Originally Posted by drewwho
That sounds somewhat surprising. Are you sure it wasn't just a consequence of different picture settings on different inputs?
In the whole time I lived in Cary, I never noticed any PQ difference between QAM and ATSC. The only difference I noticed was when TWC would re-shuffle the QAM channels, and all my QAM recordings would fail. That's why I put up an antenna.
Hmmm... Does DirectTV give you WTVD, or does it give you a different ABC affiliate? WTVD overly compresses the ABC HD signal to make room for its secondary HD subchannel. Nearly any other ABC affiliate will look better. When I lived in Cary, I had an antenna pointing to Greensboro to get the triad ABC (WXLV).
The settings are identical on all three of my HDMI inputs. From what I have seen, cable PQ varies SIGNIFICANTLY from town to town, even street to street. I might just be on a bad section. My friend in Graham has worse PQ on TWC then I ever had, but people in Chapel Hill have pretty nice PQ from what I have seen.
Directv does give us WTVD in Alamance County but only in SD, although I do not receive it anymore because we "moved" to Lexington to be within the 75 miles of Charlotte that Directv provides Bobcats games. I have WTVD and all Raleigh channels (with subchannels and Greensboro subs) OTA via the AM21 tuner. For those who don't know, an AM21 is an add-on box that connects to Directv DVRs that puts OTA signals into your guide and allows you to DVR and tune to them as if they were part of your subscription. Because of the "move" we also have WSOC Charlotte (sadly, only in SD). We have WFMY, WGHP, WSOC (via the "move"), (should have) WTVD, WXII, WGPX, WCWG, WUNL, WUNL-EX, WMYV, and WXLV provided as locals on Directv here. But I add WUNC, WRAL, WTVD, WNCN, WLFL, WUVC, WTNC, WLXI, WGSR, and WRAZ and mostly all subs with the AM21.
I'll agree about the over-compressed WTVD pic. WHY DO THEY HAD AN HD SUBCHANNEL AND THE SAME THING REPEATED IN SD!!???!?! I have never seen WTVD on Directv in HD so I can't comment on that. The thing about WXLV that makes me upset is that they are only HD during network stuff, syndicated is still up-coverted SD. They told me in an email that they were going all-HD this year.