Originally Posted by insomniac99
TV picture quality is good but no better than TWC here, in my opinion. The HD channels look comparable and I actually prefer the SD picture on TWC. The FiOS SD picture is a little bit less pixel-y but also a little too soft for my tastes. Just personal preference though.
Appreciate the comprehensive install outline. Awaiting FIOS in our midtown- East building.
Meanwhile, since TWC's full cable package was delaying new HDs, I added RCN's full HD lineup since I've got both cables coming in. Did the same a few years back, for only a year or so, when RCN had more HDs. It is nice to have the ability to DVR several programs at once. Yesterday at this location RCN went to its so-called analog-crush lineup
, about 75 HDs, although still lacking several.
Surprised, with all the comments about FIOS not altering the programmer's bit rate, that TWC's SD picture quality seems better there. Guess it's a combination of how many channels are being jammed into each frequency slot
, how good the program-source PQ is, and what various STBs can deliver. As noted in that link, someone at TWC has mapped all its channels in a spreadsheet, just updated
. HDNet's Saturday 10 am ET test pattern
might provide another clue to PQ comparing FIOS with TWC and RCN. The DCT6416/2300 DVR RCN installed last week delivered slightly less-crisp HDNet test pattern images than older Motorola DVRs did a few years back (~1246 lines versus ~1335 lines). Plan on DVRing HDNet's 10-minute patterns this Saturday to see in the new RCN analog-crush lineup switched in yesterday has changed that.
Nationwide, some AVSers report measuring nearly 1920X1080 from the pattern, but many can only resolve <1400 lines horizontally, including a few using FIOS (different U.S. head ends). A true-1080p set is best for such a test, but even a 1366X768 display, if it can't show a crisp 1366 horizontally, tells you the cable system or STB is limiting resolution--on HDNet's channel slot at least and likely elsewhere on the system. A true-1080p set resolution could be mostly confirmed with the resolution-wedge test patterns on Sony Blue-ray movie discs--or another known test pattern such as a HD test DVD or pattern generator. Perhaps some FIOS user will map their channels in a spreadsheet and measure HDNet's test pattern to aid comparisons. -- John