Help with HD picture on new TV?

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  1. M3MEPLEASE

    M3MEPLEASE Active Member

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    I just purchased a 55" Samsung LED TV. I have Mediacom and have been having problems with the HD picture. On certain channels it looks perfectly clear and fantastic, like any HD show on NBC, CNN, HBO, etc. etc. These come through as 1080i.

    But ESPN and a lot of other "HD" channels look awful, football games are very fuzzy/blurry. I've watched some ABC/ESPN HD repeat football games on the BTN, same result. It seems to be most noticeable when the camera is zoomed out from the players on the field of play, but when they zoom close up on a player the picture becomes pretty clear again. Any channels that don't look very good are reading 720. It's still HD, but I find it hard to believe this is the best quality HD ESPN has to offer.

    Now I can't watch any sports on NBC right now, but I assume this fall when Notre Dame/NFL comes on the games will be very good quality. Much better than ESPN. I owned a small 32" 720p TV and I didn't notice the difference of quality between channels on that TV like I do on this 55 inch.

    My questions for you wise ones....

    1. Does anyone else notice this difference of HD quality on a bigger 1080p TV? Whether you have Mediacom or DirecTV/Dish...is this due to NBC having better cameras or a better broadcast? I assume not. I bought the TV online, but I took a look at it in American before I watched it. I'm pretty sure they have Directv or dish wired to all their televisions. They had the Orange Bowl on dvr which was very good quality.

    2. So I assume this a Mediacom issue? I know dish has better HD and I plan on switching come December.

    I just want to make sure its not an issue with the TV, because if it is, its going back since I purchased this mainly to watch sports.

    Kind of interested in FiOS TV by Verizon, but I don't think its available in the DSM area yet. Supposedly it has fantastic HD quality.
     
  2. kingcy

    kingcy Well-Known Member

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    Have you updated your coax? If not that maybe the issues. The new stuff makes a big difference in signal quality. If you do have to replace it get the good stuff, dont go cheap on it.
     
  3. M3MEPLEASE

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    #3 M3MEPLEASE, Jul 24, 2010
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    I have a pretty old one I think. But I don't understand how some channels would still come in with really good quality if the cord was the problem.
     
  4. kingcy

    kingcy Well-Known Member

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    Not just the cord all the coax from the outside box to your TV. I would sure start there if it is old. People have issues with coax that is 15 years old. I was having problems with over the air channels coming in on my TV I replaced the coax from the ant to the TV and I get Des Moines and some Omaha statiions clear as can be now. A guy I know lives in a house that isnt even 10 years old and was having problems getting 1080i on some channels, with Direct. Changed the coax and it made his picture so much better.
     
  5. M3MEPLEASE

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    I live in a really old apartment building so you might be on to something. I move in Dec, so I plan on switching to dish when that happens.
     
  6. bstegs

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    This doesn't make sense. With digital, either the signal is strong enough to display or it isn't. It isn't like analog where you could make the snow/static/fuzzies disappear.

    It could be that your tv isn't upscaling the 720p correctly, but samsung makes the best LCDs, so that is not likely the problem.
     
  7. simesclone

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    It's Mediacom
     
  8. nj829

    nj829 Well-Known Member

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    I have directv and have noticed in the past the big 10 replays can look terrible in HD. The actual live games were fine, but the replays showed a drop in quality. I haven't watched any lately, but it may not be your tv but the quality of the channel.

    If you have ESPNU in HD, they show a lot of replays as well, so that may give you an idea.
     
  9. dmclone

    dmclone Well-Known Member

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    Have you messed with the "native"setting on your TV or on the Mediacom box?
     
  10. jumbopackage

    jumbopackage Well-Known Member

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    Nobody broadcasts in 1080p at the moment, and it's unlikely they will anytime soon.

    For watching sports, 720p Plasmas are about the best thing on the market.

    My guess is you're seeing the limitations of Mediacom. There's no real way to find out for sure until you switch though.
     
  11. LZclone

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    Get Directv!

    Sorry I didn't help much, but in my opinion it is the best option out there.
     

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