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We will lose signal a lot here in the Spring. The storms that shoot through here are insane. I live in Kansas you know Not sure how well you keep up with meteorology but this area of the country is among the worst for heavy storms. Saying it won't go out in the rain here in KS is like people who say Plasma burn in is no longer a problem... lol
I OWNED Directv in Chicago, it died in heavy snow and heavy storms *all* the time. And I had it set at 90%+ signal on all transponders mounted to a brick building! Happened every spring and winter.
Have you owned both DirecTV and U-verse?
FIOS is just plain Docsis 3.0 cable delivered on fiber instead of coax. Sure it's nice, but it's really nothing high-tech. They mux the same signal that would run over coax to run through fiber. If it was IPTV and used a modern codec it'd be a bit more exciting IMO. Plus I can't get it, so not much point in discussing it
I won't disagree DirecTV is probably my best choice for *video quality*. The cable systems (including FIOS) are so antiquated and slow. Multi-room dvr on them is a hack, as well the HD line-ups are lacking. DirecTV's on-demand and multi-room DVR is also pretty lacking. But I know they just updated their hardware...
So I need to look into it a bit more. I know I'd enjoy the video quality.
Uverse cannot compete with either Fios or DirecTV. The only service that offers better PQ than DirecTV...is Verizon Fios. Uverse is at the bottom of the barrel for most of the country.
I can appreciate the fact that you are passionate about your beliefs..my only problem is sometimes you generalize a lot..and I think that rubs people the wrong way(not me).....but getting back to U-Verse...I see you working your arse off on your display with your hands tied behind your back..the limitations/problems caused by U-Verse are harder to overcome than the ones on your display..I would think that D-Nice's information sums up the problems associated with U-Verse..
As far as your weather compared to mine...the rain I get here is much worse that what you get...but of course you get frequent high winds and tornados...but my Dish is less vunerable to these signal dropouts than in the past...I had my dish re-aligned about a year ago and it is much better at keeping the signal..the installers now have better equipment to spot up the satelite...I have also learned that the few times I lose my HD signal I can merely shift to the standard broadcast version of the same channel and the standard signal is still there...this helps a lot because usually the signal loss is only a few minutes..so I don't lose the program..
We get very strong cells that move through, that can dump 4" in 1-2 hours. As well as snow DirecTV signal strength can't be generalized, where you live dictates how well your signal will be weather wise. Everyone I know that has DTV in Chicago and here in KC has rain/snow fade. It's not a deal breaker, but it sucks. When you want to watch TV the most you risk not being able too
Ya, I might be being stubborn. I had DTV for about 10 years. But it was before they switched to H.264 (mpeg4). I'm really curious how their on-demand works if you don't have an internet connection. I assume it downloads it slowly in the background.
I think we've successfully derailed this thread not that it ever had a destination. It's been going in circles for awhile now.
Well you have disagreed with me on things and I haven't caved in is the difference What's interpreted as generalizing is me doing a poor job of writing out my thoughts. Problem with internet stuff is no matter HOW you write it *someone* will misinterpret it eventually. Or just not read it entirely. People are lazy, they read the parts they want and ignore the rest... lol I can only imagine how many times D-nice has had to answer questions about the slides...
Like now people are making generalizations about U-verse. The HD quality really isn't that terrible today. It's just DTV is *much* better do to it's better bit-rate. What they leave off? U-verse has more HD movie channels than DTV, it has a real multi-room DVR that wasn't an after thought. Non-DVR boxes also act like DVR's. You can pause live TV on any STB. The only thing they need to do to make U-verse awesome is up the up-bitrates... But that won't be happening. It's a quantity over quality service.
I'm just not attached to brand names and or any hardware. I like what's made well and works. I call things as I see them. Since I happen to work for a R&D company and I happen to be in Q&A it's easy for me to spot things...
Thanks for the thoughts... I'm working on converting the fiancee over to the idea of DTV /w TW internet. She was happy when we got rid of DTV last time and switched to Timewarner... Luckily a lot has changed since then.
Already out in the back yard dialing in where the birds are with my compass, and a nifty android app I found We have some 60 foot tree's behind us, looks like we're OK though.
Last edited by SiGGy; 06-24-2012 at 05:13 PM.
Thanks for the info.
See this is my problem. I'M DONE being a beta tester for companies then left stuck with a partially working device since they're off working on the next one already. This reminds me of the clunky STB's timewarner had. Heck, ALL of the cable systems have crap boxes and antiquated software to boot.
U-verse has a nice interface, and the multi-room DVR is well thought out. It's so well done all of the STB boxes act just like the DVR does. The only quirk with non-dvr boxes is you have to wait 5-10 seconds after changing channels to be able to pause live TV.
But feature wise, and channel line up U-verse has both of them beat. Comcast's on-demand is mighty impressive; their library is nuts. It's the one thing U-verse can't compete with.
I look forward to the day where someone delivers a IPTV based fiber or coax service to the house. Verizon's FIOS (cable over fiber) is neat, but it's still DOCSIS cable service. Hopefully someone puts together a high quality IPTV system one of these days...
Google is running fiber around KC, but no TV service.
Last edited by SiGGy; 06-24-2012 at 05:10 PM.
lol, so fiancee watched a video of that 5 tuner receiver (HR34) with HD guide. She's sold. I'm going to schedule an install soon.
Well, Direct TV has been installed (on Saturday), 1 HD DVR, 3 HD and 2 Standard boxes (big family) with the GT50 taking the HD DVR. The install took much longer than anticipated but the installer did a decent job; he arrived at 11am ish and left around 5pm. I have only watched a few hours, flipping through sports (soccer, baseball, basketball), movies and news and so far I have noticed a better picture on my GT50. My one gripe was watching the NBA Finals on the set, with TWC the picture looked like a blown up SD version. I had a chance to catch a playback of the game on NBA TV HD and some issues are still there like blurry backgrounds with close ups and snowy darks but it's not as intense as it was on TWC. The GT50 definitely produces a soft picture and is noticeable to me much more now with DTV but I'd rather have the soft decent looking picture than a pixelated, grainy snowy mess that was TWC.
I do see improvement in some areas and I'm pretty satisfied with the picture and DTV service. I will now enjoy my GT50, woot! NFL Sunday Ticket was included in my package.
Yup, DTV box is set to Native output.
Check out this pic I took of my Xbox 360 white background and logo start up. I've notice this similar problem when watching HD television with certain transition and when watching movies. I tried to explain it in another forum or thread but with my 360, I was able to capture a screen easily.
Can anyone explain what's going on with the picture? Is it normal?
Using Katz settings but have also noticed this with "Game" setting.
Picture mode: Custom
Color temp: Warm 2
Color mgmt: Off [grayed out]
Video NR: Off
-- Pro settings submenu
Color space: Normal
W/B high R: +8
W/B high G: +2
W/B high B: +1
W/B low R: +2
W/B low G: -3
W/B low B: +2
Black extension: 0
Gamma adjustment: 2.6
Panel brightness: Mid
Contour emphasis: Off
-- Aspect adjustments submenu
Screen format: Full
HD size: Size 2
H size: [grayed out]
Zoom adjustments: [grayed out]
-- HDMI settings: [no change from default]
--Advanced picture submenu
3D Y/C filter: Off [grayed out]
Color matrix: HD [grayed out]
Block NR: Off
Mosquito NR: Off
Motion smoother: Off
Black level: Light
3:2 pulldown: On
24p Direct in: 60Hz
Posterization, or banding. Could be the TV (limited color gradations), or it could be baked into the signal. Usually can be minimized with proper calibration, but you may still see it from time to time, especially (and obviously) if it's in the signal itself.
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