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Sky picture quality

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scottie2002

Guest
Now I have had the 42PV500 for a week now and overall I am chuffed to bits with it......none of the problems some of the contributers to this forum have experienced such as buzzing or image retention. However I would greatly welcome some advice or thoughts on Sky picture quality. It appears to me that the picture I get when watching channel 5 is vastly superior to some other channels. I seem to recall reading somewhere that some channels have a stronger signal than others. Is this correct? I have the Sky + box connected to the TV with a Monster Scart cable and I have the settings in the Sky receiver set to RGB. Also I have the dvd player connected via component.
Thanks in advance.........
 

Piers

Established Member
The Sky channels are of varying quality - it is not a matter of signal strength, it is all about bandwidth - channel 5 seem to have spent rather more than certain other channels to offer decent bit-rates (to make up for their patchy terrestrial coverage??).

Connections / settings sound good, and glad that your PV500 seems to be a good one.
 

leedebs

Prominent Member
scottie2002 said:
Now I have had the 42PV500 for a week now and overall I am chuffed to bits with it......none of the problems some of the contributers to this forum have experienced such as buzzing or image retention. However I would greatly welcome some advice or thoughts on Sky picture quality. It appears to me that the picture I get when watching channel 5 is vastly superior to some other channels. I seem to recall reading somewhere that some channels have a stronger signal than others. Is this correct? I have the Sky + box connected to the TV with a Monster Scart cable and I have the settings in the Sky receiver set to RGB. Also I have the dvd player connected via component.
Thanks in advance.........
I notice that Channel 5 has a better picture as well, although all the main channels, Sky Movies & sports seem very good tbh. Now not that I watch it but I recall someone on these forums suggesting that Home & Away was filmed in HD & is worth checking out to see what the picture "could" look like!
Well I checked it out & even on my humble pw7 the picture looks 3d, I mean really gobsmacking! :smashin: still a :nono: program though :rolleyes:
 

Piers

Established Member
Agreed mate. Home and Away looks stunning here on a PHD8 - only viewed for quality control reasons :D

Sports seem to have variable bit-rates. The same channel can look good one day then appalling the next. Equally some look consistantly terrible.

Hi-def with decent bit-rates sorts all the football PQ problems here - roll on mainstream hi def next year.
 

HeweyBoy101

Established Member
I find all 5 main channels (BBC1 + 2, ITV1, CH4 + 5) are even better on Freeview than Sky. Higher bandwith and sharper picture with less artifacts. For everything else Sky is better (News channels etc.). Was switching back and forth on Coronation Street last night - freeview was demonstrably better, and consistently so. mine is a Sony external freeview receiver on a 37 Philips Plasma.
 
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scottie2002

Guest
Interesting that some are finding that freeview is better than Sky.....I think I might have to get a connection sorted out so that I can compare them. I confess that the wife watches Home and Away and it is quite a stunning picture......shame about the content!!
 

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