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I just purchased this Philips 42PF9630A HD Plasma, and to try out the HD we purchased a HD movie over Pay Per View, "Journey to the Center of the Earth," And it dident look very HD? We have Dish Network satelitte, do I need an HDMI cable going from the dish reciever to the TV? Is there an option to "turn on" the HD or does it automatically come on? Thanks for the noob questions...


Also i've searched for ways to calibrate it, and I basically just used other peoples settings from the Philips 42PF9630A HD Plasma thread, but it still doesnt look right? Is it just hit or miss when messing with the various picture settings?
 

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If you don't already have it, you need the HD dish, HD set top box, and HD service from Dish Network - otherwise you're just watching the same old SD stations that you were watching before. Not sure exactly what you mean or how you ordered the HD version of the movie, I'm not familiar with Dish.


You will need to set up your set top box to output in HD. Most boxes allow you to either select a fixed resolution (720p ,1080i, etc) or have an "auto" setting that will automatically output the correct resolution for a given station.


And yes, you can only get HD via HDMI or component (the three seperate color cables). If you're plugged in with S-video or composite (yellow cable) you won't get HD regardless of the source. www.monoprice.com for great, very inexpensive HDMI cables.


For good settings, check this board to see if there's an owner's thread, and look for reviews at places like CNet.com, which usually post their calibrated settings.


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I looked over Cnet, and could not find any calibration settings, how can I get the best picture out of the set? I should get component cables from the sat box to the tv, and then just set the settings to where they look right? Should I forget about the co-axil cable, because thats whats going into the TV right now with component cables from the dvd player... From user reviews its supposed to have awsome picture, but it just looks average to me?
 

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I looked over Cnet, and could not find any calibration settings, how can I get the best picture out of the set? I should get component cables from the sat box to the tv, and then just set the settings to where they look right? Should I forget about the co-axil cable, because thats whats going into the TV right now with component cables from the dvd player... From user reviews its supposed to have awsome picture, but it just looks average to me?

First of all, you need component cable at minimun connecting the satellite box to your TV to view the HD programming. The RF(co-axial acble) output on the sat box may have been provided for compatibility with ancient TVs (manufactured about 15 years back). The picture you get on that output is simple standard def. It would look like garbage on a bigger TV because it is actually meant for smaller TVs. If your satellite box has an HDMI output, then get the HDMI cable instead of component. Get your cables hooked up properly and then worry about calibrating and fine tuning it.
 

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If you've got a coaxial cable ("cable tv cable") plugged directly into the TV, you're getting audio and video directly over the line. This may or may not contain HD content.

Most providers require a set-top box to decode HD content.


I expect your tv came with a 'quick setup' guide, showing different ways to hook things up. If not, here's a basic reference:


HDMI: Can carry HD audio and video

Component (R/G/B): Can carry HD video

Optical (Black cable, clear Fiber inside) Can carry HD audio

Composite (R/W/Y): Can handle stereo audio, standard video


I suspect your trouble isn't with the calibration settings of your television, but the input configuration.
 

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I looked over Cnet, and could not find any calibration settings, how can I get the best picture out of the set? I should get component cables from the sat box to the tv, and then just set the settings to where they look right? Should I forget about the co-axil cable, because thats whats going into the TV right now with component cables from the dvd player... From user reviews its supposed to have awsome picture, but it just looks average to me?

.. how do you run your audio; component red/green/blue w/ L/R audio? If sat box allows HDMI (28awg), would purchase a couple from monoprice.com. Good deals there.


some links with member suggested settings:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...s#post11421572
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...ss#post9187530
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...ss#post9018188
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...ss#post9011008
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...ss#post9011008
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...ss#post9008312


search link (tags contrast+color+brightness): http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/searc...rchid=11948255
 

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Thanks alot for putting up with my noobish questions! I will get a HDMI cable asap and get rid of the coaxil... I will also try and call the satellite company and see if the box we have now is HD or not and how to turn it on... Thanks again!!!
 

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in my opinion the only way to see your tv look good is through blue ray or videogames. i have time warner cable hooked up hdmi and when i put in a blueray its a night and day difference. cable looks like junk on my tv and the hd channels are just ok. i watched journey to the center of the earth on blue ray and i wasnt impressed with it at all.
 
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