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stev32k
Premium
join:2000-04-27
Mobile, AL
kudos:1
Reviews:
·Mediacom
·DIRECTV
·AT&T Southeast
reply to brianiscool

Re: Which Sattelite or Cable company has the best HD?

I can't comment on U-verse but I have had Mediacom, Comcast, Charter, and directv. I'm not real picky about picture quality so all the cable company pictures were okay with me, but the Directv HD picture quality is really outstanding. I thought all the cable companies had good picture quality until I got Directv and was surprised at how much better HD looked.


DaMainMan

@charter.com
In my experiences, picture quality-wise, FiOS HD is the king... Its stunningly clear, with DirecTV coming in a close 2nd. Charter, Cox, and Comcast all look like garbage compared to Fios and DirecTV. I have not seen Dish Network picture quality.


obeythelaw
Premium
join:2003-04-16
Bayonne, NJ
Reviews:
·Verizon FiOS
reply to brianiscool
I've never seen Comcast but I have had Directv and I now have my local cable and Directv is way better than my local cable is. I have seen Fios too and think it is on par with Directv. Cable for me is cheaper right now but I still like HD on Directv way better.


Anorexorcist
Premium
join:2005-08-21
Stamford, CT
reply to brianiscool
No question, Dish has the best HD picture when comparing to Direct.
I recently was able to compare Direct and Dish HD side by side. While both images were quite good, Dish had the overall better picture. Either way you go, I can't imagine cable HD would be able to offer a better picture. The only real competition DBS has in regards to HD picture quality is OTA and FiOS.


lilhurricane
Crunchin' For Cures
Premium,Mod
join:2003-01-11
Purple Zone
kudos:57
Reviews:
·Comcast
reply to stev32k
said by stev32k:

I thought all the cable companies had good picture quality until I got Directv and was surprised at how much better HD looked.

Crystal clear


BillRoland
Premium
join:2001-01-21
Ocala, FL
kudos:3
Reviews:
·Cox HSI
reply to brianiscool
I'm curious about this, too. Just about everybody I know puts cable last, but usually they rank DirecTV higher than Dish for HD. I know its a highly subjective topic, but I've been following it with interest as now I've decided to go with satellite, but haven't decided which one.
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"Don't steal. The government hates competition."
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Hall
Premium,MVM
join:2000-04-28
Germantown, OH
kudos:2
said by BillRoland:

I know its a highly subjective topic...

It is and everyone's eyes are different. It's foolish to ask "which is the best". I guess if one wants to compare based on numbers, in theory cable should almost always win. Next would be DirecTV since they transmit at a higher resolution (1920x1080i for 1080i channels) whereas Dish does 1440x1080i for the same 1080i channels. That said, can people see the difference ? Probably not....

Also, too many people with Dish will say "Dish is the best"; people with DirecTV will say "DirecTV is the best"; and so on.... How many people have multiple service providers at the same time and compared with the same TV ? You can't compare one service from a year ago to another service today nor can you compare on different TVs since the TV itself is a big factor!


Nuckfuts
Premium
join:2003-10-18
Joliet, IL
In my area I have seen DirecTV in HD, I had DishHD, I currently have U-verse HD and have seen Comcast HD. If I had to rank them it would be DirecTV with DishHD in a close 2nd, Comcast 3rd but still pretty good HD PQ, and U-verse dead last as their signal is over-compressed and pixelated junk. I just ordered DirecTV today and am looking forward to seeing awesome HD PQ again!!!


BillRoland
Premium
join:2001-01-21
Ocala, FL
kudos:3
Reviews:
·Cox HSI
I had DirecTV installed last week. The HD is far superior to what I was getting with Cox (on the same TV, so I'm doing an apples to apples comparison).
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"Don't steal. The government hates competition."
Beyond AM. Beyond FM. XM


Hayward
K A R - 1 2 0 C
Premium
join:2000-07-13
Key West, FL
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reply to Hall
said by Hall:

Also, too many people with Dish will say "Dish is the best"; people with DirecTV will say "DirecTV is the best"

Those two are arguable....more about sports particularly NFhelL, but overall cable and Uverse sucks most and most variable... can vary from acceptable to total crap depending on the local system and its management, brand has very little to do with it.

At least with sat it is universal and nation wide consistent .... none of local issues.
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»haywardm.com (Hayward's Key West)


Hayward
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Key West, FL
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reply to BillRoland
said by BillRoland:

I'm curious about this, too. Just about everybody I know puts cable last, but usually they rank DirecTV higher than Dish for HD. I know its a highly subjective topic, but I've been following it with interest as now I've decided to go with satellite, but haven't decided which one.

Again it is the fine line arguable range vs night and day. Usually the deciding factor is if you just MUST have NFL Sunday rip-off in which case DTV is the only choice for another several years until contract is up, and maybe NFL will do something non exclusive with cost much more spread rather than weighing down the shoulders of a few.

Of course likely not, just open it up to all and still charge the same greed cost.
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»haywardm.com (Hayward's Key West)

qworster

join:2001-11-25
Bryn Mawr, PA
Reviews:
·Comcast
·Verizon FiOS
reply to brianiscool
I know that DirecTv uses the newer MPEG-4 for their HD compression. It theory it should be similar (nearly as good) to full bit rate MPEG-2, which is what FiOS uses.

More info: »ezinearticles.com/?MPEG2-and-MPE···=6271470


Nuckfuts
Premium
join:2003-10-18
Joliet, IL
reply to Acohen
DirecTV


Racerbob
Premium
join:2001-06-24
Webster, NY
kudos:1
reply to brianiscool
DirecTV. Huge difference in quality when compared to Time Warner cable.


djdanska
Rudie32
Premium,MVM
join:2001-04-21
San Diego, CA
kudos:4
Reviews:
·Cox HSI
reply to brianiscool
For comcast, it depends if your area went through the world of more. I had comcast and thought it looked as good if not better than my mom's directv system, and i had more HD channels with comcast than she did with directv. (I had something like 110 HD channels at least after the world of more, if not more) If i had to pick between uverse, dish, directv or comcast post-world of more, i would go with comcast.
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