Originally Posted by Stan54
I would like to know the reason for the quality difference between American and European television. It goes way beyond more channels (spectrum and band useage) on the American system. The pictures that Urba sends are the closest thing you will ever see to being perfect. I have to get the images out of my memory prior to looking at television here.
I think its because, in general, in Europe, the channel is sent out as a relatively high rate h.264 stream, and then passed on to the consumer as is. In the US most channels are now distributed in h.264 as well, in very good quality. But then either the cable-co or network affiliate get their grubby hands on it and transcode it to MPEG-2. Both DBS companies (Dish and Direct) use h.264, but they cram in a whole bunch of channels into each transponder. I know Dish is 8 or 9 channels per 40mbps transponder, which just doesn't cut it.