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doyoucompute

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Hey everyone. We just got directv on monday, and overall am pretty pleased. The install went well and was quick. My only concern is the picture quality. While it is plenty acceptable, it just seems a few notches below the cable we had before, and I would describe it as a little on the grainy side. This is with a normal SDTV. I've checked the signal strength and on 101 they are all in the mid to high 90's, and on 119 they are all high 90's, and the three transponders on 110 are high 80's. Is this good? I appreciate any thoughts and comments.
 
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Jhon69

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Hey everyone. We just got directv on monday, and overall am pretty pleased. The install went well and was quick. My only concern is the picture quality. While it is plenty acceptable, it just seems a few notches below the cable we had before, and I would describe it as a little on the grainy side. This is with a normal SDTV. I've checked the signal strength and on 101 they are all in the mid to high 90's, and on 119 they are all high 90's, and the three transponders on 110 are high 80's. Is this good? I appreciate any thoughts and comments.



Your signal levels sound good(better than mine).Suggest you set your display setting to widescreen.;):welcome:hatsoff:
 

doyoucompute

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Jul 9, 2007
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I forgot to mention that it is hooked up s-video. I switched it to widescreen and it didn't seem to change much. Thanks for the reply.
 

Jhon69

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Mar 19, 2006
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I forgot to mention that it is hooked up s-video. I switched it to widescreen and it didn't seem to change much. Thanks for the reply.


Your welcome.Your picture quality should be above cable(especially with your local
channels as most cable local channels are still analog).Your installer should have installed everything new(including coax).On the contact you signed you do have recourse,you should have like 90 days if anything goes wrong you call the installer
to fix it,after that it's Directv.;)

Directv is having bandwith restrictions due to lack of bandwith.This will improve once Directv moves their HD to MPEG4 to D10(later this year).Other fixes for picture quality other than what I suggested are.Increase your viewing distance.Have your TV professionally adjusted by a local TV repairman as TV's even when brand new can be out of adjustment.Using SVideo is the best(I use it).
I watched my TV for 4 years thinking something is wrong with this TV.After having
it professionally adjusted,I realized I should have had it done sooner(well worth the money!).Good Luck!:)
 

boba

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Dec 12, 2003
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Hey everyone. We just got directv on monday, and overall am pretty pleased. The install went well and was quick. My only concern is the picture quality. While it is plenty acceptable, it just seems a few notches below the cable we had before, and I would describe it as a little on the grainy side. This is with a normal SDTV. I've checked the signal strength and on 101 they are all in the mid to high 90's, and on 119 they are all high 90's, and the three transponders on 110 are high 80's. Is this good? I appreciate any thoughts and comments.
What did you get for equipment and what do you have for a SD TV?:)
 

doyoucompute

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Jul 9, 2007
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What did you get for equipment and what do you have for a SD TV?:)

The receivers are are a little silver number. Umm it's about a foot wide, with a blue led on the front. I don't see a brand on it, so I guess it's a directv model. It's a lot smaller than I thought it would be. My tv is an older 31" RCA, and I've always thought it looked fine. There are also in the house two 27" SDTV flat screens that are newer and it does look a bit better on them, but still not as good as cable did.
 
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doyoucompute

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Also, is there a way to hook up my xbox without having to constantly unplug the audio cables or buying an RF modulator (my TV only has one A/V input). I could use coax to hook up the receiver and have the A/V jack free, but I guess it would degrade the picture. Thanks.
 

Brewer4

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Mar 12, 2005
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Also, is there a way to hook up my xbox without having to constantly unplug the audio cables or buying an RF modulator (my TV only has one A/V input). I could use coax to hook up the receiver and have the A/V jack free, but I guess it would degrade the picture. Thanks.

Get a switch. You can buy them at Home Depot, Radio Shack, Best Buy, etc. Relatively cheap and a lot easier then flipping cables. I got 2 4 x1 jobs that I use with analog audio and video.
 

Jimbo

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Jul 14, 2005
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Do you have a HD TV yet ?
Once you get one you will want to change your connections to either "Component or HDMI" to take advantage of the improved picture quality.
BTW, your model number will be on the inside of the door (access card) side.

Jimbo
 
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