Originally Posted by richeydog
The white line has been there for a while. It's probably KSEE's(nbc) fault.
Regarding the softness issue, have you checked the menu to make sure your set top box is displaying 1080i? When comcast installed the box in my home, it was set to 480p. I had to physically change it after the cable guy left. Also, i have tried component and hdmi hookups and couldn't tell a difference. But that might be because I only have a small 34" widescreen crt.
Although I haven't compared it OTA, I think Comcast HD is pretty sharp. The only thing that beats the picture quality of cable is my HD DVD player.
The "white line" is KSEE's doing. When doing SD on the HD channel (as in local news, daytime & 7-8 pm programming or when someone forgets to hit the HD switch after primetime commercial breaks), it appears that the image is not centered properly. The lines that are seen are actually part of all broadcasts, but normally are unseen (overscanned). Have noticed that the time/temp info also sits lower on the HD channel during the KSEE news than it does on the SD ("analog" if you will) version.
Biggest issue with KSEE's SD on the HD channel seems to be that the image is vertically "squished" a bit as well as sitting lower in frame. Pre-WGA strike, I had set my D* DVR to record SCRUBS (the only non-HD primetime show we watch) on KSEE's SD channel to avoid the lines/squish.
All of this seems to have coincided w/ KSEE's HD "upgrade" (when they went DD 5.1 for audio) around mid-year 2007.
Comcast HD always looked fine in Fresno. Compared to what folks in other cable markets say, it sounds like Fresno has one of the better cable markets in terms of bandwith available.
Really, HD PQ stayed basically the same when I went w/ D*. It was my growing Comcast bill & lack of several desired HD channels that led me to dump them for D*.
Biggest plus, though, is that much of D*'s new HD (& local HD from what I hear) are in MPEG-4 format. While I can't say it's a marked improvement in PQ, shows do eat up less DVR space & can be rewound "live" much farther back.
With Comcast, I had about a 15 minute "rewind" memory buffer with all HD channels. Via D*, I get around 60 minutes.