Originally Posted by comcastardly
Has anything changed with regard to OTA channels broadcasting on multiple .1, .2, .3 channels and that multibroadcast detracting from the ability of their primary .1 channel to do fast action sports and detail oriented HD?
Just wondered since our ABC affiliate has added and is advertising their 13.3 crap.... but wonder if it might impact any sports on 13.1, if they ever get anything there worth watching?
The subject is pretty well been covered for Houston but since you are now going full speed OTA. This is an overview of what you will find for Houston OTA HD TV.
11-1, 26-1, and 2-1 are the winners here. Also if you like soccer (or other worldwide sports) 45-1, 47-1, and 67-1 are basically their equal to the English stations in quality picture and sound. All of those are 1080i except 26-1 is 720p. Of course it does vary some in quality depending on location, set-up, distribution etc. For example a lot of the college basketball on 11-1 will have moderate macro blocking but when 11-1 delivered the Super Bowl (previous year) it was as close to Blu-Ray as you could get.
As far as 13-1 goes, might as well forget it. Most refer to it as Fake HD, much of it is SD stretched to wide screen. They are completely unable to process and deliver 5-1 sound. Both 13-1 and 13-2 are 720p (again much of it is blown up SD). The only time that I am aware of that 13-1 produces legitimate HD complete with correctly generated 5-1 sound, is when the broadcast the show called “Motion” (typically only on 13-2 with 2-0 sound processed correctly). The number of times they have broadcast Motion on 13-1 in the last two years has been nil.
Since cable and Satellite will only rebroadcast the local ABC 13-1, there is no improvement to be gained there. I have heard of some, perhaps 200 miles out from Houston, that are able to get WFAA (Dallas) via cable or satellite for ABC which addresses all the picture and sound problems, but those of us in the local Houston market are simply left out.
The higher the quality of your HDTV and sound system the greater the deficiencies in 13-1 become. As the quality of the TV set becomes lower and the sound system quality becomes lower (like built-in flat panel speakers) those differences become invisible or non-audible.
If you are interested in creating short a comparison test of 13-1 with the other stations let me know. One is the comparison of the 5:30PM evening News programs. The other is NASCAR Saturday 13-1 and NASCAR Sunday FOX – using your Sony Box.