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Who's the High Def Leader?

Cass
05-14-2004, 07:44 PM
Who do you think the High Def Leader is and why?

rbinck
05-14-2004, 11:50 PM
If you compare the channel line ups, there is only one clear leader as far as content is concerned: VOOM!

Channel Name ........Directv Voom Cablevision Comcast Cox
Animania HDTV................ 130
Bravo HDTV ...................501 .....744
Cinemax HD (East) ............221 .....770 ....yes
Cinemax HD (West) ............222
Discovery HDTV Theater ..76 ..601 .....735
Encore® E HDTV ...............271
ESPN HDTV ...............73 ..301 .............yes ....703
Epics HDTV ...................122
Fox Sports Net HDTV ...................725
Gallery HDTV .................128
HBO HDTV (East) ........509 ..201 .....750 ....yes ....700
HBO HDTV (West) ..............202
HDNews .......................100
HD Cinema 1 ..................101
HD Cinema 2 ..................102
HD Cinema 3 ..................103
HD Cinema 4 ..................104
HD Cinema 5 ..................105
HD Cinema 6 ..................106
HD Cinema 7 ..................107
HD Cinema 8 ..................108
HD Cinema 9 ..................109
HD Cinema 10 .................110
HD Net .................79
HD Net Movies ..........78
HD Pay per view ........85 ............700
IN HD 1 ...............................701 .....yes ....yes
IN HD 2 ........................................yes ....yes
Kids Thirteen .........................731
Monsters HDTV ................121
MOOV HDTV ....................129
MSG Network HDTV ......................720
The Movie Channel ............251 .....780
NFL HDTV .....................311
PLAYBOY TV (Adult) ...........701
Rave HDTV ....................125
Rush HDTV ....................124
SHOWTIME HDTV (East) ..543 ...241 .....760 .....yes ....740
SHOWTIME HDTV (West) .........242
Spice HDTV .............85
STARZ! HDTV (East) ...........261 .....740 .....yes
STARZ! HDTV (West) ...........262
Thirteen HDTV .........................713
TNT HDTV .....................521..
Treasure HDTV ................127
Ultra HDTV ...................126
WorldSport HDTV ..............123


Dish Network is comparable to Directv and I left off the local and network channels. The cable offerings include the networks in HD and the satellite service require an OTA antenna. Voom furnishes the OTA antenna and their receiver integrates the OTA stations. Directv and Dish receivers vary and it may be required to get a separate STB for the OTA channels. Time Warner is comprable to the other cable offerings and I could not find channel information for Bright House.

All of the channels in red are included in the base package for Voom. Only Voom provides any HDTV service without additional charge. All others require an extra cost upgrade with the various providers. I think from the table above that Voom is the clear winner.

SHOSHOSHO
01-07-2005, 10:42 AM
Voom is the leader not only in channel line-up but also in piq and sound quality. One of the first things I noticed after switching from D* HD to Voom was that not only did the HD look better (Less Pixalization) but the SD also looked better.

This is due to the fact that Voom uses less compression than D*.

dachay2tnr
01-10-2005, 02:24 PM
Only Voom provides any HDTV service without additional charge. All others require an extra cost upgrade with the various providers.

Cablevision does not charge extra for HD service either - as long as you had a digital package to start with.

BTW, very informative table.

Cobra
01-11-2005, 12:30 PM
I just voted for VOOM. While I have Comcast HD, even the slightest amount of research has to give the nod to VOOM. I also like the fact that they are using a lower compression algorithm. I had DirecTV for a while and it was totally unwatchable in SD. The pixelation was off the radar screen! I understand that "Dish" is a bit better but VOOM is the champ. My next move will probably be to VOOM.
;)

camshaft
01-11-2005, 12:34 PM
Like your Pic Cobra :) way cool

Cobra
01-11-2005, 12:39 PM
Tanx ! ;)

fljeremy
01-11-2005, 03:59 PM
Who do you think the High Def Leader is and why?
While I have Comcast on the dish buyback program getting a good rate, when its over I am going to Voom. Comcast analog SD channels look horrible and I am not happy with the rate they are adding more HD channels.