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We just changed from the Dish Network and combined our cell, internet, phone and cable TV with ATT. Uverse. The installation was finished and I asked why the installer had used the RGB connectors and not the HDMI. He indicated that there are artifacting problems with the HDMI interface and they don't reccommend it. He said it was a software problem. I insisted that he install both connections.

Yes there artifacting opportunities with the HDMI. Switching between the two. The HD signal is very poor on both. There is no comparison with the Dish Network. It sucks.

The user interface is acceptable. The channel selection is comparable. The regular TV signal is comparable to the DISH.

All of this was observed on a Sony 52 inch LCD TV. We switched because DISH raised our rate after we had signed a 2 year contract with them bundled with the rest of our ATT services. That was just not right.
 

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My buddy noticed the same issue with his (going from Comcast). However, he requested AT&T come out to diagnose the issue. Seems they needed to replace some parts across the street that caused lowered bandwidth to be sent to this house (I can't recall what they did, but I will check with him on it).
 

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My buddy noticed the same issue with his (going from Comcast). However, he requested AT&T come out to diagnose the issue. Seems they needed to replace some parts across the street that caused lowered bandwidth to be sent to this house (I can't recall what they did, but I will check with him on it).

That would be a great help. Thanks. There is hope.

We were extremely angry when DISH raised our rates after we signed a 2 year contract with them. We switched from Comcast to DISH. The picture on DISH beat Comcast. I would be settled if the ATT came up to Comcast quality.

We just moved into a new home and I'm just getting the Audio dialed in. The room configuration is miles ahead of where it was. It is distrurbing to say the least that the HD on this installation blows canal water.
 

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Yes cable is poor quality They have to amp the signal till it gets to your house. All that does is add noise to the signal. Directv and Dish have short runs to you TV. even with SD, cable is worse.
 

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Steve,

If you can receive it, OTA is the only way to go for local HD. Any other means is, at best, equal to (rare) or worse (most likely) than the original broadcast.

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The two Uverse connections I saw here was quite impressive and killed Charter's HD signal quality and the satellites companys'.

Sorry man, that sucks to have junky TV quality.
 

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Yes cable is poor quality They have to amp the signal till it gets to your house. All that does is add noise to the signal.
Uh... It's all digital, so the distance it traveled has no bearing on anything. Besides, signals from space travel just a bit further than your local phone company.
 

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Uh... It's all digital, so the distance it traveled has no bearing on anything. Besides, signals from space travel just a bit further than your local phone company.
Yes the installer indicated a software opportunity in thier system. We all know there is a tuna in opportunity. When they do get it down the line there may be a routing problem and applification opportunity. There is that word again.

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Uh... It's all digital, so the distance it traveled has no bearing on anything. Besides, signals from space travel just a bit further than your local phone company.
You telling me that digital cable makes a difference? No, noise is still there. I don't mean to correct you but your wrong. The digital cable still comes on the same copper wire that brought the previous analog signals. It just takes up more bandwidth. It's still using the same amplifiers as before. Take time to watch digital cable and FIOS/Satellite side by side and you will see how noisy digital cable is. Your cable company downloads it from satellites also.
 

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You telling me that digital cable makes a difference? No, noise is still there. I don't mean to correct you but your wrong. The digital cable still comes on the same copper wire that brought the previous analog signals. It just takes up more bandwidth. It's still using the same amplifiers as before. Take time to watch digital cable and FIOS/Satellite side by side and you will see how noisy digital cable is. Your cable company downloads it from satellites also.
I'm with you. As a communications admin for a 300 branch T1 system, I can verify that distance, bandwidth, and latency are all huge factors when it comes to sending media down a pipe. If it doesn't get there in time, in order and intact, you will see serious consequences: moreso than an analog feed being disrupted by interference.

ATT is busy as hell burying new cable inside St. Louis and the installations typically look great. ATT's cust service is hell, but that's another matter.

If ATT is piggybacking in your area, that might be why you're seeing performance loss.
 

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I'll find out about all of that on Tuesday when the installer makes a return visit. Piggybacking? That may be the problem. I think they are sending so much down the line, Internet, phone and interactive sd and HD signals for TV. I'll use the P word on Tuesday.
 

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I have Dish HD and helped my brother with his ATT Uverse and sony 46 in setup.

Yup, Dish looks better..way better.

Blu ray beats all though! :toilet:
 

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I'll find out about all of that on Tuesday when the installer makes a return visit. Piggybacking? That may be the problem. I think they are sending so much down the line, Internet, phone and interactive sd and HD signals for TV. I'll use the P word on Tuesday.
just to clarify: piggybacking meaning they're using someone else for at least a piece of the trip, whether it be that last mile, or at some part of the backbone.
 

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U-verse uses AT&T's internal Lightspeed IP network. It is not run over the public internet, so I don't think piggybacking has anything to do with it.
 

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With cable, you also have to deal with low and high signal strength not to mention noise from their amplifiers.

If you can go with OTA for your locals(and be sure that you do it right) and satellite for everything else...you'll have a more robust system.
 

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Ok here's the report on the ATT repair visit.

ATT repair stated that I am the last one on the wire. When I asked them to clarify they could not really give me a technical answer that I could understand or recite. They commented that I should have checked the signal strength before I bought the house. That was rude. They went out to the box down the street and worked thier voodoo. They came back into the house and messed with the boxes in the house, called for a down load and we waited. We reset the "setting" "Aspect ratio" and behold a 50% improvement. Major improvement.

The HDMI input is still not as good as the RGB input. The HDMI on video still artifacts like a shattered DOT window. The white and black levels are way down. I like to watch the Sony LCD on Normal mode not Vivid mode. It's just too dark to watch via HDMI. Vivid the colors are too fake. Over modulated.

The signal is nowhere as good as the Dish Network was in my old home. It is on par with Comcast. It still has a considerable amount of noise in the picture. Grain like high speed film. If the HDMI were a clean signal it would be improved. I think the noise has to do with the amplification, boost and/or cosmic defribulation they added as well as the conversion to RGB from digital. However the signal boost helped alot.

My conclusion is simple. When the contract runs low not out on the ATT Television part of our bundle, I'm going back to the DISH. These guys worked for two hours to make it right. They were very good at what they do. On the customer service aspect of the transaction I have to say that ATT went the distance. The cable strength and bit rate fell short.
 
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