"I caught part of the Pats vs. Jets last night on ESPN-HD. The PQ was beyond compare. Hope some of the engineers watch the Broncos game tonight, they might learn a thing or two about what HD should look like. No artifacts, no pixel issues and great 5.1 sound. "
It was a great looking game, the only thing was the wide-shots were definently less detailed than then CBS-HD production on earlier in the day. ESPN-HD may not be limited to 19.3Mb/s.. but I think with any recordings it is shown that D* doesn't give it nearly that much.
Also, the D* version of the Sunday CBS-HD weekly game does pixelate less than KKTVs. I'm also pretty sure this is only getting a max of 19.3Mbps, and probably less. It still does pixelate on those closeup pans, but not as much as KKTV. That partially happens to be a flaw in the 1080i system all-together since it actually needs more then 19.3Mbps to not pixelate on fast moving scenes.
Also, ESPN doesn't have 5.1 surround sound, just their analog Circle Surround.
Tim, thanks for posting here! We really do appreciate an inside look at things that we can't fully understand.
Frank, do you really notice pixelation on the primetime shows? I haven't seen any with them in awhile on the shows, at least since KKTV fixed whatever they were doing in the beginning of the football season which left any semi-fast scene pixelated. Also, people in other cities aren't seeing this, so I have a feeling it has something to do with KKTV somehow. I agree though, I'm glad to see them advertising the fact that they are the first, and currently the only local station in HD.
BTW: I am basing all my ESPN-HD comments on watching it on D* through my E86 which upconverts it to 1080i for my Mitsu 65809 which doesn't handle 720p. I still haven't seen it on a 720p display.