Originally Posted by rich3fan
Don't you have to pay extra to get HD channels from the cable companies? And that's... 30 additional highly compressed
Most channels on Verizon are highly compressed too. There just isn't a whole lot of networks that provide a feed with a bitrate higher than 13 Mbps. Most cable companies don't even have to re-compress these channels since they're sent to them at a bitrate that is already pitiful. Of course some do still act stupid and re-compress for no reason. I've heard one Comcast subscriber report that their AMC HD is 13 Mbps; so Comcast obviously re-encoding the master 8 Mbps MPEG-2 feed to a higher bitrate for some pointless and stupid reason.
Time Warner includes the HD counterparts of everything in your package at no extra charge. And from my examination of Time Warner Cable's channels, they do not seem to be re-encoding the feeds. AMC HD is 8 Mbps on Time Warner; it's 8 Mbps on Verizon. A&E is 18 Mbps on Time Warner; it's 18 Mbps on Verizon. This probably varies by market.
Verizon has a lot of ways to free up some space for new HD additions. Packing the channels they have distributed to them at low bitrates more to a QAM would be a smart way to start. Killing off SD versions of everything with an HD counterpart; rolling out new channels in MPEG-4 and requiring people who want to receive them swap out their old equipment for the new H.264 capable equipment, and so on, and so on...
Verizon's continued lacking of popular channels like Cartoon Network, the Comcast networks, GSN, and more continues to irritate to me when it can be so easily fixed. With Time Warner carrying so many HD channels Verizon lacks in the NYC market I don't see why you'd go with FiOS for TV. They're starting to fall behind when it comes to Internet speeds too... with cable companies now offering 50+ Mbps download speeds for the same price Verizon offers 35 Mbps. Of course they win in upload speed, but still... copper shouldn't be beating this all fiber infrastructure at anything!
Verizon needs to get their **** together and return FiOS to being the prestigious product it was when it was first rolled out.