Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: State College, Pennsylvania
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I wish I knew when Adelphia was going to get it done.
As far as football is concerned, there's problems beyond Adelphia's failure to complete the upgrade in a reasonable timeframe, neither ABC nor CBS have any facilities to pass HD from network at this time in our market. ABC last said they plan to by mid-January 2006, whether that means before NFL playoffs, before BCS bowls, or just before the Superbowl is anyone's guess. Then, since it is unlikely they'll pass is OTA, we have to get Adelphia to pick it up on fiber and pass it to the cable network.
I wonder if Penn State's BCS berth might motivate the ABC station to get the upgrade done before the end of the year in an attempt to showcase HD to a significant portion of the households in our market, that followed by the Superbowl a month later would be a great way to launch and promote their HD service.
A poster above has a response from our CBS indicating a hoped-for June/July HD date, based on funding approval.
Adelphia could have FOX in HD right now but I'm not sure what's holding them up. My last check with the QAM256 tuner showed one more HD streams than channels available from the cable box, I'm thinking FOX is on the wire but being hidden at the moment. I don't know for sure tho.
I don't think you'll be much better off with DirecTV. You might be able to get HD waivers but that could take up to 45 days. I have D* right next to Adelphia at my house and Adelphia overall picture quality kicks DirecTV's butt. D* simply overcompresses everything to the point that the motion artifacts on SD channels are more annoying than the degraded analog picture from Adelphia. For HD its no contest, as far as I know Adelphia does not rate shape or re-encode anything, and the bit rates I've seen on the wire seem to show that they only place 2 HD streams in each 38 Mbps QAM256 channel.