Which Has Higher Quality HD...cable or D*?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by johnp292, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. Zellio

    Zellio Icon

    Mar 8, 2009
    In all honesty, if you have Directv HD, you'd know the SD quality sucks ass.

    I have an sd receiver in my kitchen, and in all honesty, I'd love better quality and less channels. Directvs putrid sd+2003 lcd=BARF
  2. gfrang

    gfrang Hall Of Fame

    Aug 29, 2007
    The only way your going to tell whit any kind of certainty is to put two exact tv's that are set exactly the same way side by side and get several opinions.Any way else is just speculation.
  3. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    There is no way to numerically score the PQ of a particular provider because each has their own top-secret recipe for reducing bandwidth. Much of the recipe involves using proc amps on the source material and in many cases also involves some judicious (or not so judicious) scaling.
  4. Aztec Pilot

    Aztec Pilot Legend

    Oct 11, 2007
    I am not sure that the SD sucks. Many HDTV's which I am assuming your 2003 LCD is, do a poor job at displaying SD programing. All flat screens may fall in to this, but I only have experience with LCD's and Plasma of the HD variety. Though I acknowledge choosing quantity over quality many times. I would rather watch SD on an old TV. It looks better.

    If I misunderstood your setup, then disregard;)

    But comparing to OTA SD and D*SD, I find no difference.
  5. Artwood

    Artwood Legend

    May 29, 2006
    Anyone who thinks that DirecTV SD is good is blind.
  6. gfrang

    gfrang Hall Of Fame

    Aug 29, 2007
    Well i should have stopped when i needed glasses because i feel SD is fine,We still watch a lot of stations like Tru and History Int,have ota and it compares very nicely. Have no problem whit SD.Some tv's do SD better than others.
  7. Shades228

    Shades228 DaBears

    Mar 18, 2008
    Then something is not setup corrrectly or you're watching HD OTA.

    I can understand some people saying that SD is ok for them. However saying there's no difference is a different thing. Unless you're colorblind, friend is and he can't tell HD from SD, you should see a difference from any SD to HD no matter what carrier if you watch the same show.
  8. FlBillsfan

    FlBillsfan Legend

    Apr 22, 2008
    I am so fed up with Direct TV's AUDIO problems, I am not even concerned with the video at this point. If they don't resolve this SOON, I will be headed to FIOS.
  9. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    I'll repeat a post I made a page or two ago. Yes, there is a discernable difference in quality, but nowhere near the degradation for DirecTV SD that many in this thread would have you believe is the case. E.g., while the type in the lower right corner is clearly better on the HD show, the face and hair in the second set of pictures look almost identical. Just my .02. /steve

  10. Aztec Pilot

    Aztec Pilot Legend

    Oct 11, 2007
    I corrected my post. I intended to say that on any of my sets, I can not see a difference in SD from any source available to me.
  11. zeagus

    zeagus Cool Member

    Jun 13, 2007
  12. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
  13. DawgLink

    DawgLink Woof Woof Woof

    Nov 5, 2006
    Washington, DC
    I do not have the best eyes but I have seen both and dealt with both

    I have seen great HD on both, terrible HD on both

    I have never really thought one COMPLETELY beat out another

    I still enjoy my DirecTV HD
  14. djrobx

    djrobx Godfather

    Jan 26, 2009
    Cable used to be superior here. When Comcast had the system, they passed along an unmodified (just remuxed) version of what was on OTA. Time Warner took over, and after a long period of time, decided they needed to add some more HD channels to be competitive. Problem: They severely over-compressed the existing HD channels to make room for the new ones. The result was a god awful picture. From all my reading many other cable systems are trashing their HD quality in similar ways.

    The DirecTV MPEG-4 HD picture is generally excellent. Except HBO and Cinemax for some reason. I see a lot of MPEG-2 style artifacts on them that I don't see on other channels.

    Overall very satisfied with DirecTV picture quality.

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