We are keeping eye on all the Codec developments, and I can tell you this.
Your beloved VC1 still does not look as good as the latest version of AVC ... and that is the universal opinion of every top encoding expert I know of my friend....at least those that do not work for Microsoft that is.
No offense, but unlike you, these folks do this for a living so I gravitate toward their opinion over yours. Sure, VC1 looks very good given enough bit rate, and for low bit rate cable cast it may actually be more efficent than AVC. However, that does not make it better. VC1 still appears to still have issues with the black levels so, in our opinion, it is not the reference standard for high performance entertainment.
Also, MPEG-2 properly encoded at a High Bit Rate looks great regardless of what you think you know....I know what I see.
According to your earlier posts, you were boycotting this title because it did not use VC1. With that said, you have bashed it out of the gate without ever having seen it in the past.
You are entitled to your opinion of course, but you are only losing credibility every time you bash titles that do not use VC1 .... and more so when you bash titles you have never seen.
Originally Posted by rdjam
Hmmm, could be the analog VGA connect, but I have never seen any broadcast or satellite HD come close to top discs from either HD DVD nor Bluray (the good ones, that is).
The only thing I've seen on HD DVD that looks like what I've seen on satellite or cable is the Chronos disc, which suffers badly from using Mpeg2 on a single layer disc.
King Kong is one of the best transfers I've seen on HD DVD, truly makes you feel like it is 3D, but if your analog setup is a bit fuzzy, this could possibly hurt the overall effect, since much of that impact comes from how sharp the PQ is..