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Picture quality: D* Vs. Cable
Posted 03 July 2002 - 03:36 PM
I am currently a cable subscriber, but my D* system will be delivered early next week.
I purchased a 55" 16:9 HDTV about 10 days ago, and now realize how BAD cable TV picture quality (PQ) is. I have a OTA antenna in the attic to pick up the local HD stations, and they are awesome! But... the PQ of regular cable channels is far, far inferior to the SD broadcast of the HD stations.
My question is... does D* have superior PQ compared to cable? I have read some related threads on this board where some people feel that WB digital cable is as good or better than D*. I am in a Cox cable area, and don't know if my signal quality is similar to or worse than WB cable. I know that D* signals are all digital which *should* provide superior quality, but I have read some messages about the signal compression that concern me.
I know that the quality of the D* receiver and my equipment makes a difference. I am getting a Sony T-60 DIRECTV/TIVO receiver with a multi-sat dish. I will be connecting the receiver to the digital optical input of my surround sound system, and connecting the receiver via s-video to the HDTV set. (I plan to purchase a HD receiver when D* offers more HD channels.)
I had ordered the D* system before discovering this awesome message board. Reading some of the messages is making me wonder if my PQ will be better than I currently experience with cable.
Your thoughts are appreciated.
Posted 04 July 2002 - 01:13 AM
Posted 04 July 2002 - 05:38 AM
Posted 04 July 2002 - 07:08 AM
My DirecTivo hardware will be arriving early next week, so I'll be able to do my own comparison.
Posted 04 July 2002 - 01:33 PM
Welcome to DBSTalk!
Is your system being professionally installed, or are you doing the DIY thing? In either case, we are here to help if you need us!
neil dot derryberry at gmail dot com
Posted 06 July 2002 - 10:11 AM
Plus there is no recording device available for use with cable and over the air broadcasts that can compare with Directivo and UTV. I could purchase a stand alone Tivo or a Replay TV unit. But both are rather expensive. Neither has a duel tuner or the ability to improve the poor cable PQ.
Posted 07 July 2002 - 03:07 PM
Neil... I am doing a self-install. I am an automotive tech and a computer junkie (built 4 PC's so far). I *think* I am capable of installing a DirecTivo system.
Snopple, thanks for the PQ info. I agree that PQ is subjective, and I'm sure that cable PQ in some areas is much better than others. (I think it's pretty bad in my area)
I should be receiving my DirecTivo system on Monday, and will report here regarding my thoughts on D* Vs Cable PQ.
Posted 07 July 2002 - 05:05 PM
I don't think I've ever seen a really big screen owner happy with PQ from any DBS service.
Posted 09 July 2002 - 11:14 PM
Thanks again for everyone's input.
Posted 10 July 2002 - 09:13 AM
Posted 10 July 2002 - 06:24 PM