Originally Posted by juancmjr
It could be worse. They could use Ion "HD" PQ as the base standard of acceptability.
Regarding ION "HD" picture quality, I happened to see that they were going to air a show I was interested in seeing, a Canadian import called "Durham County", a sort of Twin Peaks-like thriller/mystery. Anyway, recorded the first ep last night and I have to say, it looked plain awful, at times it looked like a really bad YouTube video.
Out of curiosity I got a copy from a P2P site and played it back via the PS3. This is a 350mb file mind you, the PQ blew away the ION presentation, and in fact was much more than just acceptable, on a 73" screen I didn't see any noticeable artifacting and it was a pretty clean and crisp image.
I suspect that ION is running a cropped analog version while the one I downloaded was an HD capture from the Movie Network channel.
That's one less channel I'll have showing in my guide now.