Originally Posted by trader37
It's a Motorola 3416 I Digital PVR terminal Motorola. Unfortunately I am with Shaw Cable in Canada which compresses the signal to heck. While I could set up the old tube I'd rather not. My goal is to try and keep the TV. Dad watches WWE in HD and that's it. They both watch programmes from India on ATN and the other Indian channels that are re-broadcast here. I could be wrong but I don't think India ha HD at this point. I would guess that 99%+ of homes that have TV's don't have anything but tube.
It is likely that the Indian channels aren't making any effort to get a first class 480i signal (true SDTV) or to clean up their source material (digitally re-master their content) because the majority of their viewers are watching the programming on small, run-of-the-mill, SD CRT TVs (analog OTA or cable feed), which don't expose the SD PQ problems like larger, digital TVs do.
Here in the U.S. many early adopters (posters on AVS) of digital TVs noted the gradual improvement in SD analog TV (especially local, OTA broadcasters) over the past 6 years and before the mandatory transition to digital broadcasting. What we suspected is that with the larger digital sets being purchased, more folks were complaining about their local, OTA, station's poor PQ and the station engineers responded by bringing their analog signal up to the highest SDTV capabilities and true 480i resolution. It made quite a difference.
What I'm trying to say is that broadcasters are happy to transmit the cheapest and easiest SD analog (even though you have digital cable, the source cable stations are likely sending out an analog SD signal to the cable and satellite service providers) signal until their audience starts to complain about the poor PQ. And that typically happens when the audience starts using newer technology TVs that emphasis the poor quality of the broadcaster's content. No complaints, no incentive to improve.