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gregburbidge
Oct 14, 2010, 08:15 AM
My new apply tv looks like I'm watching a vcr tape I recorded in the 80's. I can watch a file on my old apple tv and everything looks fine. But when I watch the same file on my new atv it looks terrible. Even the screen saver photos look a lot grainier, and the sides of the images on the screen saver are nowhere close to sharp. It just looks terrible all around. The menu screen looks grainy too. Exact same cable as the old atv. Nothing else has changed.

Has anyone else had this problem or know what to do? I called apple and they had no idea. They suggested a new cable. But the cable works fine with the other atv.



andrew8404
Oct 16, 2010, 01:39 AM
No, yours must be broken or you must be on crack.

hyndman
Oct 16, 2010, 02:03 AM
No, yours must be broken or you must be on crack.

Oh that is funny. Yes no issue like that here. Everything loooks perfect. I would contact Apple and let them advise.

NateEssex
Oct 16, 2010, 10:37 PM
Could it be a slow Internet connection, thereby giving a poorer video quality?

CWallace
Oct 16, 2010, 11:42 PM
Have you checked your output settings on the :apple:tv to make sure they're correct for the tv (720p, 1080i, 1080p)?

Also, are you connecting the new and old :apple:tv to the same input on your TV? If not, there may be settings differences for each input. Try the old :apple:tv on the same input with the same cable as the new :apple:tv and see if it looks as "bad".

LouieSamman
Oct 16, 2010, 11:44 PM
Quality on my Apple TV is great! Much better quality than VCR.

I have fast internet so it works perfectly at a high quality.

Determine the cause from your wifi internet or talk to an employee at an Apple Retail Store.

bigpatky
Oct 16, 2010, 11:47 PM
i wouldn't even know what vcr quality looks like. ;)

jamesarm97
Oct 17, 2010, 12:06 AM
I can't even spell V C R. Mine is great. HD looking video for most stuff. The podcast I have been watching are great quality also.

chrono1081
Oct 17, 2010, 02:37 AM
Mine looks great too.

Shoesy
Oct 17, 2010, 05:17 AM
Could it be a slow Internet connection, thereby giving a poorer video quality?

Internet data transfer rates would only effect Netflix picture quality.

NateEssex
Oct 17, 2010, 08:01 AM
Internet data transfer rates would only effect Netflix picture quality.

So the ATV2 buffers to provide HQ video? That is great! I wish Netflix would do that...

Damian.
Oct 17, 2010, 07:48 PM
Have you checked your output settings on the :apple:tv to make sure they're correct for the tv (720p, 1080i, 1080p)?

Also, are you connecting the new and old :apple:tv to the same input on your TV? If not, there may be settings differences for each input. Try the old :apple:tv on the same input with the same cable as the new :apple:tv and see if it looks as "bad".

CWallace was the only one who gave a useful answer.
Check your resolution. It may be on 480/576/p/i.
It has nothing to do with the internet connection since his menu and screensaver are showing the same quality.

Hastings101
Oct 18, 2010, 12:22 AM
i wouldn't even know what vcr quality looks like. ;)

How is that possible:eek:

Applepi
Oct 18, 2010, 11:01 AM
No issues here, everything looks great so far.

mchalebk
Oct 18, 2010, 12:50 PM
I thought I read that you can't select the output resolution on the new AppleTV (like you could with the old). Apparently, it communicates via HDMI with the display device and sets the resolution accordingly.

Hrududu
Oct 18, 2010, 12:57 PM
How is that possible:eek:
He had a LaserDisc player.

NateEssex
Oct 18, 2010, 01:04 PM
He had a LaserDisc player.

My rich friend had one of those... Now, a classic.

spatlese44
Oct 18, 2010, 02:03 PM
CWallace was the only one who gave a useful answer.
Check your resolution. It may be on 480/576/p/i.
It has nothing to do with the internet connection since his menu and screensaver are showing the same quality.

Sound advice. I also thought that your TV might be smart enough to discern different devices connected and reset picture defaults for the new device. Unlikely that this would have as dramatic an effect as you describe.

And BTW, digital video signals don't "break". At worst, they freeze occasionally or stop working altogether.

bigpatky
Oct 18, 2010, 03:01 PM
How is that possible:eek:

ok, my comment was tic, but it's coming up on 10 years since i've personally used a vhs tape. i barely remember what the video quality looked like to compare what is available now to it.

mstrze
Oct 19, 2010, 10:08 AM
Yes, this has nothing to do with connection speeds if you are having the issue on the menus and screen saver pictures.

Cable doesn't sound like the issue either, since the digital output should give you a pure version of what the graphics card is spitting out. Especially since the cable worked fine for your previous ATV.

My guess is there is something internal that is wrong if your menus and pictures are 'grainy' and VCR-esque. What you are describing sounds a bit like video noise? Maybe a subdued form of it?

gregburbidge
Feb 17, 2011, 11:11 AM
I forgot to follow up on this. Sorry! I took it to my neighbors and it looked awesome. I never could find a way to change the settings on the ATV2. So with both my ATV1 that looked great and the ATV2 that looked terrible I did the only logical thing I could think of -- I bought a new tv.

The Sony Store had a sale on their display model LEDLCD tv's. $600 for a "46 tv. I believe that included the extended warranty. The ATV2 looks much better on my far larger tv. And when I bought the tv I entered a draw for a sony google tv - and WON! Granted it was a 26" tv, but I sold it on ebay and almost covered the entire cost of the 46" tv I bought.

Steve Jobs must have been smiling down at me.

CylonGlitch
Feb 17, 2011, 12:23 PM
The Sony Store had a sale on their display model LEDLCD tv's. $600 for a $46 tv.

Wait, you spent $600 for a $46 TV? I have an old tube TV that I was going to throw away, but I'll sell to you for $300!
:D

gregburbidge
Feb 17, 2011, 12:37 PM
If you're tube tv has an hdmi input I will totally take it. and maybe pay you $56 instead of $46.