Originally posted by Blitzburgh
Most claim that Armstrong has made so much progress that they're now ahead of Comcast. Would you Comcast customer's agree? If so, why...if not, why not?
More importantly, I've been told that with respect to picture quality and sound, that cable's "digital" channels are as good or better than DirecTV but that the lower end channels are not as good. Would you folks at Comcast agree/disagree with that assessment?
Programming/hardware cost appear to be about equal so, for me, it comes down to quality of picture and 5.1 digital sound. Is cable as good/better/worse than DirecTV?
To begin, all of my comparisons will be with my "old cable company, ATT," Dish Network (not Direct TV), and Comcast, (not Armstrong). Also, I will quickly add that all comments are MHO's, and many will no doubt disagree which is their right.
About 4 years ago I wanted more than standard programming and tried the digital technology of ATT. The basic tier was terrible and nothing of value was on the few digital channels. What it did was make me want more and I jumped to Dish. Yes, it was certainly clearer (cleaner is a better term). It seemed like a great deal at the time.
Then I got the Hitachi HD and needed another receiver, more wiring, another dish for HD TV, and more money added to the bill. After several years of this, I became restless. Yes, I had CBS (NY), but not the other networks, with little hope of change. I also grew tired of rain fade, snow removal, and pulling the smart card to hard boot, the cure for all errors on Dish Network. My equipment was becoming quickly obsolete and I no longer had my original serviceman.
Then Comcast said the magic words, "We have HDTV!" It included WTAE which I wanted badly, but not KDKA. Question, are you feeling lucky? I took the chance and have never been happier. First of all, Comcast gave me a heavy duty drop to bring up my signal strength. This group suggested not using the Motorala tuner, but my Hitachi, for the low end analog channels. A smart move for they are now sharper than Dish's. Maybe not quite a "clean" but sharper. There is no doubt about that. Moving into the digital channels, they are also as clean and sharp as Dish, and in many cases sharper!
Now the HD part. I had on Dish, CBS, HBO, and Discovery for my comparison. HBO HD is a draw on picture and DD 5.1. But the non HD HBO channels are sharper than Dish.
Back to HD comparisons. Discovery was the benchmark on Dish that I see on rivaled on PBS. Equal? Tough to say, but I can add that I grew weary of paying $8/month to see insects close-up. PBS will have a greater variety now that the loop is over. WTAE is very sharp and just about all is DD 5.1. Not quite as sharp as CBS NY was, but it is not the same network or the same encoding. Apples vs oranges.
You in Armstrong will have all locals upon connection, not praying like me for more. Is Armstong better than Comcast? As long as you have more HD than I do, yes. Would I say cable HD is better than satellite. Yes, it is generally cleaner and has the same sound quality. MHO