Originally Posted by Mike52
Thanks for the info. Unfortunately, my wife just can't live without the family channel, oxygen, and lord knows what else feminine. So if I get any HD from Charter, I'll have to add it on top of what I already have. The last time I checked with Charter, I would have to pay for the receiver and for the HD channels...$6,$8,or $10 (whatever) per month more than what I pay know. Between the TV and the high speed modem (which again, my wife just can't live without) I am already paying more than I care to think about.
By the way, how is the reception for our local HD channels; CBS, NBC, FOX, and PBS on Charter? Is the signal terribly compressed? Are there alot of artifacts? Other problems still existing from what some were complaining about earlier this year? I want to watch NCAA boys basketball in HD and it is hard to wait. But then, it would be hard on the budget if I were to get the HD package. My budget is right at its limit as it is. Damn, I may just have to sell the corvette.
Heres the rundown on Charter HD Picture quality:
The only locals available in HD are CBS and NBC..
CBS has some kind of problem, and it has for about 4 months now..Major pixelation during scene transitions, and also during fast moving scenes..The pixelation/artifacting is at its worst during live sporting events..Usually live sporting events are so full of motion artifacts and pixelation they are unwatchable(this channel was incredibly perfect until the day NBCHD was added)..
As far as NBC, that channel features pixelation and artifcating no matter what the source (OTA or Charter)..That channel has been shot dead by the worthless multicasting of Tube TV, and the ultra worthless Weather Plus BS channel..Both channels steal bandwith form the main NBC HD channel..Anything live is totally unwatchable..
As far the rest of the HD channels:
HDNet, HDNet Movies, and Discovery HD all feature very mild pixelation and artifacting during fast motion..
Cinemax HD and TNT HD feature motion artifacting a little worse than the above channels, but not nearly as bad as CBS..
Showtime HD, HBOHD, and ESPNHD are all flawless, totally perfect HD..
So, Charter definately has their problems, but the only huge problem is CBS..
All in all I see see Charter as the way lesser of 2 evils, with Directv being the other evil..
If you forget about the motion artifacting and pixelation, Charter always has a vivid and full of detail picture..Colors and clarity are always brilliant, especially compared to Directv..