Originally Posted by BiggAW
Does anyone know how Comcast is getting the locals? Since basketball has been on CBS for some of March Madness, I've been watching WFSB-DT, and it looks HORRIBLE. Are they just taking the bitrate-starved OTA feed that's lost ~6mbps to subchannels and re-modulating it, or do they get a direct feed? I feel like they would do a way better job compressing it even on a tri-muxed channel than WFSB is doing, if in fact that's what's going on.
I was thinking that exact same thing. I put up an antenna over my garage for emergencies when cable fails and I did some A/B comparisons to our local Clinton Comcast. With any antenna channel I can walk up to a foot from the set and see straight lines, perfectly formed human faces. I saw that also in a Tampa, FL Hampton Inn (same size set). Really nice and sharp. The Comcast picture starts to just mush out at 3-4 feet. Faces all distorted, lines jagged and even what we used to call "ghosting" (in the analog days) on the titles. It is just disgusting and if it is what a broadcaster would call an HD standard, they need to re-write it. How can we get what we are paying for, i.e. about double that of Europe.
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