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ESPN HD's Picture quallity issues

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by kenkraly2004, Sep 14, 2010.

  1. Sep 22, 2010 #41 of 167
    Kansas Zephyr

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    Ugh...the local ABC's network PQ looks better than the CBS' network PQ with a sub-channel here in Wichita.

    Did you stop to think that ABC and Fox may have decided to provide a HD format that is more friendly (aka better PQ) when a local affiliate has sub-channels?
     
  2. Sep 23, 2010 #42 of 167
    Tom Servo

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    That can't be the case because a 720p transmission requires more bandwidth than a 1080i transmission.
     
  3. Sep 23, 2010 #43 of 167
    Tom Servo

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    Apparently the fat-headed mouse spent all that moolah on the Disney properties instead. Disney HD and Disney XD HD (Formerly Toon Disney HD) both look really, really good.

    Much to Maruuk's disgust, they are all 720p properties as well as far as I know. :)
     
  4. Sep 23, 2010 #44 of 167
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    Here's a good article for you to read:

    http://www.infocellar.com/television/interlace-progressive.htm
     
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    Cant believe a thread about how crappy ESPN's HD is has turned into a stale 10 year old debate about 720p vs 1080i. Anyone that has been around the block knows that 720p can be every bit as jaw dropping as 1080i. This crap has been rehashed so many times before. Leave it to the rooks to spread misinformation I guess.

    The fact that ESPN HD has the worst HD of any sports programming network has zero to do with 720p. It has to do with the fact that ESPN is taking over the world and whatever crap they dish out people will watch it, and they know it. ESPN is a joke of a network plain and simple. Blaming it on 720p is nothing but uneducated rookie nonsense.
     
  7. Sep 23, 2010 #47 of 167
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    Tell me if I'm wrong, but doesn't ESPN have a brand new studio in which they invested in state of the art technology. I could have swore I read an article somewhere (think it was Engadget), but it was quite a while ago. It mentioned that their new studio and equipment will allow them to go 1080p. Of course, 1080p broadcast is a ways off yet. Hopefully in the future when 1080p broadcast becomes a norm (hopefully it becomes a norm) then maybe ESPN will look a lot better. For whatever reason I noticed some of their stuff looks bad. It never used to be like that, but lately its been off a little. Don't know why, but this could just be me too.

    Edit: Here is the link for that article. They have the necessary equipment to do 1080p/60 fps for their L.A. studio.
    http://hd.engadget.com/2009/05/05/1080p-60-fps-production-confirmed-for-espns-new-l-a-studio/
     
  8. Sep 23, 2010 #48 of 167
    guffy1

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    Ive noticed their "HD" totally sucking for a good 8 years now, since the day I bought my very first HDTV.
     
  9. Sep 23, 2010 #49 of 167
    DJ Matt

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    Especially the college football games. The college football games look incredibly soft and grainy which is uncharacteristic for a live HD event. If you watch a college football game on ABC its even worse whether watching through DirecTV or even watching OTA.
     
  10. Sep 23, 2010 #50 of 167
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    1080p will never be an OTA format.

    You can't MPEG2 compress that into a current broadcast channel...without losing most of not all of the better PQ.
     
  12. Sep 24, 2010 #52 of 167
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    I'm glad I'm not the only one who noticed how crappy ESPN's HD is with football. I'm not sold on the 720p is not as great looking as the 1080i broadcasts, however. The reason is my regional FSN (Southwest) looks incredibly better than ESPN and it is also 720p. I say the problem is ESPN equipment or something they're doing with their video.
     
  13. Sep 25, 2010 #53 of 167
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    It's amazing the time some of us have. TV is better today than it was 10 years ago. Want a better picture? Go to the game yourself.
     
  14. Sep 25, 2010 #54 of 167
    Jason Whiddon

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    Your off base. Its not a debate on whether tv has improved, or whether to go or not, its a discussion on how ESPN is under par compared to other channels.

    Some of us cant "go to the game", way to be simple minded. I also prefer, with a large screen, surround sound, and cold beer in the fridge, to stay home.
     
  15. Sep 25, 2010 #55 of 167
    sooner02

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    I think it's fair to critique the quality of HD from service providers and broadcast networks. We pay for the tv and level of service, and if something looks like crap, we are entitled to point that out.
     
  16. Sep 25, 2010 #56 of 167
    Jason Whiddon

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    I agree. As much as I pay, I can complain. It's not like we expect them to be better, we just expect them to be equal to other sports channels.
     
  17. Sep 25, 2010 #57 of 167
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    Good example tonight, UK and Gator game looks like CRAP, but the Aub and Sc game looks pretty good.
     
  18. Sep 26, 2010 #58 of 167
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    Frankly, I don't think so. TV is much better than it was ten years ago, period. By the way, it is either "you are" or "you're" not "your." My TV and reception is fine, maybe it is the equipment some of you use, or the equipment used by the channels. One link in a long chain of links can cause a simple degraded signal.

    I am sure that we all pay whatever and feel that gives us the right to demand more. I am sure we can terminate our service if we want and that will show them.

    Not that there is no merit to what you might be saying, but overall, it's a pretty petty thing to be honest, in my opinion.
     
  19. Sep 26, 2010 #59 of 167
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    Ah, correction of grammar, that explains a lot (which I'd say was pretty petty)

    You believe it's petty, but we feel it's valid to discuss ESPN's PQ inconsistencies, so no need to discuss it with you in the future, and one would even wonder why you stopped by in the first place...

    It is a FACT that ESPN has issues, and until they correct them, customers should call ESPN on it. No one said anything about cancelling, and why would I cancel DirectTv because ESPN can be shoddy, to try to prove a point? Some people believe in looking the other way (you), others do not.

    There is always at least one person who comes into a factual PQ complaint, and says "no problem here", and it's usually an eye issue, tv size issue, or a don't care issue. Some of us are more picky than others, but I've been watching HD since 2002, and ESPN needs work. Anywho, enough wasting time defending a proven topic, to someone who's just here to say they don't care. This will be my last acknowledgement of you, bye.
     
  20. Sep 26, 2010 #60 of 167
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    Or maybe your favorite kind of steak is chuck steak....
     

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