I'm impressed with Spectrum's HD picture quality. I would say it's close to DIRECTV. As others have stated, it tends to vary from area to area. I will say Spectrum, formerly Charter, has really made some improvements over the last few years. I remember having it 5+ years ago and it was terrible, it was so compressed. So, whatever they've done, it has worked and it is quite noticeable. My service is very reliable, don't have to worry about rain or snow here in Michigan. My only complaint is their DVR is ancient, mine is anyway. I'm sure that will be getting upgraded at some point. Spectrum has really made some advancements, I gotta give them credit. I couldn't stick with their TV 5+ years ago.