Re: picture quality on regular channels
I have local channels on both Adelphia and DirecTV right now, and I must say that they are equal or sometimes the cable version is actually a little bit better. But that may be because I live in a newer neighborhood with newer lines in the ground, or because I griped to Adelphia once and they offered to bring out a line amplifier and install it where the cable comes into the house, before the splitter to the different rooms, all for free. It definitely got rid of some picture static, so some may want to ask for it. No downside.
Re: cost between cable locals and DirecTV locals
I end up watching DirecTV locals recorded on my 2 DirecTivos and appreciate that the picture quality plays later (time-shifted) at the same exact quality as originally received by my dish. (Of course, a regular TiVo using a cable source degrades the analog picture through the compression/decompression process, and those TiVos are more expensive with the lifetime subscriptions.) But it wasn't worth my dropping Adelphia totally, because their basic cable on top of PowerLink Internet is $15/month, vs. dropping all cable TV service they increase your PowerLink by $12/month! They have you over a barrel. So for the extra $3 I get the basic cable channels in 2 guest rooms without having to buy satellite receivers for those rooms and pay DirecTV extra for those rooms every month, plus I get Adelphia's channel 6 so I can see the Rockies lose on the weekends. But the cost is higher than I want -- guess I'm addicted to PowerLink and they know it.
Re: Playdoh's comment about DirecTV Internet
I have used Dish Network's Starband internet product at my in-laws' house, and it is about 10-25% as fast as PowerLink. I couldn't stand the latency. But that's for another forum...
Wow, their comment was clueless. The only thing I can think is that they checked out KKTV during the wrong shows, only when they were showing upconverted syndicated or primetime non-HD shows. And when KRDO does start their digital transmissions in November, I guess that will look a little bit better but it most likely won't even be 16x9.
What tests could they possibly do in HD? I thought Fox nationally was just starting to announce that in the future they will move some of their programming from 480p to 720p, beginning fall 2004
FYI: CSU vs. CU on ESPN-HD this Saturday night
If you DirecTV-HD folks weren't aware: http://espn.go.com/espnhd/schedule.html