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in the content. I have direct tv and much of the content is extremely compressed. Some content in OTA looks great like monday night football but sattelite is disappointing. I heard a couple years ago content looked better. Why are we going downhill. It's like going from CD's to Mp3's. I hear talk of 1080P but can't lowly 720P be done right?
 

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The best is OTA television. Nothing beats it except prerecorded DVHS which at 28mbs will blow you away. I have it and it is unbelievable.
 

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The best is OTA television. Nothing beats it except prerecorded DVHS which at 28mbs will blow you away. I have it and it is unbelievable.
and some cable systems..
 

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and some cable systems..
Yeah, my cable is just as good as the OTA broadcasts.
 

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Cable usually does a better job at transmitting acceptable HD quality than satellite does at this time. In the future, satellite may catch up.


Even on Cox cable, which I have, the HD quality is variable, and some of this is due to the quality of the source material being used by the HD channels. Some HD transfers are better than others. HD versions of old TV shows particularly seem lacking in "richness" of image.
 

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Dave, I give you credit for being able to tell the difference. A lot of people say they can't. Look at the poll at the top of the page.
 

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Dave, I give you credit for being able to tell the difference. A lot of people say they can't. Look at the poll at the top of the page.
Yeah, You need a friend Dave ;)


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I don't think "content" is what this is about. The title should be changed to say "presentation."


"Content" means the quality of the show, the script, the acting. That little difference makes this look even further like the work of an evil troll!
 

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The best is OTA television. Nothing beats it except prerecorded DVHS which at 28mbs will blow you away. I have it and it is unbelievable.


Blu-Ray is even better.
 

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Blu-Ray is even better.
Better than D-Theater? Hmmmm.... yeah, all those vaporware titles in BR sure look hot. :rolleyes:
 

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Blu-Ray is even better.
I've seen BD demos, and I've seen D-Theater. It's way too soon to know if BD will be better.
 

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Blu-Ray is even better.
I'll have to take your word for it since I've never seen it. Of course, Blue Ray content isn't actually available to the public yet....


That being said, what gets demoed and what hits the marketplace are often two completely different things. Once the studios start finding ways to save money on disc offerings, they'll be certain to try to cram just as much crap on a single disc as they can - resolution be damned. In addition, if they master the movie onto an HD format that doesn't offer full horizontal resolution (as many don't), you'll get an image that is no better than the best OTA. Bit rate will be the only saving grace.


I could be wrong (and I hope I am), but when was the last time a corporation's desire to save money resoluted in a higher quality product for the consumer?


I'll believe it when I see the retail product with my own eyes.
 

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D-Theater is my standard reference, nothing comes close, I do expect Blu-Ray to match it or come darn close, after it hits its stride maybe, but that will be a while


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Blu-Ray is even better.
You know what's even better than Blu-Ray? The thing that comes after Blu-Ray.


And what 'til you see what comes after that! Woo boy! :p
 

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The PQ of 25 Mb HD MPEG 2 file on Blu-Ray will look the same as the same file on DVHS (disregarding errors). Same thing with MPEG 4. The quality has more to do with the encoder than the media. 25 Mb seems to be the sweet spot for MPEG 2 HD.
 
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