My girlfriend and I love to watch Six Feet Under on Sunday nights - it's probably the only piece of TV I watch regularly.
In between the end of last season's SFU and the beginning of this season, my girlfriend and I upgraded to DTV (Time Warner Cable), and I must say that the picture is terrible.
The primary problem I've noticed is very noticible "blocking" when the screen fades from bright white to a picture. The blocking isn't pixelization - it's in larger groups of squares, I'd say about 20-30 pixels wide (guestimate - don't hold me to that measurement). MPEG artifact?
Backgrounds are really fixed now. When I mean is this: when watching a film which has a static background, the image still seems to "move" a bit - it is not frozen on the screen with the same tones (or perhaps it is, and it's less noticible). With DTV, it seems like the MPEG compression has determined that such backgrounds indeed don't move, and are therefore never updated. In these areas, it's very easy to see posterization.
Now, I know some of these might be avoidable. DVDs played through my FP system (which ain't anything special - vt540 with a panny rv-31 via an IScan Pro, or the same vt540 with my HTPC) have me concentrating on the movie rather than annoyed by artifacts. Granted DVDs are higher bitrate...
Will DTV get better in the future? Is HDTV any different, or is the main improvement only resolution/progressive scan? It seems there have been many smart people involved in DTV (and specifically HDTV), so can someone please please please tell me that things are better in the world of HDTV?
-Jon (hoping in Brooklyn)
"First things first, but not necessarily in that order." - Dr. Who