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My first -- and last -- impression of 1080P on DirecTV

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by MRinDenver, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. Jan 3, 2011 #1 of 104

    MRinDenver Legend

    Feb 3, 2003
    Over the weekend, I tired of football for a while and decided to take advantage of DirecTv's anniversary offer. I downloaded a 1080P pay-for-view movie.

    We chose "The American". Loved the movie, was disappointed with the PQ.

    My lesson? Stick with Blu-ray.

    Anyone have a a better experience?
  2. Jan 3, 2011 #2 of 104

    sigma1914 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    I've watched a few (3-4) 1080p movies & think the PQ is very good, but not as good as BR.
  3. Jan 3, 2011 #3 of 104

    MysteryMan DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

    May 17, 2010
    In my experience no service provider can match the picture and sound quality of BluRay.
  4. Jan 3, 2011 #4 of 104

    alv Godfather

    Aug 13, 2002
    No service provider will give you 30-50 Mbs!
  5. Jan 3, 2011 #5 of 104

    seern DIRECTV A-Team

    Jan 12, 2007
    Glen Allen, VA
    I finally broke down and tried a 1080p movie yesterday, the extended cut of ATeam. Picture quality was OK, but I was disappointed that the audio did not trigger my surround decoder for PCM. It was in in 2 channel stereo. I too, will stick to blu ray for movies, especially since I pay about 2.50 a disc with my Netflix vs the 5.99 that movie cost me. Before anyone tries the "You have to wait" argument, I do not mind the 30 day delay.
  6. Jan 3, 2011 #6 of 104

    BattleZone Hall Of Fame

    Nov 13, 2007

    No service can match, or even come close, to the bandwidth that a locally-attached Blu-Ray player has. VoD downloads have an average bitrate of about 8 Mb/s, with peaks as high as 12 MB/s or so, plus, they were encoded using multi-pass encoding over hours or even days, to allow the very best quality to be squeezed out and still have a relatively low bitrate. But a Blu-Ray can sustain 40 Mb/s, with peaks of 50 Mb/s! That's an average of FIVE TIMES the bitrate of a VoD file, and even more than a "live" linear channel, which has a further disadvantage of being compressed in real time, which means the compression isn't as optimized. It's like drinking out of a firehose instead of a garden hose.

    Expecting anything else to compare well against Blu-Ray is, well, kind of silly. Not only does Blu-Ray have tons of bitrate, it can also do UNCOMPRESSED 7.1 channel audio too! It really is a home theater buff's dream format. But if that is your quality "standard", you won't be happy with a movie delivered any other way.
  7. Jan 3, 2011 #7 of 104

    Hutchinshouse Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2006
    It looks as if DIRECTV updated their 1080P verbiage too.

    I just checked, it now states: "the same stunning format as blu-ray".

    For the longest time it stated: " the same stunning quality as blu-ray"

    At least they're trying to be more honest. :p

    But, I do agree with you all. DIRECTV does not come close to the A/V quality of a good blu-ray.
  8. Jan 3, 2011 #8 of 104

    PCampbell Icon

    Nov 18, 2006
    I watched The American this weekend, I did not download but selected the one in the guide with a check, It looked very good and better than any on demand I have seen from cable but not as good as blue ray.
  9. Jan 3, 2011 #9 of 104

    Steve DIRECTV A-Team

    Aug 22, 2006
    And based on limited testing here, from a normal viewing distance of 8'-10', it looks pretty much the same as the excellent MPEG-4 1080i DirecTV usually delivers to my 65" display. So why charge more for it?

    I wonder if any 1080p "surcharge" comes from DirecTV or the studios? :scratchin
  10. Jan 3, 2011 #10 of 104

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    Also, doesn't it go down to 1080i if the set is 1080p/60 and doesn't support /24?
  11. Jan 3, 2011 #11 of 104

    Hutchinshouse Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2006
    Yeah, it is silly to charge more. I guess they charge more because they can. To me it just doesn't make sense to pay more, have a 24 hour limitation, and lose A/V quality. Netflix is the hands-down smart choice.
  12. Jan 3, 2011 #12 of 104

    Hutchinshouse Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2006
  13. Jan 3, 2011 #13 of 104

    trainman Hall Of Fame

    Jan 9, 2008
    Watched "Inception" in 1080p last week. No complaints about the picture quality. I thought it looked comparable to a Blu-ray disc.
  14. Jan 3, 2011 #14 of 104

    fluffybear Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jun 19, 2004
    Really all depends on how much time one can devote to watching movies.

    I don't have the time to dedicate to watching movies nor do I know when or how many I am going to watch. Most months, Mrs. Fluffybear and I are lucky to even watch 1 movie. There are a number of times, Mrs. Fluffybear and I plan to watch a PPV and 60 minutes later we still have not ordered it because we get involved with something else.
  15. Jan 3, 2011 #15 of 104

    garn9173 Icon

    Apr 4, 2005
    I got a BluRay player for Christmas, i've never been a big movie fan, but after watching BluRay's on a 15 inch HDTV over the weekend, with a bigger HDTV that's hooked up to surround sound or a good stereo, I can certainly become a movie fan ;)
  16. Jan 3, 2011 #16 of 104

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    It also depends on the person. Not everyone can easily tell the difference. Some are more tuned to the audio. I haven't watched Inception on Demand, but the Blu sounds incredible.
  17. Jan 3, 2011 #17 of 104

    Richierich Hall Of Fame

    Jan 10, 2008
    I watched a VUDO HDX Movie last week and was Very Pleased as my wife was also and the Audio and PQ was Outstanding so I will try it again after I get back from CES in Vegas to see it the next movie is as Good!!!
  18. Jan 3, 2011 #18 of 104
    P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    W.Mdtrn Sea
    WHY ?!!

    VOD does overnight DL and you play it with the 50 Mbps peaks all day !
  19. Jan 3, 2011 #19 of 104

    ffemtreed Icon

    Jan 30, 2008
    Could DTV come close to blueray quality video if they combined all the transponder space that use to start the same movie on a million channels at different times.

    say we get about 10 mbs per transponder, can we combine say 6 transponders at get 60 mbs ??

    They gots lots of free space on D12!! They just need some video engineers to split that over a couple transponders and we should be good to go!
  20. Jan 3, 2011 #20 of 104
    P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    W.Mdtrn Sea
    Why ? Just if they will make overnight copies from native BR disks to your DVR's drive... You will get full blown PQ ans sound !

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