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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by CraigerCSM, May 20, 2011.
HD seems a little sharper to me or am wrong?
They did have a little mpeg4 encoding error that may has now been worked out. It caused the picture change from sharp to fuzzy
Edit: small iPhone typo...
What channel?? I still have sharp to fuzzy on HBO and A&E.
Interesting been watching Tour Of California on Versus HD and thought it looked super sharp.
Most games on MLB EI look very good daily here. Great HD PQ
After the last software update, I have noticed the improved picture quality, Sharper and colors look better. Something changed that is for sure my tv also seem little brighter.
Transponder loading hasn't changed, so it's not like they could have increased the bitrates.
No change at all.
That's true. HOWEVER, since the very beginning, DirecTV's (and Dish's) feeds have always been variable bitrate, with encoders that encode several channels into a single mux per transponder. From moment to moment, if the bandwidth needs of one or more of the other channels on that transponder falls, that bandwidth becomes available to the other channels on that transponder that might need it more.
Part of the "clear to fuzzy" issue may be, say, a channel in the mux that goes to black, because a commercial that was supposed to be inserted wasn't. A black screen for 30 seconds takes almost no bandwidth to encode, so for that 30 seconds, the other channels on that transponder have a good chunk of extra bandwidth. 30 seconds later, the "black" channel goes to normal programming, and suddenly the bandwidth on the other channels goes to normal. It is *possible* that this might be enough of a variation to notice, especially since it is an abrupt change rather than a continuous one.
I've noticed the better PQ, too. Don't know why, just happy to see it. Glad to see it wasn't my imagination....:lol:
The issue with sharp to fuzzy is it's like normal to bad, so I'm not sure battels theory applies to that problem. Its not going normal to great, it's normal to crap and back every second.
58" Samsung plasma thought someone messed with my tv settings sure looks better to me
I've seen no difference. Remember live outdoor sporting events, even on a tape delay, look better than in studio shows.
The audio on some HD channels seems lower especially when TBS shows HD movies.
i have noticed and improvement on both of my tvs since the last update as well.
I've also noticed an improvement especially on my local ABC channel. Previously the picture looked a little soft. Now it is a lot sharper and clearer than before.
I think (not completely sure) that DIRECTV has been making use of newer and better encoders. There is probably a mix of equipment right now, but as time moves forward, the good encoders are being replaced by better encoders.
Having just switched from Dish Network, I can tell you that to me there is a huge difference in HD quality on DirecTv. The HD is much sharper and clear. Less fuzzy and compressed looking.
Thanks for that post.
It's always nice to hear/read actual user reports comparing the two services.
:welcome_s to the DirecTV side of the house.