Originally Posted by metal83
I currently have Comcast HD, and i am not to happy with most of there HD channels. I can also get Directv cheaper, and apparently they have 90 or so HD channels. Money is not the issue however. I am just wondering if i will lose PQ if i switch to Directv. And do the 90 or so HD channels actually broadcast a lot in HD?
I made the switch to D* last October from Comcast (formerly SusCom) in the Brunswick, ME. area and am very satisfied. Comcast here is running Scientific Atlanta equipment including circa 2003 SA3250HD STBs with DVI. When I asked for a box with HDMI, I was offered the SA8300HD DVR at more than twice the $$$. And the cable system here is "bandwidth constrained," a big excuse not to add more HD channels. No local FOX in HD for World Series and Super Bowl. Are you kidding me? When D* added our local FOX station in HD in time for the Red Sox in the WS, I said "Good Bye Comcast." So did lots of others from what we have learned on the Portland-Auburn DMA thread. Well, waddaknow. Somehow, Comcast managed to find the bandwidth for carriage of our local FOX in HD for the Super Bowl. So all the "technical problems" were suddenly solved when they started losing subscribers.
I personally subscribed to D* in 2004 to get our Portland CBS station in HD OTA for Patriots games since cable wasn't carrying it. But, I had kept cable TV for other family members and cable internet. When Comcast bought out SusCom in May 2006, I dropped D* thinking Comcast would upgrade the local cable system. They did bring the local CBS HD channel onto the system. (They had to since Sinclair Broadcasting has a national agreement for HD carriage with Comcast.) But, otherwise, my high expectations for lots more HD channels were not realized. This fall I left Comcast for good after 25 years of continuous cable subscription.
Coming back to D* felt to me like finally i was on the cutting edge again. The STBs are really up-to-date with good-looking, functional firmware. Really lots of HD channels, many of which are HD fulltime. The PQ is at least as good as on Comcast. The old stories of HD-Lite with MPEG2 that I recall from 2004 are just that - old stories. MPEG4 is terrific.
Bottom line. Would I go back to cable? Not on your life. And, incidentally, I got off cable internet as well. I was paying big bucks to Comcast there, too. Now I have DSL that's working just fine, combined with internet phone service that Comcast still doesn't offer here. I couldn't care less.
BTW. The DSL/internet phone service is with GWI.net which offers the same in some NH areas.