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Picture not as good as i expected

I live in thailand so communication is a problem. i recently installed sattelite to my old style 28 inch jvc tv and the pictures were good and inspired me to update to a 42 inch lcd expecting the pictures to be very good. the pictures from the dvd player are great but the pictures from the sattelite are much poorer. the movies etc are better than the sport which is disapointing as this is what i watch most. the picture improves if i set the picture size to 4.3. we tried a more powerfull lead from the box to the tv but this made no difference.

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  • stuartthomps Mar 04, 2009

    the receiver was not changed. the cables are standard red white and yellow. the picture quality varies from different channels all the sporting channels are the same. a close up shot is quite good but when paning back to a long shot the players lose there sharpness.

  • stuartthomps Mar 04, 2009

    we do not receive hd in thailand

  • stuartthomps Mar 04, 2009

    can the sattelite signal be boosted


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First, did the satellite company install an HD receiver? Second, are you using either component or HDMI cables from receiver to TV?  Still there are two factors that would produce your problem.  1. Color calibration 2. Signal strength
Proper color calibration is what makes SD actually GOOD on HDTVs. Low signal strength will create  a slow data situation. Slow data will not provide enough information per second for the TV to display a complete, error free picture so your TV has to interpolate or "guess" what colors should go in the pixels that it didn't get the data for.    

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  • Jeffrey Johnston
    Jeffrey Johnston Mar 04, 2009

    You are using the wrong cables! Use component cables (red, blue, green, plus white and red for sound) or HDMI. You are currently not watching HD.

  • Jeffrey Johnston
    Jeffrey Johnston Mar 04, 2009

    It is still calibration and signal strength.


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