Originally Posted by Joe Bloggs
Not usually, they're usually shot at 25 fps. Which BBC productions are you saying are shot at 24 fps?
When I picked up the UK copies of Wonders of the Solar System/Universe, I'm pretty sure they were 1080p24 on the disc. (actually, Solar System may have been 1080i50, and Universe was 1080p24?) It doesn't make any sense for them to shoot 25p when their content is for a worldwide audience. Anything live will be 25p though, but most content such as American Dramas, Films etc is all 24fps native. The majority of content broadcast in PAL regions, even if it's broadcast at 25fps, is 24fps native.
Originally Posted by walford
1440×1080 is 4:3 aspect ratio HD which is used in parts of Europe but not in the US.
It's anamorphic, rather than 4:3. As far as I'm concerned though, "1080p" is 1920x1080 pixels of resolution, though there will be less vertical resolution with wider than 16:9 formats. (it wouldn't make sense to switch to anamorphic 1080p for scope films now)
While 1440x1080 or 1280x1080 are technically "1080p" because they have 1080 lines of vertical resolution, you're having to upscale the image horizontally, which is why I said it's a technicality that they're still considered "1080p".
Originally Posted by Bill
Broadcast quality is definitely better than streaming. I know I watch both.
I won't disagree that it's better, but when you're settling for convenience over image quality, broadcast loses to streaming in my opinion.
Originally Posted by Bill
Those who care about PQ watch OTA. The only difference between Blu-ray and OTA PQ is the bit rate. Broadcasters can send out 1080p 24fps just like Blu-ray if they want.
encoders, which make a massive
difference. Broadcast, just like online streaming, is horribly bit-starved. (that's how they give you hundreds of channels full of nothing worth watching) Broadcast may be better than streaming, but it's still massively behind Blu-ray in terms of image quality and audio fidelity, whether it's "1080p24" or not.
People that care about image quality will be watching Blu-ray, not broadcast.
Broadcast is about convenience, not quality. And if you want convenience, being able to pick what you want to see from a list online and start watching within seconds, beats waiting for a show to come on, or watching a recording that's full of ads. (even if you can fast-forward through them at 32x)
Regardless of your preference, broadcast is falling out of favor with the younger generations, and they have already proven that they have no intention on staying up-to-date when HD content is primarily broadcast in 1080i around the world. It's not like streaming where the limiting factor is home internet connections, but rather they have a limited amount of bandwidth to allocate which is holding them back. I would not expect broadcast to be adopting 4K at all, let alone any time soon, and I really don't see why anyone that cares about image quality enough for 4K resolution to matter, would be watching broadcast to begin with.