|Originally posted by robertawillisjr|
I am disappointed with:
All of the Law and Order programs (which I watch regularly), Raymond, Alias, Crossing Jordan (sometimes), and a few other situation comedies that whose titles I can't recall right now. I can't make up my mind about Without a Trace.
The following programs look pretty good to me:
Both CSI's, Becker, George Lopez and the program that precedes it, Boomtown, JAG, ER, some of the Disney ABC broadcasts.
I am not refering to qualiy of content; only my perception of picture quality. I am one that will often watch a program on regular cable over a HDTV program if the content is better. Of course, I want both quality HDTV and content.
One thing to keep in mind is many of the programs you list are on NBC. I do believe that most of the last month they suspended HDTV broadcasts due to the war. So you weren't actually watching HD during that time.
Most sitcoms really don't look much better in HD. For me they have a "richer" color to them and obviously clearer, but not the "wow" factor. And really, that's to be expected. Sitcoms aren't high quality to begin with in general. Also note that many sitcoms are not in HD yet either. Check this page each week to see what programs are in HD: http://www.hdtvgalaxy.com/broad.html
For me, ABC is the best looking of the bunch. Alias and Dragnet on Sunday nights are the only programs I'll watch live over the Tivo becuase they look so dang good. Waaaayyyyy better then the SD broadcast. Now CBC does look great, when it comes in. See, they have a low power antenna and it pixelizes a lot. We have another station that the engineers mess it up all the time because they don't know what they are doing. Actually watching the local station on DirecTV looks better!
Anyway, it really all comes down to your perception and that's really what counts, not what we say. But, make sure the programs actually are broadcast to you in HD. Not all stations do and not all stations do it right (even if the network itself is).
By the way, what type of antenna do you have and how far away from the towers do you live? It can really have an effect on your signal strength and picture quality as well. What kind of HDTV set do you have? It might need to be calibrated.