Originally Posted by keenan
Too bad Comcast has never stated actual numbers for their HD, otherwise we could throw a false advertising lawsuit into the mix. That's how DirecTV got caught, they actually stated 1920x1080i resolution numbers in their STB documentation and training videos.
Technically, D* only said their HD was 1080i. They never once stated the horizontal resolution. The vertical resolution they provided was 1080 lines (at least on the 1080i channels, anyway). It was even interlaced.
Also, as far as I know, they never actually were held liable in any court. The case was only brought there. That being said, they certainly implied you were getting the best possible HD when you clearly weren't at the time.
The real one to watch would be Time Warner, since they sued D* for claiming their HD was better. If they start reducing their quality, people deserve to be upset at that type of hypocracy. However, I haven't heard any recent numbers from them and have no reason to suspect they are doing any rate shaping at this point.
Not related to quality, but I find the Comcast ads that state "more HD choices" than any other provider very misleading. While they don't use the word "channels", it's safe to assume that the average customer is thinking that's what they mean. They were the same ones that had those ads with idiots talking about how traumatized they were with satellite TV or how it would go out "whenever the dog sneezed".
In the end, until the "truth in advertising" laws get reeled in again, we'll see more and more of this borderline fraudulent advertising from all kinds of companies.