Yep. I can definitely state, at least for me, that the problem was rectified by moving to DIRECTV. Done and Done. I knew I had the settings correct on the LG B6 television. It came down to the following. As you increase the quality of the television and it's cababilities and couple that with a larger screen size (I went from 50" to 65"), you basically amplify existing negative picture quality issues that may not necessarily be obvious on a smaller television with less pixels. Yes, i'm sure there are other variables, like bandwith in certain geographic areas, etc. Need to make sure I appease the supergeeks in my attempt at an answer/explanation. You can read about bandwith restriction issues, MGPEG-2 vs. MPEG-4, etc. etc, macroblocking, etc.....ad naseum, ad naseum here and elsewhere until your head explodes. To me, whatever issues my local Comcast provider had, the switch to DIRECTV fixed it all. Is the pic quality absolutely perfect? No. It's not Ultra HD blu-ray. It is what it is and that's way better than it was before.
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Yes. Resolution is definitely relative to picture quality. I didn’t intend to imply otherwise. I was just trying to state that regardless of the incoming stream (in this case, Comcast’s 720p), if the same resolution is set in both test scenarios (the Samsung Plasma and the LG OLED) via the Comcast output resolution setting, and the picture quality differs, we can logically deduce that the output setting is not necessarily the issue in THIS particular case, not that the output setting is not important in the grand scheme of things. My technical knowledge is not super advanced in this arena, which is why I wondered at the end of my original post whether or not this has to do with upscaling, t.v. size, etc. other than the output setting, which was tested on my end.
Yes, one can argue that I don’t have the Television’s (LG B6) settings exactly correct, thus deducing the picture quality degradation issue to my incorrect picture setting choices on the television itself. However, I have spent much time with the picture calibration settings/options (utilizing Rtings.com) and other settings articles. No luck. I don’t think that is the issue. Who knows...
I actually did find/read some of those articles.
The first two links…well…. I didn’t see the applicability to my situation in either one…..at least in the first 3 or 4 pages of reading each thread.
The third link I read in depth. However, it just devolved into arguments, discussions of amps, signal loss, different quality in different geographic areas, different boxes, etc. without ever settling on a general consensus as to what is the true issue.
I have legit, quality, high speed HDMI Cables. I have the most current X1 Box. My settings are either correct and/or have tried various settings options, as far as I can calculate….for both my TV and the X1 box. I have an amplifier installed in my house (whether it’s the PPC Evo 5, I have no clue. I’ll have to look).
The last two articles also point to signal/picture quality issues but that’s it….they just talk about the issue.
If you were simply just trying to tell me in your original post that my concerns are discussed in numerous posts on the forum, then you sir are definitely correct. No doubt about that.
However, I didnt' come to the forum simply to vent or complain or read about complaints. I can have a lovely coversation with Comcast on the phone if I want to do that ;) I'm just trying to figure out where the issue lies first and foremost, before I disparage Comcast and give them grief when the issue may lie elsewhere. I’m hoping to find a thread/post somewhere in the forum that actually points to a resolution of the issue, other than just ranting or hopping to DirecTv or Dish for a better signal….Yep. I’m pretty sure that last comment might spark another discussion. Ha.
The search continues….
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Thanks for the response. Although informative, I don't think the information is relative to the specific issue at hand. Regarless, of the feed resolution (1080i vs. 720p or whatever) - i've tried all the output resolutions - the issue pertains to the compartivie clarity/sharpness issues between my former and current televisions. Essentially, both televisions are/were receiving the same feed. I've troubleshot as much as I can.
The other poster, RickGR4, might know what the issue is. Hopefully he will eventually respond to the issue at hand, as I have not had any luck with my less capable forum searching skills.
General note: If someone posts a question asking for help, it's not that helpful to tell someone that the answer exists somewhere in space on the forum, but not provide any actual, valuable information. One might think that another needs to exhaust hours upon hours of reading to find the exact issue and corresponding answer, but I disagree. It's just as easy to post a legitimate response. I do it all the time in other forums where I have the answer someone needs, as opposed to posting a snarky response, just because I can.
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Well....if you could be so kind as to post the link and/or links, or better yet, provide a quick response/explanation, i'd appreciate it. As stated, I did a number of quick searches with no relatable result.
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I attemted to find a recent topic/discussion regarding this issue to no avail. My calls to Comcast/Xfinity have had the same result.
I recently transitioned from a 2008 50" Samsung 1080p Plasma Television (PN50A650) to a 2016 65" LG OLED UHD Television (LG B6).
I find that the resoution on many typical, common broadcasts (i.e., CBS, NBC, various cable channels) appear to be degraded, as it relates to sharpness/picture quality, on my new television, in contrast to my older plasma television. It really depends on the individual broadcast on various channels as some appear better/clearer/sharper than others. However, I never experienced this issue with my 50" 1080p Plasma. All the broadcasts (which are mostly in 1080i) appeared rather sharp with the Plasma.
Just to be clear, the clarity/sharpness is not awful. I just find it, in my opinion and the opinion of others who have experienced both TV's, to be degrated and not as sharp.
I just wanted to mention the following as I know they will probably come up in discussion:
1) The device settings (video resolution-output) with the X1 box are correct.
2) My HDMI cables are current HDMI 2.0 high speed cables and the connections are correct.
3) I've thoroughly reviewed the settings on the LG television as they relate to picture quality.
4) The picture quality on the LG is tack sharp/absolutely superb when viewing streaming content, to include UHD and UHD/HDR content, so I know there is not a resolution issue with the television.
I'm just curious whether others have had a similar experience and whether or not they have recommedations/suggestions. Could it have to do with the television attempting to upscale the content somehow? The size of the screen? However, I somehow doubt that these should effect the quality or presentation of the broadcast.
I appreciate any and all thoughts and opinions on the matter. It's greatly appreciated.
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