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    So a friend of mine has a 1080P HDTV. Over-the-air transmissions look fantastic on it. Cox Cable HD channels look terrible. There are lots of artifacts (possibly the DVR) and the signal resolution seems much lower. I’d like to have more than local HD programming, but I really don’t care for the way Cox’s singal looks.

    Do I have any other options? How does DirecTV’s signal quality compare to Cox?


    I would definitely call Cox if you are having problems. Your HD should look fantastic. Possibly a line problem or you may be right maybe your DVR needs to be replaced.
    As a comparison to DirecTV (obviously I am biased), I could tell you my biased opinion but best you look at an independent study.


    The Cox signal will never looks as good as OTA, but it should be decent. Maybe a bad DVR box ??


    I had a bad Scientific Atlanta 8240HD last week. It had a bad tuner. You’d watch one show and record another. The other was pixellated and blocky with dropped audio. It’s DEFINITELY possible to get a bad DVR.

    After replacing, it looks rock solid on my Mits 65" HDTV. I can tell you that side-by-side, Cox HD looks 90% as good as OTA. Most people can’t even tell the difference. DirecTV is similar with more compression on certain channels (older satellite transponder signals). All of the HD from DirecTV is pretty much uncompressed, especially on the new satellites.

    I have a question. Is it hooked up with component (3 colored wires red green blue) or HDMI? If not, you need one of those connections to get HD. If so, then replace your cable tuner. If that isn’t it, replace the cabling from the box outside to the tuner. Occam’s Razor. The simplest solution tends to be the correct one.


    Don’t laugh but I’ve seen MANY Cox HD installations where the cable box is hooked into the RF input of the TV. If you have to tune to channel 3, you are hooked up wrong.


    No doubt in my mind, Tech!!

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