Originally Posted by scowl
Come on. You know if American broadcasters were using H.264 they'd still drop the bit rate down to total blurriness. The problem isn't the codec they're using.
That TNT screenshot is actually from a 4 Mbps 720p H.264 re-encode from the original H.264 broadcast source.
The Nickelodeon screenshot is from the raw, untouched 16 Mbps MPEG-2 transport stream.
Nick's encoders must be god-awful to manage to look worse than something with a quarter of the bitrate. I bet if you uploaded the TNT source to YouTube YouTube's re-encoded HD versions would look better than the Nick broadcast.