Originally Posted by Word Maestro
Why did you cancel D*?
we watch ALOT of fox new channel and other standard def channels, and we noticed after the D* install the quality on these channels is far less than what it is with cox cable.
My setup was as good as it gets. A fresh D* install with a perfect cable setupm both outputting to my 60 inch sony SXRD set with HDMI so i could cycle between the two pictures.
After the install, i put on two channels i watch alot. Discovery HD theatre and fox news. I wasnt surprised that the HD channel looked fine, but fox looked:
-lower res (pixilated almost)
I asked the installer about why fox news looked this way (he does NOT have cox cable) and he told me that fox news on cox cable is an HD channel.
Odd because you know... THERE IS NO HD VERSION OF FOX NEWS... JUST FOX BUSINESS. And as of end of september, there was no fox business channel, it had not launched.
So that tells you how HE saw the picture. He was convinced that cox had an HD signal for a channel that only broadcasts SD to anywhere right now.
I tinkered to no end for the next two days, trying to get the best settings for my setup. I called D* and got several levels into the tech support when i found out that D* at the time was broadcasting mpeg2 signals which were poorly displayed on my screen... the D* tech support told me (and i read some online sources) that this is a limitation of sat. right now so they can offer so much SD and HD at once... and that given a few years this will likely not be an issue.
since the cable co. only has to worry about so much bandwidth for so many people (as they only offer so many channels) they can offer a better picture on SD channels even though they claim all channels are now broadcast digitally.
long story huh?