I know this is a bit off topic here, but I haven't found anywhere where this is discussed (even AVS forums).
I recently assembled a HTPC (home theater PC) for running movies, slide shows, and streaming video from netflix. It is attached to a 47" Samsung LCD television that has adequate quality (if not stellar compared to a computer LCD). I've had two problems getting things to look right--one has been resolved the other not resolved.
First, photographs are very crunchy when displayed on a television display. I fixed this by turning the sharpness down to 20 (on a scale of 100) in the Samsung menus appearing on the television.
Second, and this is the real head-scratcher, I am finding that Blu-Rays don't respect the display profile and color calibration of the operating system. I have causally calibrated the display to enable me to show slide shows of photos and to retain acceptable levels of fidelity to my computer display. It works pretty well. BUT, Blu-Ray video looks terrible. The blacks are muddy and washed out. The highlights are also muddy and gray. I hacked a workable (albeit temporary) solution with some very crude modification of the television controls like contrast and backlight, but this means I need two different television configurations, one for the PC apps and one for Blu-Rays played on the PC. All I can conclude is that the Blu-Ray digital rights management software doesn't allow the image to be processed by the operating system and forces itself to play-out directly to the video interface, bypassing the color calibration.The results are bad.
I was originally using Corel WinDVD software. I tried Cyberlink PowerDVD and it is a little bit better, but not really very good. I am amazed at the difference between software applications on a format (Blu-Ray) that is supposed to be a high fidelity "digital" (whatever that means anymore) media.
(Before anyone asks, Windows 7, nVidia Video card, HDMI interface, Intel i3, and my keyboard is from Logitech haha)
Does anyone have any suggestions about what I might try to get this all aligned?