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How do I set my Samsung HDTV to 1080p?

by ManicRaider / April 23, 2010 10:50 PM PDT

First off I'd like to apologize if this is a dumb question but my HD cable box does not have any type of buttons that will let me change resolution or anything like that. Also my HDTV keeps saying the source is in 720p when I know for sure that some of the channels I view are in 1080p. The model is LN46B550.

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How do I set my Samsung HDTV to 1080p?
by Samsung_HD_Tech Samsung staff / April 28, 2010 3:42 PM PDT

ManicRaider,

Everyone starts somewhere, so there are no dumb questions here. Happy

If the TV is a 1080p TV, then it has a 1080p panel. Meaning that regardless of the signal coming in, the picture is processed (and if necessary, upconverted) to 1080p resolution. So basically, whatever picture you put into the TV, it will show it at 1080p. The closer it is to 1080p, the better the picture quality will typically be.

What you're seeing with the INFO bar (where it lists resolution and Hz) is the resolution and Hz rating of the INCOMING signal. In most cases, broadcast HD signals are 720p and 1080i - not very many signals are actually broadcast in 1080p for bandwidth reasons. (It's very expensive for the broadcasters). So, as the 720p and 1080i signals are HD signals, but that's how they are coming in.

If you have a Blu-Ray player, or game console, or attached box, there are some cases where you can increase the resolution from the source, but that has to be done in the menu of the game console or the cable/sat box. When you have a game console or a Blu-Ray player, this is a good indication of what your source settings are.

Does that help?

If you have any further questions, please let me know.

--HDTech

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Samsung c8000 55"tv
by mgaudet1 / May 16, 2010 5:18 AM PDT

I asked this question on another forum, it must be too dumb to answer.

I just bought the above tv, does it convert signals from 1080i to 1080p? When you press the info button, you get 1920x1080 @60 hz. It doesn't say whether it's 1080P or I.
Thanks

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Samsung c8000 55"tv
by Samsung_HD_Tech Samsung staff / May 17, 2010 12:36 PM PDT
In reply to: Samsung c8000 55"tv

mgaudet1,

I think I answered this on a different forum. If not, let me know.

But all signals will upconvert to 1080p if you have a 1080p. The C8000 is a 1080p resolution televisions, so yes, it will upconvert to 1080p.

The INFO bar is showing you what the incoming signal is. In some cases, such as DVD players, Blu-Ray players and cable/sat boxes, you can increase the resolution at the source and get a better picture.

--HDTech

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1080p
by mgaudet1 / May 17, 2010 11:00 PM PDT
In reply to: Samsung c8000 55"tv

Thanks for answering that, now I understand that part. My last question on this subject is this: my receiver upconverts to 1080p also, so if it upconverts and the tv also does, is it hurting the picture quality by both trying to upconvert?
Thanks

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1080p
by Samsung_HD_Tech Samsung staff / May 18, 2010 11:03 AM PDT
In reply to: 1080p

mgaudet1,

Okay, so now we have to determine which upconversion processor is better. If the receiver has a really good processor, then it's better to let the receiver do the work. Some people have HQV-brand processing chips, which some say are the best on the market. Samsung makes their own upconversion chip, which is an excellent processor, and gets very respectable reviews as well.

So there's no "correct" answer, it's based on which picture looks best, and that would be determined by which unit is doing the upconversion. To do that, adjust the receiver's resolution and see if you like the picture better. If you lower the resolution output on the receiver to 1080i or 720p and like the picture better, then you like the TV's upconversion better. If you send the signal at 1080p, and that looks better, then you like the receiver's upconversion process better. Definitely go with what looks best.

The TV, if it's a 120Hz or 240Hz signal, will still take any of the incoming signals and make it a 120hz or 240Hz (respective to the TV specs), and the AutoMotion Plus processing will still process the picture if you have it set to do so. But the source signal and conversion process can play a significant part of how the picture turns out.

Let me know what you find.

If you have any other questions, feel free to post them. That's why we're here. Happy

--HDTech

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1080p problem
by graboid4 / June 21, 2011 10:31 PM PDT
In reply to: 1080p

im having problem too w/ samsung LN40 A650 series

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1080p problem
by Samsung_HD_Tech Samsung staff / June 22, 2011 6:58 AM PDT
In reply to: 1080p problem

graboid4,

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Not a dumb question
by Kannacker / December 6, 2015 5:32 PM PST

I have the same problem. My new Samsung is a 1080 My security camera's hook up perfectly. The new TV shows 1280X780 60 HZ it is a Samsung UN55J6300 1080. it will not process the signal. If I plug it back into my old Samsung it works perfectly. If I plug it into a VGA monitor it works perfectly. The Zmodo system only works on VGA or 1080. If I plug it into my LG in the family room it works perfectly so some how their must be a setting on the T V to set it to 1080. I called Zmodo and they said the TV must be set to 1080 to receive the signal or it will not work.I am getting ready to take the TV back and purchase an LG if I cannot get it to change manually to 1080 I will call SAMSUNG in the morning.

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