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Hughes Htl HD Receiver Format Question

06-13-2005, 01:01 AM
I just bought a Hughes Htl Hd receiver. I am curious about the Receiver settings, format settings. I am new to all of this technlogy, especially HD. I have read my manual about the different settings and I still really don't understand it. I know that 1080 is HD and 480 is Sd. What I am curious about are the different format settings. On the receiver I have so many different format settings it's a little confusing. There are 480, 480I, 720, 720 I, 1080, 1080 I, 1080 P, Native, variable 1,2,3....Ok, Why are there so many. I mean either you want to watch HD or not. Why would you want anything in between. It looks like native so far looks the best, what does that mean? What are variable 1,2 and 3? And what are the differences between 1080I,p and native. Any help would be greatly appreciated as it's a little important to have the best pic available.

Thanks in advance

06-13-2005, 08:59 AM
You are overcomplicating this. There are not at many formats as you describe, only 480I, 480P, 720P, and 1080I. I = interlaced, P = progressive scan. The number describes the number of horizontal scan lines. This is followed by an I or P to describe how the screen is refreshed. TV content frequently comes in all of these formats.

'Native', in this context, means "output in the format it is broadcast" or "pass thru mode". When your STB is setup this way, all format conversion occurs in the TV and none in the STB.

Variable 1,2,3 are configurations that handle HD & SD in different ways - HD output this way & SD output that way... these are tailored to the abilities of the common HDTVs. HD will be output in either 1080i or 720p depending on the 'native' (hardware) resolution produced by your set. SD will be output in either 480i or 480p depending on your set's ability to input 480i on it's Component or HDMI input, and your desire to be able to stretch & zoom 4:3 content.

Alternate to 'variable' is 'fixed'... where all formats are converted to one resolution (TV's native res) by the STB. In this case, SD is upconverted & pillarboxed to the HD output res... very easy to use for people with non-burnable displays.

Which of these setting is optimum for your TV depends on your TV's abilities... but you haven't said what make & model TV you have...

06-13-2005, 08:13 PM
Hi there and thank you for the explanation. It make much more sense now ! I have a 32" Ultra which is the same as a Protron. The LCD tv was manufactured March of 2005...
So, basically the settings that look the best are obviously the best one to be viewing ???? Thank you for your reply!

06-13-2005, 09:28 PM
You can set 'fixed' 720p, outputting all formats as the TV's native res.

06-13-2005, 11:17 PM
I don't really understand what you mean by that statement. I am pretty new to all of this stuff..

06-14-2005, 10:54 AM
Then you'll have to reread what I've written, I can't make it any clearer. You need to setup your Hughes STB to always output 720p. This will look the best and be easiest to use, since it is your TV's native res.