|reply to runzero |
Re: What a surprise...
then you'd be suprised that there are cable providers in this country, that have HD quality worse than heavily compressed mpeg on iptv.
U-verse uses roughly 5.7 Mbps H.264 compression. Cable is 12-14 Mbps MPEG-2. Let's assume U-verse's H.264 encoders are roughly 1.5x more efficient than MPEG-2. That's still ~8.5 vs 12 Mbps in 'MPEG-2 equivalent' terms.
Unless you know a cable provider doing 4 HD to 1 QAM, U-verse is the absolute rock bottom in terms of picture quality. Some providers do just 2 HD to 1 QAM, in which case U-verse looks even more crappy in comparison.
Mediacom has crap hd which is rural provider with old aged wires and infostructure.
From what I've read, they use 2 HD to 1 QAM. If you think their HD is crap... well, consider moving to Europe.
I don't have to go that far. Comcast gets a lot better HD! RCN maybe even better!