Originally Posted by R11
Not unusual for different people with different providers in different areas of the country to experience variations in PQ. Both shows being on the same channel would seem to rule out network distribution factors though and even local subchannel differences. When I watched this week's ep of Alcatraz I paid extra attention to the PQ and the only muted colors and murky blacks I saw were during the "flashback" sequences which of course are purposely desaturated to near monotone for effect. Otherwise the color/contrast levels looked fine. Not ridiculously over boosted like some shows these days, but quite natural. And I didn't think the levels on Touch were bad either, but it was soft and grainy looking throughout like a 16mm look...
I have found that Fox has the greatest variation in broadcasts compared to other networks. Take American Idol
for example, the PQ on that show is absolutely stunning in most shots, with warm and vibrant colors, deep blacks, strong contrast, accurate flesh tones, and exemplary details (especially facial details revealing every pore, mole, wrinkle, etc.) Then you have broadcasts such as Touch
which are much more *inconsistent* (and I'm not just referring to stylistic choices like the flashback scenes in Alcatraz
I did watch Touch
again last night and the PQ wasn't as stellar as I had remembered the first time I viewed it, but it still had more appreciable depth and better details (again, especially in facial textures) than what is found in Alcatraz
. I should point out that I watch a considerable amount of Blu-rays and I'm a regular contributor on the Blu-ray PQ Thread (where I give reviews), so I am inclined to be more critical than the average viewer.