I hate to say it, but I fear that D*'s picture quality seems to be declining. Example - last night, I was watching the Duke/UCLA game on ESPN. Thought the picture looked a bit washed out, so I flipped on my alternate source, and the PQ on the same TV with the same video settings was a LOT better. Everything from color to detail was noticeably better. My wife actually asked what I did to improve the picture.
Do you think that the launch and activation of the new D14 satellite will help PQ by increasing available bandwidth? If not, I'm seriously thinking for the first time of jumping ship over PQ.
It's a real shame, because when I started with D* in 1996, the PQ was significantly better than anything else I could get my hands on. Then, when the new birds were first lit up, channels like HDNET were like watching a BluRay - amazingly great picture quality.
But today's D* has decreased its picture quality.
In a world where a low-bitrate MP3 played through cheap earbuds passes for high quality, I know I'm probably in the minority here. But I rue the loss of what brought me to DirecTV in the first place - great picture quality.
For details, I was watching on a Panny 65VT25 plasma that was ISF-calibrated earlier this year.
Edited by wilbur_the_goose, 20 December 2013 - 08:05 AM.