I guess I was thinking we were already in 2006. Silly me.
Well, I thought I would share my perspectives of the CableONE HD service so far. First off, the negatives.
- Audio drop-outs. A couple here and there, but nothing too major.
- During replay, lip-sync issues. This is fairly minor and I only notice it on some material. This might be a programming issue.
- DVR != PVR. The DVR is barely functional.
- The programming guide is pretty bad to worse. 1/3 of the screen real-estate taken up in ads.
- I can't seem to figure out how to remove the unneeded channels.
- There is only 2 days of programming in the guide.
To be fair, I'm comparing this box to my ReplayTV. My ReplayTV is still worth the $10/month tax.
The good things (I did not preview HBO-HD or SHO-HD):
- Into the West was a treat to watch in HD. The presentation of this mini-series was overall pretty excellent.
- Baseball on ESPN is also quite nice. I just wish they had more of the programming in HD.
- TNT's shining light is the Closer. Very good quality all around, except for the presentation of the Matrix which was missing the LFE channel.
- Universal-HD quality is quite good, but the programming is sort of hit or miss. Battlestar Galatica was good while it was on.
Is the CableONE service worth the extra money they are charging? It is about $16/month more than their Limited plan, $10 for the box and $6 for the HD service. Right now, I don't think that it is worth the cost. Of course, there is the potential that they will add more channels to their HD lineup in the future. Scott Geston, the general manager, has promised to put the locals on as soon as they start broadcasting, so that might be another bonus.
If they lowered the cost to about $10 for service and equipment, I might be lured back. We'll see how it goes.
P.S. Thumbs crossed for KVLY, going live tomorrow (8/1).