. does anyone know what these signals are broadcasted in (ie: 480i,480p,etc) the reason i ask is compared to my progressive scan dvd player this picture really is bottom of the barrel. i had my connections and terminations checked by service personel,but it just isn't up to my standards. am i expecting too much from digital cable? is this wishful thinking? or is there something that i'm overlooking? my tv is a lcd rear projection tv(sony 50 inch)...thanks in advance
Analog and Digital Cable is all 480i (NTSC). One thing that might be working against you is that on most if not all HD-ready TVs i'm pretty sure the S-Video input bypasses the TV's internal line-doubler/deinterlacer so it can't upconvert it to 480p. My former cable box looked much better on my HD-ready tube TV via Composite than it did via S-Video. Others have reported their cable looks better via composite as well. If your cable company offers HD maybe you can get em to give you an HD converter which might have active Composite outputs (yellow video with red/white audio). I can't believe a cable provider would give out boxes that don't have a yellow video out jack.


Truth be told most (if not all) RPTVs don't look all that great with NTSC programming - they're more geared towards DVD and HD where they do very well. I've seen NTSC (cable and DirecTV) on a few large LCD and DLP RPTVs and it looks a little soft or blurry/fuzzy, with the analog channels looking significantly worse than the digital channels. Still watchable, but not comparable to the same signal on a tube TV. NTSC is 50-year-old technology no matter how it's delivered and was never meant to be displayed on such large screens. Moving farther away from the screen helps.
 

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thank you for the info.........do you think it's possible to get a better picture at all????????
Yes, get the Motorola high definition DCT and use either the component video or DVI outs. And as someone mentioned the digitals are the three digit channels, only a handful of broadcasts are true hi-def, but if you want that IMAX image quality get your box upgraded.
 
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