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I just wanted to hear some updates from some qualified personnel on how Comcast now stacks up against DirecTV. In my experience in the past the picture quality of HD channels on DirecTV was FAR superior to Comcast.


Is this still the case? Has Comcast changed their compression methods?


Also, I now see that DirecTV is providing streaming movies in 1080p. I do not see anything about this on ComCast's site and the customer service rep could not even answer this question.
 

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Originally Posted by McClellan /forum/post/16993233


I just wanted to hear some updates from some qualified personnel on how Comcast now stacks up against DirecTV. In my experience in the past the picture quality of HD channels on DirecTV was FAR superior to Comcast.


Is this still the case? Has Comcast changed their compression methods?


Also, I now see that DirecTV is providing streaming movies in 1080p. I do not see anything about this on ComCast's site and the customer service rep could not even answer this question.

I have a friend with DirectTV in my neighborhood. I have Comcast. Direct works great for him...Comcast also left on his basic cable, just for kicks, we set up a TV on QAM and compared the HD available.(the locals), we couldn't tell the difference, I have always heard the locals aren't compressed, we couldn't directly compare "pay" channels. Maybe it's his DTV package, but he doesn't get the available HD channels that I get.


I'll say this, in bad weather (heavy summer thunderstorms), he doesn't get squat for reception...and he always says the weather info is better on Comcast..local radar, etc...


That said, go with what you like, I think they both offer advantages over the other in some areas. Ondemand vs streaming movies..etc. The decider for me is the superior internet speed I get on cable...DSL in the area is downright slow compared to cable.
 

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The problem with this question is Comcast's quality is going to very from network to network. You'd be better off asking this in a Comcast thread for your viewing area under Local HD Info.


On a national scale, I don't know of anything they've done to change or improve compression methods.
 

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Agree with mjones on this. There is no such thing as "Comcast" when it comes to things like comparing picture quality. There is only "your Comcast". So any comparison you get from people in other areas is going to be of little value.
 
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