Originally Posted by tgm1024
Greg, if you tell the DTV box to simply send to your TV whatever it was sent from the mother ship (I think you can do that, no?) does your TV mostly report things as 1080i coming in? 720p? How often do you get 1080p (native signal) and/or 2160p?
I can tell the D* box to pass through unchanged whatever resolution it receives from the satellites, but I don't do that. This Samsung TV, like the other Samsung TVs I've had and my last Panasonic plasma can't handle channel surfing. Every time they have to change modes away from 1080i or back to it, they have to think about it for a long time. My D* box (HR24-500) does this smoothly, so I have it set to always put out 1080i (or 1080p) to the TV, so that the D* box does all resolution conversions.
D* is not sending any live 4k signals yet, and when it does, perhaps soon, I won't be able to get them with the D* box I have. It doesn't have the capability. D* has other boxes which will do 4k VOD, and perhaps one that will handle live 4k channels (but there aren't any yet).
D* doesn't send down 1080p on any of it's "live" channels, though I think it could if it chose. It does have some VOD in 1080p available for extra dough, but I have no interest, and I have never bought a 1080p movie from them.
You would guess from the controls available on the D* box that it could convert a 1080i satellite signal to 1080p, since you can specify what resolutions it may deliver to the TV. A few days ago, out of curiosity, I disabled all output resolutions other than 1080p, then asked the TV what it was receiving. It still said it was getting 1080i, so apparently conversion by the box from 1080i to 1080p doesn't work.
All my 4k source watching so far has been from the USB disk drive sold by Samsung or the USB Vidity drive sold by Western Digital.