Digital Cable Picture Quality: Pixel Focus?

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by RickMac, Aug 2, 2003.

  1. RickMac

    RickMac Auditioning

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    Hi all,
    I'm new to this forum so, first off, hello everyone.

    Just "upgraded" to digital cable so that I could watch soccer and the BBC. While I wasn't necessarily expecting "high res", I certainly didn't expect an out of focus, pixelated picture, especially on fast-moving sports. It's most noticeable on the soccer field. When the camera's panning across, the field's blurry. When it stops, I can see the pixels re-grouping and it comes into focus. Like the focus is lagging behind the action.

    Is this normal? Is everyone just putting up with it, or can I correct it with a better cable or something?

    Overall, I'd say that my picture quality has gone down after getting the digital, even on analog stations (though I don't notice the pixel-focus thing on analog).

    Your help and/or empathy is most appreciated.
    Thanks,
    RickMac
     
  2. Bob McElfresh

    Bob McElfresh Producer

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    You do occasionally see pixelation/blocks with digital, but not as bad as you describe. No, the cable is not the issue. I suspect your digital-cable box has some problems. Call your CATV company to report the problem and get another box.
     
  3. Mark Hedges

    Mark Hedges Second Unit

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    I notice this too and I think it has to do with the degree of compression a channel gets. Some digital channels are compressed much more than others, and the really compressed channels start to look very bad during scenes where there is a lot of movement on the screen.

    Mark
     

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