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Are the 70+ HD channels really just SD?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by jason williams, Nov 7, 2007.

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    jason williams

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    I have noticed recently that HD on HBO lately does not even qualify for good SD. There is less pixelation but the quality has dropped greatly...This is also the case for many other HD channels...Is this 70+ channels of HD just a lot of hype or are we really just getting SD? Is signal compression taking over to decrease pixelation and to get more channels?
     
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    stiffi

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    no
     
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    Doug Brott

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    I can't vouch for HBO because I don't have it, but the other HD channels are just as good as they've always been, IMO.
     
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    Milominderbinder2

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    No.

    MGM, Discovery, History, etc. are still just stunning.

    HBO is awful as always. Even TNT is often better now.

    - Craig
     
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    say-what

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    I haven't noticed any differences when watching HD programs.
     
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    HBO didn't look stellar on DISH Net HD either! But I think it looks a LOT better on DirecTV HD. Still not the best thing on the system though.

    The majority of the DirecTV HD channels look FAR better than they did on DISH HD.
     
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    msmith198025

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    Nope:)
     
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    Matt9876

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    Don't have HBO but must agree with others that the mpeg4 HD is some of the best I've ever viewed over sat.

    Just went on two calls recently where the customer was complaining about the quality of the HD.

    One unit was locked onto 480i only and the other was running his $5000 Sony HD off the red,white,yellow jacks. :lol:

    Matt
     
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    badmonkey

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    I think the new HD channels look phenomenal! For those that have an OTA counterpart, the two are nearly indistinguishable.

    HBO looks like it always has... poor at best. But, in general, I think the new channels look great.
     
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    ouch. I wonder how many others are out there like that wondering what all the fuss over HD is about..... :lol:
     
  11. KurtV

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    Nice try, "Jason". I'm not biting.
     
  12. Mike728

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    My brother in-law watched HD in 480p for years. It wasn't until I was there that I noticed it wasn't HD. After arguing with him about it, I looked up his cable box manual on the internet. I discovered that nothing higher than 480p was passed through the component output. We got him a DVI cable and he couldn't believe he lived like that for so long.
     
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    yeah that actually happens alot. Several people i know thought they had HD just because they had an HD set.
     
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    It is important to point out that HBO East HD is still MPEG2, where HBO West HD is MPEG4. There is a significant difference in quality between the two channels.
     
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    Ah ya beat me to it. Aren't the NFL-ST channels still in MPEG2 as well? They could be shuffling bandwidth for those extra channels; I've noticed that HDNet and Universal look as bad as HBO. :eek:
     
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    Maybe the Russian HD you were waiting on isn't as good...

    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?p=1158353

    Luckily, somehow I was able to get the D10 signal and it looks good. Apparently somebody up there loves me.
     
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  19. Greg Alsobrook

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    LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :lol:
     
  20. stewa348

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    HD Theatre yes. HistoryHD? With no disrespect, can you give me a couple of examples of stunning on this channel? Maybe I am just missing them. An example of my idea of stunning would be Corpse Bride on HD dvd or Blu Ray. Thanks.
     
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