tru that!!!mlb said:Right now I'm watching ESPN2HD and it just looks immaculate. Baseball Tonight is as sharp as I've ever seen it (between Time Warner, Dish, and D*), the colors look great, and all in all I'm happy!
This is how HDTV is supposed to be!
Can you please explain more fully that the "source" is mpeg2? Are you saying that for instance, Directv picks up OTA channels via an antenna [like we would] which is broadcast in mpeg2? They then uplink through mpeg4 encoder, and our receivers "decode" mpeg4?Davenlr said:ESPN is only 720... check out HDNetMovies... I watched E.T. tonight, as I've never seen it in HD, and the quality was spectacular, as was the 5.1.
Also to be noted, the SOURCE is still 90% Mpeg2...So even tho Directv is recompressing their MPeg2 feed to Mpeg4, the quality is going to be dependent upon the bandwidth of their feed, be it FSN's (fed 3 HD channels per transponder), or ATSC (how many subchannels are sucking bandwidth from Directv's feed?). If and when PBS-HD is added, it will be a good benchmark, as its feed is two HD channels per transponder. I'm not sure is HDNet is using two per, or use separate transponders for each channel. Looks good tho, for sure.
Even off the air HD signals are encoded using Mpeg-2. The issue here is what the impact of available bandwidth from the signal provider (encoded in Mpeg-2 for most sources other than HBO which is Mpeg-4) has on the picture quality as it's delivered to DirecTV before being re-encoded in Mpeg-4.John4924 said:Can you please explain more fully that the "source" is mpeg2? Are you saying that for instance, Directv picks up OTA channels via an antenna [like we would] which is broadcast in mpeg2? They then uplink through mpeg4 encoder, and our receivers "decode" mpeg4?
So wouldn't channels like ESPN, HDNet, etc. be giving Directv a direct source feed, and the mpeg4 encoding process will do a much better job of producing a "cleaner" picture.
I thought the color was better on my 2 HDTVs, personally. The picture was not soft in any way, IMO. I guess to each their own...heisman said:The new versions have much less color and definitely have a softer picture overall. Cleaner lines and less blocking, however, is a definite improvement. It's just like anything else, there are going to be tradeoffs in compression.
Davenlr,Davenlr said:The episode at 8/7c shows rerun, but the one at 9/8c shows first run on my HR20...
This is especially true after a reboot. It takes a little while for the guide to repopulate.JLucPicard said:I've noticed when I set series links that I don't always see the end result right away as far as the To Do list and the red-circle R in the guide. Don't have a good idea how long it takes for them all to show up, but mine haven't been close to immediate.