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To: Kirk © who wrote (217)9/17/2019 7:19:21 PM
From: Elroy
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Check that you are watching the HD versions of the cable channels

This is what I expected the cable guy to do. I don't think all of our cable channels are in HD. Many of them say HD, so they're obviously HD. I assume the ones that don't say HD are not HD, and they are the ones that are a bit blurry. Not sure what we can do to upgrade the viewing of those.

We've got another tech guy coming to take a look at it today, but I think we're stuck with some cable channels (CNN for example) being broadcast not in HD, and so on a screen this big it doesn't come out as great as we'd like.

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To: Elroy who wrote (218)9/17/2019 7:52:37 PM
From: greg s
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Yeah, life’s a bitch!

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To: Elroy who wrote (218)9/17/2019 9:32:20 PM
From: J.F. Sebastian
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This is what I expected the cable guy to do. I don't think all of our cable channels are in HD. Many of them say HD, so they're obviously HD. I assume the ones that don't say HD are not HD, and they are the ones that are a bit blurry. Not sure what we can do to upgrade the viewing of those.
Kirk is right, cable companies are constrained in bandwidth compared to satellite, and you will find fewer HD channels available on cable.

For example, in my area, DirecTV has 13 different channels of HBO, 9 of which are available in HD. Xfinity/Comcast offers 11 HBO channels, with only 4 in HD.

With more limited bandwidth, cable is forced to pick and choose which channels to offer in HD based on availability and popularity. That said, I'm surprised CNN isn't available in HD where you are, even if it's the Philippines.

The downside of having a high quality HD or 4K TV with a good picture is what you're experiencing. I have a friend who had a lower end Vizio 1080p TV years ago using Comcast, and you couldn't tell a lot of difference between the SD and HD versions of most channels.

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To: Elroy who wrote (218)9/18/2019 2:50:56 AM
From: Frank Walker
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Even when you set up your TV channel sources just right, there can be quite a lot of variation in video quality on the same channel depending on the program that’s on at the moment. For my system all my channels reach me in HD 1080i resolution, but for example the PBS nightly news and business programs don’t look anywhere near HD sharp. The programs PBS puts on next are usually a Rick Steves travel show and maybe Antiques Road Show and then a nature documentary and those look better and sharper than the news. Same thing happens on other channels, the daytime programs and news look lower resolution, while later on movies look much better. Commercials almost always look better than the program they’re in. I suspect that the program originators and channels/networks have different resolution and bandwidth/compression settings for different types of program material, maybe some of those settings are automated at some point in the distribution chain.

I have my Netflix account set up for 1080P with the best quality settings. Almost all Netflix material looks a lot better than my 1080i TV channels. But even on Netflix 1080P, some movies look and sound mediocre, while others look and sound really good. Best quality I’ve seen is from Chinese action movies, my theory is they do minimal post-processing of their video, so it is very sharp and colourful and you can see a lot of detail in skin texture, wrinkles etc. Whereas with mainstream Hollywood movies they do a lot of processing to give a certain colour tone for the entire movie, and those expensive actors get thick fake-tan makeup and are digitally blurred so you can’t see wrinkles and blemishes. Result is that a lot of YouTube videos and the Chinese action movies look more realistic with better colour and sharpness than big-budget Hollywood movies.

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To: Frank Walker who wrote (221)9/18/2019 3:20:19 AM
From: Elroy
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Thanks for the tips, I guess our experience is fairly normal.

The good thing about the nice new TV is that when we depart from the Philippines next summer our apartment will turn into a hotel rental unit, and the TV which we purchased this year will hopefully last for 10 more years, and slowly the broadcast signal will catch up to the TV quality, so I guess the picture should just get better over time as the cable company improves and adds services and capacity.

Lucky tourists......

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To: Elroy who wrote (218)9/18/2019 10:00:51 AM
From: Kirk ©
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Sounds like that is the issue.
Not sure what we can do to upgrade the viewing of those.

Switch to Dish.... they are very clear when adding channels to my "Favorites" Lists and I can select either SD or HD for most. For awhile, I paid extra for HD in the past but it is included now.

If you consider it, I have referral code
  • They'll need to call 888-608-6768 and use referral code VCD0021387573.
They used to give generous deals and incentives but now I need 2 referrals to get $100 in bill credits, so not nearly as good in the past. So many of us know to call for specials to keep our business, that they probably have the fat cut to the bone....

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To: Kirk © who wrote (223)9/18/2019 10:31:24 AM
From: Elroy
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I live in the Philippines.

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To: Elroy who wrote (224)9/18/2019 11:27:41 AM
From: Kirk ©
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I thought you were moving soon to the US? When you do, consider overall signal quality.

There are ways to save money, but given this is a forum for what I imagine are audiophiles and videophiles.... I got Comcast for just the cable speeds... then use DISH for video quality.

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To: Kirk © who wrote (225)9/18/2019 12:56:23 PM
From: Frank Walker
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I’m surprised that satellite TV is still competitive with Internet based TV (IPTV). Satellite TV such as Dish works on the radio spectrum Ku band and there is a limited amount of that spectrum available, I think they would have a problem adding more HD and 4K channels.

Internet based TV can be delivered on fibre which has huge digital bandwidth available, so theoretically they could easily deliver lots of HD and 4K channels, with minimal compression required.

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To: Frank Walker who wrote (226)9/18/2019 2:20:07 PM
From: Kirk ©
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They recently put a new RX on the roof dish that allows me to record 26 HD channels at a time, if I were so inclined. OTA for local channels, even with their new amplified antenna, is still better but the signal often craps out since I am a decent distance from the transmission towers so it is not reliable.

I believe they only offer true 4K for movies you pay for... which I don't... I can wait.

They have a hybrid system where I often can get content via downloading to catch up on past shows. Some good shows still don't have a way to catch up on content. Since I have a new DVR since I last watched "Queen of the South" I missed most of the new season since I didn't have it programmed in to record and the new, lame version of "Entertainment Weekly" switched to a monthly format and I missed the reminder of the new season.

The hybrid system works well for pay cable since you can download the past shows via the internet and watch with the DVR with them organized nicely. I'm hoping they eventually let me download Amazon and HBO streaming subscription shows so I don't have to do so many remote changes to get my high end sound - I put in a request for that yesterday in fact!

Trouble with Fiber and any expensive system is it costs a lot to deliver it to areas with large lots... so they put it in the denser cities with suburbs and rural areas often way behind. We may get 5G very close to here BUT of course this is California and half the people think it will give them cancer... so they are fighting it.

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