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South Bend, IN
reply to cypherstream

Re: [X1] Xfinity TV on X1 Platform and X1 Remote Control App!

said by cypherstream:

said by lorennerol:

So I currently have three HD DVRs and one HD receiver in the house. It looks like we're paying Comcast about $30 more per month that I'd be paying DirecTV for their five-tuner DVR, three receivers, better HD quality, and a whole lot more channels, AFTER the two years of discounts ran out.

Aside from the hassle of switching and losing some saved recordings, I'm plum out of reasons to keep chugging long with Comcast.

Anyone see anything I'm missing here??

Nope and if you want to save $10 a month DirecTV for 10 months, we can do refer-a-friend. If truly interested PM me. We both would get that $100 value in bill credits.

My first child is coming soon and I could use all the help I could get. I'm in an unfortunate single income situation right now.


Did you notice a difference in HD picture quality between Comcast and Directv? Also, is there any lag when changing channels with Directv?

Reading, PA


In my opinion I would say that the HD picture quality is better than Comcast. SD picture quality is worse, but HD has much less macroblocking and artifacting, especially during fast motion and around logo's. They are rolling out new encoders (I think manufactured by Erricson) which are more efficient than the older ones. It's MPEG4 so it takes less Mbps to transmit a comparable MPEG2 picture quality. Also less Mbps translates to more efficient storage on the DVR's hard drive. That's great if you have the standard 500GB Hard Drive, but even the Genie DVR has 1TB drive. I'm surpised Comcast's DVR's offer so little space, especially the fact they have to store MPEG2 transport streams (higher bitrate than MPEG4 transport streams).

The latest HD channels on DirecTV like BBC America and DIY are my favorites. I have to say the picture quality is excellent. I only really watch HD and I have SD duplicates hidden from the guide (it's the default). DIY is channel 230 for example, so if i type in 230 or scroll to it, I automatically see it in HD. That's REALLY cool IMO. Now when the in-laws come to visit, they are watching HD. Before with Cable they would always put the wrong channel on since cable operators have that wacky channel numbering scheme with HD content hidden way high up in the guide that people don't even make it up that far when browsing.

Reading, PA
reply to kb1


It's true with any Sat provider, there is some lag when changing channels. It's the nature of the technology. Digital TV was slower than Analog TV in channel surfing, and Satellite is a little slower due to the receiver communicating with the dish telling it what sat to tune, what transponder frequency, polarity, and the sat tells the receiver what frequency it downconverts on. Then the receiver gets the stream and has to separate the program stream from it and run it through the decoder.

I would say channel to channel your looking at 2 - 3 seconds. I haven't old school channel surfed in awhile though. With so many channels, even with cable I normally would bring up the guide and browse it. I find something I like in the guide and tune to it and thats that.

Do I miss the old days of analog TV when the Jerrold cable boxes were milliseconds between channel changes? Sure. But that technology and A/V quality was so dated and there was little capacity for everything we have out there today.



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Comcast this is what a proper HD Channel Guide looks like-


Why not now?
Pittsburgh, PA

said by turnerbrewer:

Comcast this is what a proper HD Channel Guide looks like-


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