Ignite TV - first impressions and a few observations

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Re: Ignite TV - first impressions and a few observations


@toolcubed wrote:
Does anyone know what the “Zoom” option does under “Video Display” settings in the Xi6 menu? Seems like toggling it between “Full” and “None” doesn’t do anything at all…

This setting only affects SD channels with a 4:3 aspect radio.  When set to "None", you will see a square picture with sidebars on a widescreen TV.  When set to "Zoom", the picture will get stretched horizontally to fill the screen.



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Ahhh ok. So only SD channels and not SD content on HD channels, correct? Because all SD content on HD channels (e.g. Star Trek Voyager on CTV Sci-if) show the black bars on the sides regardless if Zoom is set to Full or None.
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Ahhh ok. So only SD channels and not SD content on HD channels, correct?

Yes, that's correct.  The Ignite set-top box can only Zoom (stretch) a channel that broadcasts with a 4:3 aspect ratio.... and the channel needs to be encoded in a very specific way to allow that to happen.

 

Because all SD content on HD channels (e.g. Star Trek Voyager on CTV Sci-if) show the black bars on the sides regardless if Zoom is set to Full or None.

Yes, because while source content may be 4:3, the channel itself is widescreen HD.



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Ok cool. Makes sense. Than you!
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Re: Ignite TV - first impressions and a few observations

There’s another positive observation and significant improvement over digital, which I noticed after the first couple of days of using Ignite but forgot to mention in this thread…and it’s related to picture quality. When watching recordings on Ignite, picture quality is equally as good as when watching live tv or on demand content. On digital cable, picture quality of recordings was not very good and significantly worse than Ignite. There was a lot of compression and artifacts on all of my recordings on my NB3. I think it was because of the media shrink feature on those PVRs. Thankfully it’s not like that with cloud PVR on Ignite 🙂
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Re: Ignite TV - first impressions and a few observations

Hello community!

A few days ago, I received a new firmware update on my XB6-T. My Xi6-T tv boxes also received a firmware update about a week ago. Ever since the XB6 update, I noticed that there’s no longer a delay or “ramp up” period to full picture quality when changing channels. Now, as soon as I change a channel, it’s full quality immediately. I even tested the frame rate by tuning into CP24 and CNN with scrolling horizontal text at the bottom of the screen - prior to the latest firmware update, it would take a couple of seconds (after tuning into the channel) before that scrolling text appeared completely smooth, and before overall quality appeared to be 1080p. Now (after the firmware update), it’s perfectly smooth and full 1080p right away (as soon as tuning in). It also doesn’t take any longer to change channels as it did prior to the firmware update…it’s still about 1 second.

Anyone else notice this improvement recently?
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Anyone else notice this improvement recently?

Yes, I noticed this as well!

 

It's funny... usually, I try not to fixate on that old little glitch but did when I noticed channel changes taking a fraction of a second longer than they used to, but then saw that they were now streaming immediately at a normal bitrate.  The slower channel change issue (thankfully) went away and I think that channel changes on Ignite are now actually slightly faster than they were before.



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Nice! Rogers - keep the enhancements coming! 🙂