Found the resolution so poor on this one that I jumped over to the CBS college ball game just to ensure my HDTV section hadn't gone on the blink. Don't know what HBO had in mind. I've seen digital cable from Time Warner here with more 'crispness', to use a loose term. (Yes, I'm firmly in the camp that says HDTV should have more picture detail than DVDs. And digital cable, locally at least, can match DVD picture quality.) I tuned in to this movie, among numerous other good choices, because I thought it was 1080i. I switched away after a few minutes. Used Time Warner's SA2000HD cable converter into my Philips 64PH9905. -- John
I noticed lots of artifacting in low contrast flesh tones (shadows under chins or along hairlines).
Look for this sometime. I think DirecTV is compromising HBO-HD's quality with compression or something. Seems the artifacting (in reds and low contrast flesh tones) comes and goes. Look real closely along hairlines and under peoples chins in the shadows.
When the artifacts are present you will see "grainy" red and green "gunk" in these areas.
Maybe my SAT-HD100 and KP-51HW40 is just more sensitive and brings out these defects ... But I can say that I did NOT observe any at all during the FL/FSU game on CBS. And after 2 weeks of having this setup I've seen them come and go on the SAME HDNet material.
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