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Old 05-29-2005, 09:48 AM   #1
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I'm considering a switch to WOW from Comcast, for all services. I live in Michigan. Has anyone out there made this switch and noticed better or worse HD picture? I ask because I heard a rumor recently that compression (and thus HD picture quality) was worse for WOW--though this doesn't make sense to me given the much greater sibscriber rate for Comcast.
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Old 05-29-2005, 05:00 PM   #2
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The quality limiting factor is how narrow a bandwidth is assigned to each channel... if compression is forced to use a channel that's too limited, quality drops.

Amount of bandwidth budget depends on total bandwidth of system, divided by number of channels. Trying to cram too many channels into limited bandwidth degrades quality.
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Old 05-30-2005, 07:23 AM   #3
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I heard a rumor recently that compression (and thus HD picture quality) was worse for WOW--though this doesn't make sense to me given the much greater sibscriber rate for Comcast.
As far as Im aware Subscriber numbers doesnt effect the qual of signal. Whether 10 ppl or 50 ppl watch a show the amount of data being sent out remains the same. Its more like RS said in that the qual is dependent on how much BW the distro alots to each channel I think. Wow may have less subs but they also may be more limited BW wise thus the reports you heard. I don't have wow here but any chance of finding a cpl local stores using it? That way you could go look n compare for yourself.
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