Originally Posted by panfan7
I have had my 85 inch 900f for about a month. I let Best Buy calibrate it and I’m generally pleased with the tv. My biggest complaint though centers around watching NFL games. Motion handling is good. Our geek squad guy recommendee cinema home mode for best handling of motion. I think the tv does well with motion but I think my bigger issues are source driven. I have direct tv and my local and Sunday ticket cbs feeds really struggle when watching nfl. Would use of an OTA antenna improve my experience for sports on my cbs, nbc, fox affiliates ? I’ve considered a Clearstream 4 max outside. We live about 15 miles south of CLE. Alternatively, does spectrum do any better than direct tv? The clarity is just not what it should be . I love watching movies on this tv but if being honest, the clarity is a decent bit better for satellite/ cable on my 58 inch plasma.
Is there a way to make movies appear on the entire screen rather than formatted to not see the bottom top and bottom 6 inches filled by black bars? Not sure if it’s the 900f , Apple 4K tv, or just uncontrollable?
How far away are you from the TV? I’m 10.5-11ft from my 75” and I’ve watched a ton of Directv on it and it looks as good if not better than my 50” Panasonic Plasma and my old 65” Vizio LCD from 2015.
I’m using a genie2 from directv and have the video output set to native to allow the TV to do the upscaling. The only complaint I have with directv is the motion on some movies on certain channels. I find that some channels needs custom smoothing at 2-3 with cinemotion on high.
Our primary use is Directv and gaming with some streaming 4K content mixed in on the weekends. I used the Sunday Ticket app on the set from my PS4 Pro during the season and it looked fantastic. I find the CBS and NBC feeds to look the best. When I have to watch my team on my directv service itself it looks just as good. It’s possible that your local channels just have terrible feeds. I’d suggest setting your video output to native first then tinkering with the settings on the TV. In my signature I have what I use for directv both during the day and at night. I use the same settings for sports or TV shows. I’ve also posted them in the 900F settings thread. It’s certainly possible you’re just too close and are seeing all of the lower quality signals blown up in your face. Failing that local OTA feeds are probably certainly better.
The only complaint I’ve got with the set is when watching HDR content and bright objects near the edges light up the letterbox bars. I find it hard to believe that not all 900Fs exhibit this issue to roughly the same degree so I just kept my panel as it’s solid otherwise. It’s mostly covered up with my bias lighting. A fair compromise for its price range in my opinion. I can deal with it. If it gets worse I’ll use my SquareTrade warranty in a few years to get something better out of it.
I’ll be watching more streamed content soon since my ISP went ahead and bumped us up from 175mbps to 350mbps for free and upped our data to 900gb. They even let you add unlimited data for $40/month. If I had another way to get locals I’d dump directv but I’m in a fairly rural area that is 50 miles away from half of them so I have to wait until a streaming service carries them. Until then I’ll keep calling to cancel every April and keep service when they offer me nice discounts as I have been doing for the past 3 years.
As far as black bars go, you can either zoom on the TV or set the directv box to change it’s format but honestly I’d just leave it be unless you don’t mind it altering the ratio and stretching things out.
Hopefully you are able to clean up your signal. Let us know how it goes.