Originally posted by etoop
Here in Mpls ABC (hubbard) is only requiring Comcast not to compress the crap out of the signal.. And Comcast is refusing. They aren't asking for Money... Just that the Comcast Subscribers get the FULL signal. Comcast is bad!
Your statement is absolutely incorrect. Please don't make statements which are false as if they were true.
Comcast does not compress HD signals. A 256 QAM slot allows for 38.8 Mbs and Comcast puts two HD channels in each slot-- allowing for 19.4 Mbs per HD channel.
Comcast establishes direct fiber feeds to the local station's signal so that is does not have to pluck it off the air, and the quality from everyone who has done a true A/B comparison is that Comcast is equal (or even better if the viewer has geography, weather or other interference problems with OTA).
Please tell us what the source of your information is regarding the negotiations between Hubbard and Comcast. Then we can judge how reliable your supposed information is. However, the fact that you say that Comcast compresses its HD signals already casts your information in doubt.
(P.S. Here is a scenario which does not directly involve an exchange of money between Comcast and Hubbard:
Hubbard may be asking for Comcast to agree to carry all its digital signals if and when it multicasts. For example, even if Hubbard's ABC station has only one digital channel now-- no multicasting-- it may be asking Comcast to sign a contract that requires Comcast to carry all multicast channels if and when Hubbard starts multicasting.
But perhaps Hubbard is refusing to tell Comcast what those multicast channels might be-- 24 hour weather, 24 hour infomercials, 24 hour shopping channel, 24 hour something else with no redeeming value. In which case, Comcast says forget it... we'll agree to carry a value-added multicast, but not a whatever-Hubbard-wants-it-to-be multicast.
So, assuming that to be what is going on, you should thank Comcast for preserving picture quality. Because if Hubbard could sell 24 hour infomercial multicasting and thereby reduce HD picture quality, it would-- and automatic cable carriage would only help it do that.)