Originally Posted by thestewman
I know it is OT for this forum but can you compare the Comcast picture Quality to Direct TV. I was always under the assumption the Comcast signal was better.
And, after you fire Comcast what are you going to use for your internet service ?
Stew, no question about it after some very in-depth comparisons (we had DTV and Comcast simultaneously for 8 years). Here is the order of picture quality from the top down by quality:
1. HD OTA - broadcast HD is the best quality I've ever seen. Reason being? No compression of the signal at all - I use an OTA antenna hooked up to my old Series3 Tivo and I get about 22 channels of incredible quality HD, including of course all the locals plus numerous PBS stations from MA and NH, etc. Great stuff and the price is right, FREE!!! [by the way, this is not for our main viewing at all, it's just a backup plan in case someone in another zone in the house wants to watch one thing while others watch another. We only have a single receiver and single rack for all A/V equipment, and then only LCD monitors in each relevant zone. We like a 'centralized' approach to whole-house A/V. Keeps the footprint smaller overall and sometimes minimal is better IMHO.
2. DirecTV - no doubt the best picture quality after the over-the-air broadcasts. I use a 3LNB Slimline dish and it's fantastic (don't let people tell you you need a 5LNB, you don't; 5LNB is only for Chinese and Spanish packages, and actually numerous sources within DirecTV have told me that the 3LNB Slimlines help to get you the best picture quality possible with DTV; so far that's what I've seen; 5LNB actually makes it harder to get good reception off of the 3 important satellites).
3. Comcast xFinity Cable - lousy HD, the compression is horrible on it. One comparison with DirecTV and you immediately see the difference. Also, I notice better surround audio actually with DirecTV than with Comcast. My suspicion is that they are compressing the hell out of the signal to fit more and more on the pipe, affecting both video and audio quality. In addition, I've had channels just disappear on me, I've had them play games with my Cablecard usage into the Tivo, and the straw that broke the camel's back has been the recent service failures in my area...literally most if not all channels becoming totally pixelated and unable to watch anything. When you're paying 140 bucks/month for their highest level package, you don't have to wonder why I fired them this morning. And boy did it feel good!!! I'm off to the next town over to return my 3 cablecards, and ride off into the sunset with DirecTV! HA! Nahh, they all suck is the thing - DirecTV just sucks less! Much less!