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will DirecTV ever improve the picture quality on the SD channels?
Posted 13 September 2006 - 09:28 PM
2 x DirectTivo's
Posted 13 September 2006 - 10:02 PM
So if you are watching a channel that is on a transponder that has a number of other channels all carrying high activity programming (such as sports), you will see more symptoms of compression than if every channel had talking heads.
Posted 13 September 2006 - 10:05 PM
Yes, but there is a certain range each individual channel falls into.
The amount of channel compression is dynamic, constantly changing based on what is actually being shown on each of the channels that are being multiplexed onto that transponder.
Posted 13 September 2006 - 11:33 PM
As your screen gets larger, your SD picture will get worse. SD is SD. Although SD digital is better than SD analog.
I had a 36 inch before my 51 inch and the sd pq on the 36 inch was much better. What I have noticed since I got the 51 inch is the difference in pq from channel to channel. For example my pq on the NFL Network is really bad, same with A & E. ESPN, SciFi and Discovery are pretty good. So does this mean that D compresses some channels more than others or is it just diffs in the source feed?
Series 2.5 DTivos 6.1a x 2
HR10-250s 6.3b: x 2
Posted 14 September 2006 - 07:59 AM
The other consideration in this is the monthly cost for the STB with digital cable. My local cable costs about twice what D* costs for each STB. So if you are only looking at one, or possibly two, tv locations, it isn't that big an issue. If you are looking at multiple, the cost adds up.
Right now, I've got 3 DVR's and 1 standard receiver. Cable would be $20 a month higher than D* just for the number of STB's - and they wouldn't all be DVRs either.
When I switched (back) to D*, my local cable was not all digital. They have since implemented all digital with analog simulcast (so you can still get analog without an STB if you want).
My cables SD STB with DVR is $6. I think it's like $4 for a non-dvr box. So it's comparable to Directv.
However, like a said, the analog cable looks about as good as D* on a 27 inch TV. So I only have a digital box in the living room. In any other rooms it's just analog on a 27 inch or smaller (Free, no STB needed). Honestly, I could live without any of the channels in the digital package. All I miss having in other rooms is the HBOs.