Since I have tended to be a "nattering nabob of negativity" when it comes to Comcast Brunswick, I think it's worth reporting when there are positive things to say.Better PQ.
I don't have any basis for comparison but Chris says the picture quality is a recent improvement. Certainly it beats anything I ever saw before on cable - and I was a long time subscriber when it was SusCom. And it beats what I was seeing on D*! There - I said it.
Recently I watched a few minutes of golf on one of the HD channels - probably GolfHD - and it was the best HD picture I've ever seen! Eye popping! Then I watched on Turner Classic Movies in standard def "Song of the Thin Man,"
a 1947 B&W flick and I just couldn't get over how good the PQ was! Even the static pictures on the music channels look good!
And Dolby Digital audio is terrific, too, when available.
Unless there's something else going on behind the scenes, I think it has to do with bandwidth. More = better. I think it likely that the rollout of Xfinity has prompted the improved PQ. Comcast wants to sell phone, internet and TV on one cable and somehow has found the bandwidth to do so. Maybe isolating Bowdoin and Bowdoinham accounts for some of it. Or, new equipment at the head end. Or both.About a new onscreen program guide.
I switched recently to a Comcast/Cisco/Scientific Atlanta 8300 HDC DVR. I've written before about these SA boxes. They are at least five years old and are no longer in production. I can easily find fault with the box as it compares unfavorably with the modern HD boxes D* has rolled out - at least five (!) - in the last five years.
The best thing you can say about them is that they work. But, the box interface is in standard def. I'm not a power user of a DVR. I like it mainly to mimic the features a BD/DVD player offers. I can put the program I'm watching on Pause while I answer the phone, get a cup of coffee, etc. and not miss anything. I can start recording a program before actually viewing it and fast forward through the commercials when I start watching.
Power users of this box - time shifting by recording for later viewing - report that it works well. Of course these users have become very familiar with it over a long period of usage. Any significant function changes are likely to be disquieting.
Comcast is in the process of "upgrading" the onscreen guide and functionality of all SA STBs nationally to resemble the Motorola STBs also in use. Comcast Brunswick is a SA equipped system which is determined by what brand of equipment is in use at the head end.
We have been used to seeing this onscreen program guide.
Eventually we will see this one.
I have been reading about the transition elsewhere and it's a mixed bag. Comcast cites the pluses
So, what’s new? For starters, check out the color-coded TV grid, a new On Demand menu that loads faster, more detailed program information, an improved search feature and a convenient menu of shortcuts (we call it the Quick Menu).
Some other new features include:
• expanded parental control options
• multiple favorites lists
• additional channel grids
• a message center
• local weather available anytime, right in the Guide.
We should see it by the end of June - maybe. I'll post links to info about the new guide then.
This is a separate initiative and is not connected to Xfinity.