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Old 03-05-2010, 05:07 PM   #1
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I know it can vary from service to service, but which (in general) has better HD PQ, Cable or Satellite? (resolution and Mbps etc)
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FIOS looks to be tops with satellite coming in a very close second. All of the others vary depending on the location but in general can't compare to satellite.


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I answered your question in the other thread. Please be aware the forum rules as they say not to double post. Just a heads up...
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D* easily. I liked comcast HD but a couple years ago I decided to switch to D* due to lack of HD channels. I quickly noticed the picture was much better then comcast. Where I live i'm getting a 98 reading out of 100, So there really is no excuse for comcast in this instance. I only switched back due to D*s complete lack of customer service. Their your best friends before you sign the contract but after you sign they almost always fall back on tough luck you signed a contract your stuck with us or it's going to cost you.
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Old 03-13-2010, 09:54 AM   #8
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D* easily. I liked comcast HD but a couple years ago I decided to switch to D* due to lack of HD channels. I quickly noticed the picture was much better then comcast. Where I live i'm getting a 98 reading out of 100, So there really is no excuse for comcast in this instance. I only switched back due to D*s complete lack of customer service. Their your best friends before you sign the contract but after you sign they almost always fall back on tough luck you signed a contract your stuck with us or it's going to cost you.
ditto on dtv. I had dtv and if you read any of my post , you can see how unhappy i WAS with then. Thank God that dtv nightmare is over and yes everyone else, i will now quit my trollism on dtv.
but dtv is horrible in many ways.
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All providers suffer from poor customer service in my opinion. Some are worse. Some are better. Some come from India. Some come from Indiana. But the op was concerned about PQ. PQ has alot of factors. Normally its home wiring at fault. But aside, if all providers service are in proper working order, I prefer my satellite dish. Its all digital, comes from the heavens, and not dependant on a line that runs up and down streets, through neighborhoods before it reaches my house. GL with what ever service you choose and I hope that you are satisfied.
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I know it can vary from service to service, but which (in general) has better HD PQ, Cable or Satellite? (resolution and Mbps etc)
I also had 98 to 100 signal strength with dtv and Comcast still had the better HD quality.
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From my personal experience, Ive seen Time Warner and now DirecTV(Just switched from Dish to DirecTV).

Time Warner I know recycles their signal. It looks fuzzy at times.

DirecTV looks crystal clear, unbelievable clarity.

For me personally DirecTV wins out, but never seen Dish or Comcast(Dont have them around me)
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from personal experience on a 1 to 100 scale:

Time Warner = 40
Dish = 80
FiOS = 100

On FiOS all channels look outstanding to the level that I thought some channels simply looked ok until I got FiOS. I really thought TNT and ESPN were especially horrible until FiOS.
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Cable it's less prone to weather conditions
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It is likely more to do with the producer, the provider and the display - I've watched satellite, FIOS, and cable and honestly could not tell the difference.
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Comcast is known to significantly compress their HD signals to squeeze more channels into their space. They are putting something like 3 channels into each QAM slot where it should be only two. This is from a couple of years ago but I don't believe it has changed. If anything, it is probably even worse and more widespread now.
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                            FiOS          Comcast           Difference

AETV HD                  18.66 Mbps      14.48 Mbps           -28.9%
Discovery HD             14.16 Mbps      10.43 Mbps           -35.8%
Discovery HD Theater     17.45 Mbps      12.60 Mbps           -38.5%
Food Network HD          14.32 Mbps      13.73 Mbps            -4.3%
HGTV HD                  14.76 Mbps      12.43 Mbps           -18.7%
MHD                      17.73 Mbps      13.21 Mbps           -34.2%
National Geographic HD   13.40 Mbps      11.92 Mbps           -12.4%
Universal HD             12.72 Mbps      11.01 Mbps           -15.5%

HBO HD                    8.87 Mbps       8.81 Mbps            -0.7%
Cinemax HD               11.40 Mbps      10.77 Mbps            -5.8%
Starz HD                 11.93 Mbps       9.76 Mbps           -22.2%

CNN HD                                   11.42 Mbps
History HD                               10.40 Mbps
SciFi HD                                 12.59 Mbps
USA HD                                   12.48 Mbps
I have, in fact, heard that Comcast is looking into even FURTHER compressing many of the HD channels to fit 4 into the bandwidth of two.

Hey, Comcast, here's an idea. If you're going to be mucking with the signal and encrypting them anyways, why not forget MPEG-2 and go with something newer and more efficient, say MPEG-4 or even H.264?
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