Originally Posted by theslug
Now that Trek is on Amazon Instant Video, I just compared an episode of TNG to the same episode on Netflix, and it's not much better on Amazon. There is a whole lot of noticeable interlacing on the edges of people and objects.
My girlfriend and I have been rewatching The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine via Netflix, and the strobing effect is AWFUL. I define the strobing effect as a weird flickering that's very apparent especially during horizontal camera pans. I'm pretty sure it's the same issue that others are seeing, and it severely detracts from the entire viewing experience.
Out of curiosity, I bought an episode from Amazon VOD for $1.99 -- "The Search, Part I" to be exact (since it features gorgeous visual effects). Low and behold, NO STROBING EFFECT!!
This whole time, I thought it was my TV (Panasonic GT25 plasma) or my player (PlayStation 3) causing the strobing - phew!! Also, my receiver shows Multichannel 5.1 PCM through Amazon VOD, whereas it reports PCM 2.0 upscaled to Dolby PLII on Netflix.
Not to mention, the image quality of the DS9 episode seemed ever-so-slightly sharper on Amazon VOD instead of Netflix. Maybe sharper isn't the right word, but rather, Netflix's quality seemed like they recorded it off of TV back in 1994, while Amazon VOD's seem ripped from the DVD collection. Though, the interlacing is still there on the Amazon VOD, so I don't think ANY source material will fix it.
1. Since the PS3 upscales DVDs, how does TNG or DS9 look when upconverted? Would anyone be willing to take high-quality screen caps of an episode on DVD upscaled and compare it against Netflix and Amazon VOD?
(I am tempted to plop $200 +/- for the DS9 box set, hence the question. Netflix has left me disappointed.)
2. Is there a fix for this strobing, even if temporarily? I've toyed with every setting on the TV and PS3. Unfortunately, nothing seems to fix the strobing.