Originally Posted by Kib
If anyone is bored silly, I'd be curious what kind of data rate/bandwidth Comcast is passing on NBC Sports Network. The reason I ask is I'm once again floored by how nice a picture these guys are putting out. Just stunning, right up there if not a little better than CBS's college hoops coverage.
Not that I would ever accuse a company of showing preferential treatment to one of their own divisions over other people they do business with, but it seems to me if you wanted to quickly differentiate one product PQ from another one way might be to open up the bandwidth hose. (all things otherwise roughly equal)
Should I put away my tin foil hat or am I onto something?
A couple of info points:
- Not all Comcast systems are set up the same. In most areas, local HD is passed without additional compression, aka a QAM two pack, while in other areas local HD is QAM three packed like most national HD on Comcast systems.
- Some national HD channels, like ESPN & TNT, have also been QAM two packed, on some systems. On other systems they are three packed.
The bottom line is that it's hard to say why NBCSN looks better for you than in the past. It's quite possible on your system they have increased the bandwidth compared to what it got in the past, but not necessarily at the expense of other competitive HD channels.
As for the 'tin hat' theory, my guess is after the rigorous regulatory process Comcast had to endure from the Justice Department and the FCC to acquire NBCU, it would be foolhardy of them to try anything fishy at this point.