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    HD First Impressions - Switched from Cablevision

    I was not happy with the HD lineup that Cablevision provided and decided to switch to Direct TV. Here's a list of my first impressions:

    1. Install was smooth.

    2. I signed up with the AAA offer (free showtime for 1 yr, 10 credit for 24 mothns etc) but was not set up correcltly on my account. Called 10 times to resolve with no luck. This issues was elavated to a supervisor for resolution....still pending.

    3. Getting the $23 credit is confusioning ($5 credit + $18 credit).

    4. Channel selection is better than Cablevision.

    5. Non HD PQ is better than Cablevision.

    6. CABLEVISION HD IS MUCH BETTER THAN DIRECT TV. THE PQ ON DIRECT TV IS SOFT AND DOES NOT HAVE FULL RICH COLOR???? LOOKS LIKE HD LITE TO ME!!!!!

    Any suggestion on how to improve the HD PQ?



    Update:

    Since I've had the system for about a week, I have come to the conclusion that the HD PQ from Cablevision is slightly better (richer color) than Direct TV. My initial assessment did not take into account that I was comparing 90 plus HD channels from Direct TV vs. the 20 plus from Cablevision of which a majority are Voom. Although Direct TV has so many more HD channels the broadcasts may be in HD lite which is an issue with the broadcasters not Direct TV.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jahan View Post

    6. CABLEVISION HD IS MUCH BETTER THAN DIRECT TV. THE PQ ON DIRECT TV IS SOFT AND DOES NOT HAVE FULL RICH COLOR???? LOOKS LIKE HD LITE TO ME!!!!!

    Any suggestion on how to improve the HD PQ?
    Check your box, my resolution was on 480P after I was installed a few weeks ago.

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    Something is not set most if not all of Dtv is not downrezzed it is all mpeg4 no hdlite at least from directs end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruce View Post
    Check your box, my resolution was on 480P after I was installed a few weeks ago.
    I have 3 Direct TV HD boxes and they are all set at 1080I. I re-checked all the wires including the signal strength and all is good.

    Don't get me wrong, the Direct TV HD channel looks good compared to SD but I do not get the HD WOW factor. In my opinion the HD PQ from Cablevision is 10 times better than HD Direct TV. I compared the two side by side on 3 differnt HD tv's and I'm convinced that the HD PQ from Direct TV is downrezzed.

    I plan on sticking with direct tv becuase of the NFL game pass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jahan View Post
    I have 3 Direct TV HD boxes and they are all set at 1080I. I re-checked all the wires including the signal strength and all is good.

    Don't get me wrong, the Direct TV HD channel looks good compared to SD but I do not get the HD WOW factor. In my opinion the HD PQ from Cablevision is 10 times better than HD Direct TV. I compared the two side by side on 3 differnt HD tv's and I'm convinced that the HD PQ from Direct TV is downrezzed.

    I plan on sticking with direct tv becuase of the NFL game pass.
    What are you using to connect the rec's to your TV ?
    Are you viewing the MPEG2 or 4 channels ?

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    Jimbo,

    I'm using HDMI and have the latest HD boxes from Direct TV which should be MPEG4.

    Since I've had the system for about a week, I have come to the conclusion that the HD PQ from Cablevision is slightly better (richer color) than Direct TV. My initial assessment did not take into account that I was comparing 90 plus HD channels from Direct TV vs. the 20 plus from Cablevision of which a majority are Voom. Although Direct TV has so many more HD channels the broadcasts may be in HD lite which is an issue with the broadcasters not Direct TV.

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