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Hi,


I just had Direct TV installed this week to a HDTV and a standard NTSC TV. The video quality displayed on the standard NTSC TV is softer and grainier than our Comcast cable. The color rendition is also "colder" and less rich (people skins are more pale, for example). Is this inherent in Direct TV, or is it the low video quality of the set top box, a Sony SAT-B65A ?


My advanced thanks to your feedback.


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Peter
 

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Did you adjust your TV at all?
 

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Your mileage will vary when comparing the two sources. Where I live, D* blows cable away.
 

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I agree, i think it also is a function of the size of your screen... and the STB as well, my Sony SatB55 is decent on my 36 inch tube, but on my 61" rptv, its mediocre.. but when i switched to my Hughes E86, i noticed an improvement on the RPTV...
 

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I'll have to agree with the DTV side on this one. MY satellite signal through the DTC100 is better than the cable signal through the Motorola 5100. HD signals were very close but the SD signals are better on the DTC100. It's like comparing apples and oranges on this one however as someone down the street may have a slightly better or worse cable feed and there are many different combinations of receivers and monitors that all have a bearing on the final picture. Try both and see which one works best for you, but to say DTV is better than cable or vise versa can be very misleading.
 

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Originally posted by Dave McWilliams
Your mileage will vary when comparing the two sources. Where I live, D* blows cable away.
I second that one. I just upgrade from Comcast and the picture quality is a 1000 times better not to mention I'm paying a lot less. I didn't mind cable too much when I had AT&T, but now that Comcast bought them, the service and picture quality bites the big one.
 

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DirecTV PQ does vary depending on the STB you're using. The Hughes GAEB0 makes NTSC D* look much better than than the local cable here. [YMMV]


Many non-HD DirecTV STBs have picture quality adjustments in the menu. Both of my Hughes non-HD STBs (model GAEB0) have PQ adjustments for brightness, contrast, color saturation, etc., as well as audio adjustments in the setup menu.


Read your owner's manual to see if yours does.
 

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I second that one. I just upgrade from Comcast and the picture quality is a 1000 times better not to mention I'm paying a lot less. I didn't mind cable too much when I had AT&T, but now that Comcast bought them, the service and picture quality bites the big one.
Bac522,


Which NTSC STB (mfr. and model No.) do you have? I'd like to replace the Sony with it.


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I'll have to agree with the DTV side on this one. MY satellite signal through the DTC100 is better than the cable signal through the Motorola 5100. HD signals were very close but the SD signals are better on the DTC100. It's like comparing apples and oranges on this one however as someone down the street may have a slightly better or worse cable feed and there are many different combinations of receivers and monitors that all have a bearing on the final picture. Try both and see which one works best for you, but to say DTV is better than cable or vise versa can be very misleading.
Could you tell me who the mfr. of the model DTC100 is?
 

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The DTC100 is an HD DirecTV box made by RCA.


An NTSC D* box with excellent PQ and adjustable picture settings is the Hughes GAEB0


It has DirecTV Interactive (for local weather ch 492, etc.), and RF remote option for STB control from another room.
 

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Bac522,


Which NTSC STB (mfr. and model No.) do you have? I'd like to replace the Sony with it.


Best,


Peter
I use the el-cheapo RCA DS4230RG. I connect to my TV using the S-Video port.
 
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