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Upscaling thru tv or player

I just purchased a Samsung j6200 50" 1080 tv (not 4K) I am watching DVDs and blu Ray on it with a Sony BDP S6500 blu Ray player. Blu Rays look good but older film and tv (24p) on blu ray and DVD looks funky. Watching Twin peaks (early 90s tv) on blu Ray, pinstripe suits and faces blur and trail Together and look blurry. Friends tv show on DVD looks really bad- grainy, fuzzy, colors look over saturated almost like a cartoon rendition. Even The Force Awakens on blu Ray, close ups faces look a bit blurry and soft around the edges.

My questions, the Sony player
Is supposed to be great at upscaling older content. Do I need to configure it to certain settings in order to get this content to look better? Or is this a product of 1080 hdtv, the j6200 in particular? I've tried changing settings in the tv- automotion on, off, custom settings, mpeg noise filter, digital clean
View size, etc. on the player I've tried the screen settings there too- out resolution, screen size, aspect ratio, etc.
It all
Looks the same to me. Would a 4K tv make older content look any better? Or is it just a case of the technology industry forcing me to upgrade my 100s of DVDs to higher quality. Does putting 24p content (twin peaks for example) on blu ray look any better? It's still 24p at the end of the day.
What is the best solution for still watching old content DVDs, blu Rays of older 24p format?

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This is partically a case of unrealistic expectations

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The bottom line is, BD players don't magically turn old DVDs into precise Blu Ray looking content on the displays. Otherwise, there would be no market for increased resolution versions of our favorite shows Wink I have had to re-purchase many of my standby discs on BD.

That said, you need to start looking at the precise source material, since often there are issues with conversions of (what used to be) 24p content, reworked for broadcast markets/issued on DVD. Also, look at a site like to see if anything there in the review section jives with what you are experiencing. Also, read through the long model specific threads @ AVS. Those can be really helpful. Link to search for threads:

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Simply no.

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I have found that the old content is only magnified so all the old warts and defects that were hidden by old TVs now show up. At times this is actually interesting as what looked like a cave scene is now revealed to be a pretty bad paint job.

Aspect ratio alone for old content is something that can cause some to burst into flames.

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Re: best solution

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The best solution to watch old content seems to be to use old devices.
If you ever tried to listen to a 78 rpm record on a 33/45 rpm gramophone you'll get the idea.

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