Originally Posted by Cal1981
Some of ABC's shows look dreadful. Desperate Housewives used to look very good but this season (and some of last season as well as I recall) the image,especially in indoor lighting has been utterly horrible. Murky would almost be a compliment.
Yes, on whole, they do look murky. I have seen some very good quality from ABC in the past, some of that can likely be attributed to the production choices made, they had sharpness and a very film-like look to them, but since they added that Live Well channel, and reduced the bitrate for the main channel, most everything looks extremely mediocre.
It would be interesting to see some outdoor scenes from "Lost" re-broadcast today and compared with the original recording, my guess is that the new airing would look terrible compared to the original.
I have to say, in our market, KNTV puts out the best combination of image and audio quality, ABC is the worst, followed by CBS(they really, REALLY, need to fix that compressed-to-hell audio they use) and then FOX. FOX I would definitely rate closer to NBC than with ABC/CBS. CBS(KPIX) has good PQ, but the awful audio(almost physically uncomfortable to listen to) more than offsets the good PQ.