Been gone for the last week or so and haven't checked this thread since. Hope you all had an enjoyable holiday. Had a few posts I wanted to respond to and figured I'd hit them all at once - so apologies if this post gets a bit long.
Originally Posted by Jim Shorts
The thing people should keep in mind is that Gainesville is about the smallest television market in the southeast.
I understand your point about the TV market, and I'm honestly a little surprised at how far down the list Gainesville is. But I'd be more interested in how much total revenue Cox makes from this market. Customers in Gainesville pay just as much as the customers in Tampa. I'm sure that if you also include all the students/customers that have Cox as an ISP and/or a VoIP provider then we'd at least beat Anchorage.
Originally Posted by sj41
I just picked up a HD receiver and I noticed there is a DVI out. Does using this over component mean better PQ? I haven't heard any programs using 1080p yet, so will connecting to DVI make any difference for "standard HD" programming?
There is no noticable difference between component and DVI/HDMI that I've ever seen. People seem to think that going with the digital connection means that there is no converting signal but the fact is that regardless of connection, the signal gets converted one way or another.
Interference is usually a wash as well as you're not going to get any with component unless you're wrapping the cable around, say, a subwoofer or running it around flourescent lights or something. You will need HDMI for true 1080p on BRD but as far as a cable box or satellite box goes, there isn't really any upgrade in PQ from component to DVI/HDMI.
It's really up to you, though. I have HDMI on my DVD player simply because I was running out of component inputs on my receiver (PS2 and DVR hooked up now) and wanted to see if there was a difference - which there wasn't. If you go with HDMI or DVI you should definitely shop around. Getting a $6 cable online (which I did) will be the same as a $120 Monster cable. All the gold plating and shielding doesn't mean a thing with a digital signal - it either arrives or it doesn't. No degraded signal in between.
Originally Posted by jalapeno
Good to see the Gainesville Sun article regarding the game not being in HD. Maybe this will motivate these guys to get this done in time for the game.
It shouldn't have come to this in order to get FOX in HD here. Cox should be a little more proactive in feeding HD signals to their HD markets. They bumbled around with WCJB last year amidst the Super Bowl, failing to deliver signal in time for the game and it looks like the same thing with FOX this year. Plenty of times in this thread I've stated how frustrating it is that we have so few options to watch football (mainly NFL) in HD here.
Fiesta Bowl: FOX-SD
Orange Bowl: FOX-SD
Sugar Bowl: FOX-SD
KC vs. INDY: NBC-SD
DAL vs. SEA: NBC-SD
NYJ vs. NE: CBS-HD (yay!)
NYG vs. PHI: FOX-SD
So that's four major NCAA bowl games and four opening-round NFL playoff games. Eight great football games total and only one
that we can see in HD. Sad.
Again, sorry for the long post. Just wanted to respond to previous posters. Cheers and here's to hoping we'll be able to watch the '07 football season in HD.