What we recommend for the mCable is the same thing any expert recommends today for a high end HD or UHD TV: always provide content in native resolution and frame rate as input to your TV.
mCable is a companion to your TV, like an add-on, and the same recommendation applies to the mCable +TV system.
When feeding native resolution to mCable, you allow it to first enhance the content in its native resolution, and then do all of the upscaling.
When feeding mCable native frame rate, you allow mCable to also upscale 24Hz HD movies all the way to 4K resolution on UHD TVs, getting Technicolor’s “4K Image Certified” experience.
DVD player configuration
To get the most out of your mCable, you must configure your DVD player to output 480p60 (or 576p50 in Europe).
Why: mCable has a better upscaler than your player, and it also boasts a processing engine that repairs DVD content in its native resolution. You will see great improvements on content with jagged edges (such as DVD subtitles).
Blu-Ray player configuration
When playing a DVD on a Blu-ray player, follow the same recommendations as in “DVD player configuration” above.
When playing a Blu-ray disc, you must configure your player to output native 24Hz frame rate.
Most players will have a setting for automatically sending 24Hz output when applicable. This is what you want for mCable.
Why: a 120Hz or 240Hz TV can do a very good job of converting 24Hz to its native refresh rate, but a Blu-ray player will do a very poor job of converting 24Hz to 60Hz (using 3:2 pull-down which creates judder on motion).
Set-top box (broadcast) configuration
Some HD channels are broadcasted in 720p, others in 1080i.
If your set-top box allows it, your best option is to configure it to output native resolution (1080i output for 1080i channels, 720p output for 720p channels).
Why: 1080i channels will be passed as-is through mCable, your TV usually has a good de-interlacer. 720p channels will be greatly improved by mCable.
Otherwise, if your set-top box forces you to choose one output, i.e. 720p or 1080i, then the choice is yours based on your personal preferences. If you chose 1080i then mCable will not provide any enhancements nor upscaling to video coming out of your set-top box. If your choose 720p, then all channels that are natively 720p will benefit from mCable’s enhancement and upscaling.
For 480i channels, Marseille recommends that the source de-interlaces the video and outputs 480p.
Roku box configuration
Usually you configure the output resolution of your Roku Box to match the native resolution of your TV:
- 720p for a 720p TV
- 1080p for a 1080p TV
- 2160p for a 4K TV (Roku 4 only)
If you are only watching 720p channels (e.g. Hulu), or you know that your Netflix and Amazon channels never have enough internet bandwidth at your home to go to 1080p, then you should try configuring the box to output 720p even if you have a 1080p or 4K TV. This way you will get a better image with mCable.
Same as Roku
Same as Roku
TiVo Roamio configuration
Configure your TiVo box to output native resolution (1080i output for 1080i channels, 720p output for 720p channels, 1080p for 1080p channels…). The only exception is 480i: configure the TiVo box to convert it to 480p.