I've got AT&T u-Verse in Overland Park. I generally like the service, but I've been extremely disappointed by the poor HD picture quality. It's not as good as Surewest, which is what I had before. Either its the IPTV or the fact that u-Verse wants to allow so many HD streams at once, but they way overcompress the streams. 5-6mbps is Ok for slow scense, but PQ goes to hell when there's a lot of motion, like watching sports. Anything in the background like the field, crowd, etc. gets all blocky. I called the tech out and he told me there was nothing he could do - it's just a result of the compression.
I've been thinking about switching back to Surewest. A CSR told me Surewest is getting whole home DVR "this summer." Surewest's Sacramento market already has this, and they use the same Motorola VIP1216 with Microsoft Mediacenter as u-Verse!
Thus, I'm assuming Surewest plans to start offering IPTV in the KC area, just like Sacramento. I have no idea if they're just going to force that over the current fiber/copper hybrid network, or its going to require FTTH.
I'm hoping this means Surewest may soon be able offer the KC area the same great DVR as u-Verse at maybe a better price, with maybe better HD PQ! I just hope that in converting to IPTV, Surewest doesn't further compress its HD streams the way u-Verse did.
Any of you know anything more about this?