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Old 08-04-2012, 06:47 PM - Thread Starter
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Hello,

I am a DirecTV subscriber in the Washington DC area. Although I have been a HD DirecTV customer for nearly eight years, I am shocked by a recent trend I've noticed.

My NBC network and Comcast/NBC cable HD is of the highest quality. I've also noticed that ABC TV network has the about the worst HD I see.

Grey's Anatomy looks like it is filmed through gauze and with washed out colors. OUAT is the worst offender. I see the strange patterns in dark areas and it looks even more washed out that Grey's.

GRIMM, on the other hand, boasts a crisp colorful picture with crisp clean lines. I know most hate the soap opera effect (SOE), but with motion interpolation on it is a prime example of how the effect causes HD broadcasts to look like you can reach in and touch the people "inside" the screen.

-Will

P.S. Honestly not a troll. I just want to see if anyone else feels the same as I do.
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It is only as good as the feed they are getting for the spot beam. In my area, the local CBS affiliate is as bad of quality OTA, as it is on Satellite, CATV & ATT UVerse. Nothing out there can improve the feed, but the party that owns it.
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Same in the NYC DMA, WABC 7 looks absolutely awful compared to WNBC 4.
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A lot also depends on how many sub-channels and what they are doing bandwidth wise, when it comes to pushing it all out to the consumers. I left out that even our local ABC affiliate is not as bad as the CBS, but still bad when it comes to PQ but not as bad as the local CBS affiliate.
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Old 08-05-2012, 06:08 PM
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Yeah, this is going to vary by metro area. Since it's a well-known issue, topic closed.

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