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Question What SOURCE (Directv, Fios, etc) provides thee BEST 1080i broadcast picture QUALITY?

It just seems as if there should be a researched topic on thee BEST source (not counting OTA/antenna) for BEST picture quality of broadcast material, i.e. 1080i/720p. This is especially important to me in order to maximize a 2K source to feed to a 4K TV to get "upconverted." I have heard that Directv signal is less compressed and maybe a higher bitrate than say FIOS, or some of the cable companies.
Is there a researched study of head-to-head providers, and if so, what are the results? This ought to be well-known, but not a lot, other than individual opinion, is out there, to my knowledge.
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Is there a researched study, not that I am aware of. Too many variables. It all depends on your service provider, service area, etc. Your "best" source would be OTA (less compression) but that has caveats as well (location, interference, roof mounted vs attic antenna, etc). We have legacy Comcrap for local HDTV stations only (1080i) and it looks really good upconverted to 4k by our LG 65 C8 (OLED) and our older LG LCD (which is 1080 only), but then there are only 2 other houses "sharing" the box on our property and our speeds are fast and consistent. All you can do is try whatever is available to you in your area and see if it meets your needs and expectations.

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Having used Comcast & FIOS, the latter easily has better PQ. Plus, unlike Comcast, they still carry 3D and HBO 3D. If Fios is available to you, go with them.
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