OK, i did take a quick glance at page 1 of this thread, it's somewhat funny i missed this thread this whole time oh well. After all i am still considered new member here anyway. So i figure to seek for help and i bet i will be able to make a good judgment based on the suggestions i might receive from you guys, But it looks Comcast does a lot of compression and it appears they still using MPEG2, i am not really technical but anyways let me explain below what is the help is all about (3 questions below as well).
I actually have Comcast in my area but let me explain how i watch HD content. I actually watch HD when i get time, some or most channels doesn't really interest my needs at all. I love to watch HD movies mainly Action and Horror movies, occasionally sports which is probably shocking but that is how it is for me with that in mind I did have Comcast, Dish network and had DirectTV (just their SD) for short time period. Unfortunately i found out that most of the channels doesn't interested me and i get busy sometimes so i found myself paying for something that i hardly use anymore because of my busy schedule.
Then i discovered Netflix not too long ago and been a member for a while now, i find it effective for my needs. I watch Blu ray movies mainly and some DVDs and their streaming option too in HD as well (not true one anyway lol).
With that in mind, and by looking at my user name. You can tell my user name suggesting that i love Soccer and World cup is 15 days away , so i planned it ahead that i would like to watch all 64 games. I plan to watch 25 in 3D and the rest in HD. Which the channels that would carry the World cup games would be ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC (local channel) and obviously 25 games on ESPN 3D. Around the time i had Dish and Comcast in HD (in the past), i don't remember how the quality difference in both services in HD and it has been a while. I remember some HD channels looked slightly better on Dish than Comcast, I couldn't recall the ESPN quality back then. But movies channels looked good on both, but looking at comcast screen-shot in page 1 of this thread, I think i remember seeing something of lower quality in Comcast, with channel like AMC i think, if my memory served correctly, i don't think at the time Dish had AMC, so no real comparison i don't think.
Now let me give you my issues with Dish Network, Comcast and DirectTV. Dish Network, i have decent experience with their customer service but the issue i have is that i don't wish to be in contract for another 1 or 2 years. I like to have the freedom to cancel the service when i want to, i sometimes travel and must cancel a service but with how they have contracts they make that difficult sometimes! Also they don't have 3D and i really want to experience 3D specifically in World cup! With Comcast, I remember liking their on demand feature because it does have HD movies and i don't pay anything extra for HD service and after all its cost efficient for the lowest package, also Comcast announced ESPN 3D and finally i have the ability to cancel Comcast when i want to, but if i get it, i think i will leave it, just because it has free HD movies on Demand, Fear net HD (good stuff) and the few channels i like and also may like the fact they started to get 3D channels, which will give me more reasons to have it. But here is some drawbacks... No real confirmation that if ESPN 3D is really coming to my town, still waiting for local Comcast to confirm, The quality concern for ESPN HD, ESPN 2 HD, ABC HD and even ESPN 3D HD. I mean if they look anything similiar or close to page 1. This is bad quality and i may consider directTV big time if that's the case. Lastly, DirectTV have the ESPN 3D and i can get it for sure, but the contract is the issue and if comcast and DirectTV will give exact performance in 3 / 4 channels i plan to watch, then i think Comcast is better for my need, assuming the 3D channel will come to my town. Dish network is out of the mix due the fact it doesnt have ESPN 3D, so i will ask my questions and hope i explained my desires well enough!
1) How does ESPN HD , ESPN 2 HD and ABC HD channels picture quality will be like comparing both Comcast vs DirectTV?
2) If anyone have to give educational guess Will ESPN 3D look any different between DirectTV and Comcast in terms of picture quality?
3) What would be the best service provider from my needs from looking above DirectTV or Comcast