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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by bradpr, Dec 21, 2008.
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Is U-Verse HD quality consistent across all areas, or does it depend where you live?
It can depend on where you live and how far away you live from the VRAD.
It very much depends where you live, specifically, how close you are to the uverse VRAD (main neighborhood box). If you are too far away from that box, you will get lots of pixelating.
That's not what the experts at AVS say when I asked them: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=20350908#post20350908
I stand corrected, thanks Sigma.
I'm not sure how right they are, but no one there contradicted them. :lol:
My Brother-in-law was as far from the VRAD as ATT would install and he had to drop uverse and go back to cable due to many video freezes. The PQ may still be OK but you will have more problems if you are to far.
I was with Surewest's FTTH system, which uses the exact Motorola Boxes that Uverse uses. Basically I have a 100Mb Fiber connection at the terminal, and Cat5E running to each room.
And I just dumped it and after 2 years went back to Directv.
Main Issues... even on Fiber, I was limited to 2-3 HD Programs at a time... so If I recorded one, and watched two others... you got a "All HD Services are in use". It was annoying... should have not been anywhere near saturating the line.
HD Quality on this system was quite good (and they had BBC America HD). And Channel changing was quick, same with the PNP. Box was VERY stable (I think I reset it once in the time I had it). SD Quality was horrid! waaaay to much compression.
I liked the interface Microsoft produces.. it's clean and to the point. The Multi-Room DVR works similar to D*. They just added the pause/replay live TV on the slave unit, but it seemed to be a cost to the response speed of the DVR unit.
So it was annoying, but overall I liked the box. Biggest issue I had was the price kept creeping up. Started with 10Mb Internet, and two HD/DVR boxes, and Telephone (triple Play) for $120/mo... I think I got 1-2 months at that rate... even under contract they started charging a fee for (get this) "Free" Antivirus ($5/mo), then they upped the Internet to 15Mb (50Mb was available, but basically this allowed them to kick the pricing up, and say it was "faster" than Comcast's 12Mb service. then they added a "local channel" fee of $4. then they "reduced" the "Package Discount" from $14-$10.
Basically my bill went from $120 to just under $180... for Basic HD/DVR (no premiums). 15Mb Internet, and Telephone.
I switched back to D*, got the Multiroom, Got Comcast Internet (12Mb) for $20/mo (Promo, ends up at $41 after 6 mo, no contract). Switching phone over to a SIP provider I use at work). Basically cutting my bill in half.
The pricing of course doesn't apply, but did remind me that Directv overall doesn't raise their rates (much) compared to the different cable companies overall. Partly due to the lack of need to own/maintain wires, cables, and phone lines).
They're 100% correct. The channels are multicasted, so regardless of what your line can support you're getting the same quality as everyone else. The only difference is the number of streams you're limited to, but even that maxes out at 3 HD streams.