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PQ - Your local cable HD vs. Directv


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#1 ONLINE   sigma1914

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 05:48 AM

In regards to just HD, does anyone here have a better and/or equal to picture quality from their local cable provider? Here in DFW, TWC isn't as crisp as Directv.
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#2 OFFLINE   CCarncross

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 06:24 AM

As far as cable goes, most will probably say cable is not as good, some will probably chime in and say FIOS is better, if that can be considered local cable.

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 08:14 AM

As far as cable goes, most will probably say cable is not as good, some will probably chime in and say FIOS is better, if that can be considered local cable.


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Posted 15 June 2009 - 08:49 AM

As far as cable goes, most will probably say cable is not as good, some will probably chime in and say FIOS is better, if that can be considered local cable.


I would say Cable is better, they get the locals from a fiber feed(at least comcast does here) while D* gets them OTA and then re-compress them, D* and E* Locals look "soft" compared to cables version, cable almost rivals OTA.

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 09:25 AM

Charter and Comcast are horrible around here. DirecTV (and Dish) hands down are better.

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 09:28 AM

My son used to have TWC and on his 46" set I could always see macroblocking on scenes with a lot of movement.

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 01:01 PM

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 01:28 PM

I would say Cable is better, they get the locals from a fiber feed(at least comcast does here) while D* gets them OTA and then re-compress them, D* and E* Locals look "soft" compared to cables version, cable almost rivals OTA.


Not true in all areas. We have 3 cable systems in our metro area and only 1 takes any stations by fiber, and at that it is only 1 station. Around here all stations are demodulated by cable and satellite equally.

That said our local SD stations look like poo on D* compared to OTA, which is probably a product of recompressing the demodulated signal. The HD ones look pretty good and sharp!




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