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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Lord Vader, Sep 17, 2007.
One thing is for sure, NBC is the worst
I think CBS and ESPN have the best picture quality of the ones listed, and in that order -- at least in my experience in 1080i. Then again I get my NBC HD via OTA (thanks, LIN) and the others from satellite so it's not a fair comparison.
I agree that NBC and ESPN have a way to go with HD on D*. CBS should receive a major deduction as it only broadcasts "most" games in HD. All Fox, NBC and ESPN games are at least attempts at HD. Unfortunately the team I follow has been on the bottom the past few seasons. I get the bad announcers and the bad picture.
Exactly - and been a pretty consistent ranking since each network began their HD NFL broadcasts with ABC MNF a small step ahead of ESPN for roughly the first year.
Of course, CBS varies depending on the bandwidth allocated by the local affiliate. Charlotte's affiliate prior to this year and an SD and weather subchannel and the PQ was horrendous. But CBS NFL with sufficient bandwidth is clearly the best. (also have the best score bug)
On big games on CBS I switch from D10 to OTA. Noticeable improvement in picture quality.
CBS's 1080i picture is clearly the best.
NBC is downright terrible compared to CBS/Fox/ESPN
I went with CBS as the best.
What bothers me is that Fox can be very good or very average.
I've noticed the same thing. This is in fact why ESPN decided to go with 720p vs. 1080i... the progressive worked better with fast motion and quickly changing contrast.
When the field is still, CBS (1080i) is simply the clearest. But when things get moving, Fox (720p) just holds the picture better.
That's the story anyway. The real reason is that 720p requires far less bandwidth and leaves the affiliates more room for subchannels.
I am surprised that many people voted for NBC.
Are we in some ways comparing apples to oranges? the original question was directed more toward NFL ST which, I assume is about the same for everyone, as would be ESPN, but our locals provide NBC, so won't there be some difference.
I get NBC over the air, so it is very comparable to Fox and CBS, but the sound is much better. ESPN has the best camera angles to me, so they utilize the HD format much better than I think CBS and Fox do. I would rate Fox over CBS, but not by as much this year.
My biggest complaint with MNF since they moved to ESPN is that their announcers act and talk like they are very removed from the game, and also they don't pick up the crowd noise as well because of this. It has become very sterile (Tony Kornheiser won't stop telling any story regardless of what is happening in the game, and their play by play man seems afraid to interject with actual game relevant information and calls).
Anyway, so I voted for ESPN, but I would rate them ESPN, NBC, FOX and then CBS. Also, CBS loses points because locally they broadcast the Raiders in stunning 4:3 SD. I don't care about the Raiders, but it is a pretty big slap to the Raider Nation.
CBS by a wide margin.
I'd say CBS with ESPN not far behind...
I'm sure this is more of a FOX problem, but I'm watching the 49ers at Steelers game and the sound is NOT Dolby Digital. I've got an Onkyo 805 receiver that "says" DD5.1, but the sound is nothing like what DD5.1 is supposed to be. In fact, when I tune to a CBS HD game channel, the DD is way better.
If this Steelers game is Dolby Digital I'm a monkey's uncle!
In my area, Portsmouth,Va, I am getting CBS, 1081i, via OTA. PQ is better than Fox
I've got a Samsung 720P 40' LCD, and Fox is the best, followed by ESPN and then CBS. NBC is terrible once there is any movement at all. I also have a 1080i display, and NBC still looks bad on that as well. What's bad about this is that NBC actually has some really good games, and they're ruined by the terrible HD.
FOX had good video today, but the audio wasn't the Dolby Digital 5.1 I"m used to, that's for sure!
I totally agree.
NBC(NOT BROADCASTING CORRECTLY) is Horrible The pats game last week was so bad i switched to the SD feed.:hurah:
NBC looks great thusfar tonight.
My vote goes to CBS