Originally posted by jeccleston
Charter's PQ for NBCHD, espnHD, and HDNet are very good, i cant complain but here is my main problem. I bought a 42WE655 3 weeks ago, when i first bought it i had the regular Charter cablebox and the PQ was VERY good i would say better then my 9 yr old sony, very crisp and clear but when i changed to their HD box my PQ has dropped off bigtime. The picture looks "grainy" with letters like the football ticker i have trouble reading the words. Mrs Eccleston is getting alittle upset that we paid good money for a worse picture. HD and DVDs look awesome but regular Digital TV isnt very good. I cant decide if Charter's box sucks or i mess up the main cable wire while i was trying to get my antenna wire thru the wall. I want to get D* hoping the PQ will improve but with X-mas coming i was hoping to hold off till Jan due to the $$$ i will have to spend since i'm not a customer already. I know the problems arent the TV but Charter. Everyone agrees with me after getting the HDbox the PQ is alot worse. I might try hooking up my other regular box or run cable from upstairs to test.
I wouldn't rush out to get DirecTV if you are concerned with picture quality on local stations. I think they have gotten worse over the last 6 months. There is Ringing on the edges, some visible group delay, poor definition overall, and lots of compression artifacts.
Fortunately, most of what I watch is in HD, and I get almost all the stations off-air, so I am not forced to watch the crummy locals via satellite.