Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Millstone (Monmouth), NJ USA
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Before I get attacked by all of the D*TV apologists, let me make it clear I AM a BIG D*TV supporter and an early adopter (1994), ALWAYS getting the "new" toys (Tivo, HD, HDTivo and so on).
I remember the days when D*TV first came out and my neighbors saw my set up, the quality and little dishes popped up all over the neighborhood. Over time, cable caught up, D*TV started degrading their signals (for more channels) and less and less people kept their dishes, etc. When HD first came out, it was WOW!!!, once again, but then quickly HD-Lite was born.
I was at my neighbors about a year ago and saw a baseball game on his HD TV and was like WOW!! -- what a picture. Why not like that at my house?? He had local HD cable, but I couldn't believe cable by itself provided such a better picture. I then began on ongoing quest to find out the cause of these picture differences. HD-Lite?? My TV vs. his??
I got my Mitsubishi 65" Diamond HD TV calibrated (it MUST be the TV) -- NO!! I FINALLY broke down and added cable 6 months ago and WOW!! -- great picture for the same channels vs. D*TV. Being patient, I said well maybe its this Mpeg2 vs. Mpeg4 thing and said let's see what happens...
Well, now I have the Mpeg4 boxes and STILL cable is way better!! All that is left is HD-Lite and WHETHER OR NOT D*TV will give us a better signal in a couple of days or not.
I have done my research, done my homework, can make apples to apples comparisons (as per my original post) and I will see what D*TV FINALLY does soon. Those of you who know better (and there are quite a few of you on this board and dbstalk) know what I am saying is true and are also waiting for an answer once and for all.
The rest of you that are "happy" with your signals and NEVER saw the original HD signal from D*TV and/or do not have the ability to see my local cable HD picture, continue to believe D*TV's BS about them providing the "best picture". Many of us know better...
I SINCERELY hope that D*TV will stop downrezzing their signals to the ignorant masses and give us a great HD signal. I could then, once again, get all of my friends, family and neighbors to get the new dishes back on their roofs -- imagine the word of mouth if QUALITY was back at D*TV??!!?? Until then, I have seen with my own eyes, the superior signal our local cable provides. That is why I am the only one in the neighborhood that still has D*TV -- in the hope that FINALLY we get a QUALITY HD signal once again!!
I for one am glad I can afford cable too -- that's where I watch ALL of my HD programming that's available....