Does anyone know what format they are currently transmitting? My Samsung box is allowing me to stretch 4-1 but it doesn't allow me to stretch 2-1 or 5-1. 2-1 is 720p and 5-1 is 1080i so I've figuring that 4-1 is a lower res format but my STB doesn't tell me what.
One good thing is that for an SD signal it's a very good quality picture. Has WSMV given any estimates on when it would start to pass HD?
If they haven't gone HD yet, they should still be transmitting at 480i. I believe NBC does 1080i for HD stuff, but they still do 4:3 on several programs, while ABC and CBS do 16:9 on all their HD shows.
OK, I figured it was probably 480i due to my STB's different treatment of the stretch modes but there didn't seem to be anyway for me to verify it.
It sure is a good looking 480i. If only the SD cable broadcasts were as good!
On a somewhat related issue... I've noticed that FOX and UPN on Comcast cable have noticeably worse pictures than ABC/CBS/NBC on Comcast. Is this a Comcast problem or do the FOX/UPN stations broadcast a lower quality picture? Anyone know?
It may have something to do with how Comcast receives the picture and rebroadcasts it, since the 3 big networks seem to broadcast much stronger signals than the other stations. It seems to me that CBS, ABC, and NBC look worse over cable than the other networks, because Comcast thinks it's a good idea to broadcast local channel 2 on cable channel 2, so you get a phase problem and a shadow on the picture. Check out the difference between NBC on digital cable and NBC on the DTV OTA channel. I think the digital OTA channel looks 100 times better.
I would too, but I know that a company as warped as Meredith could try to get Comcast to pay for the privlege, which might keep it off. Keeping my fingers crossed ... Law & Order is one of the few television shows I watch.
Originally posted by Larry in TN ... I've noticed that FOX and UPN on Comcast cable have noticeably worse pictures than ABC/CBS/NBC on Comcast. Is this a Comcast problem or do the FOX/UPN stations broadcast a lower quality picture? Anyone know?
I was checking out Fox and UPN OTA. Even with a solid signal lock the picture is FAR worse than SD on ABC, NBC, and CBS. Don't know why.
fox/upn/wb are only upconverting thier analog signal, not broadcasting a purely digital feed. that is why they appear worse than the other channels that don't do an upconvert from the feed. This is what I gathered from the Fox engineer. They are planning to have everything in place for full digital feeds in March.
Apparently it is costing these networks about 5k a month to broadcast full power DTV, which is why some stations are not broadcasting at full power. Must be a lot of power consumption going on in those antennae.
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