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Cabal
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Re: Waste of bandwidth without content

I can't imagine going back to 480i, it's so grainy.

(Side note: Our HD content is free, OTA ATSC.)
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skeechan
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Nothing so awesomely "grainy" as over-compressed HD. And in my market, OTA HD looks like dog crap. It is like they degrade or over compress it on purpose so that you buy through the MSO or DBS provider (where they get paid for re-transmission).


n2jtx

join:2001-01-13
Glen Head, NY
reply to Cabal
said by Cabal:

I can't imagine going back to 480i, it's so grainy.

Sadly that is mostly what I watch. This.TV, Antenna, MeTV and COZI all run classic programming and that is all 480i. The few times I switch back to newer programming, I am floored at the HD clarity.
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skeechan
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1-ADAM-12, see the man about an overpriced TV that has no content.


VegasMan
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reply to skeechan
OTA HD looks good as long as there isn't any sub channels, but almost every channel has at least one sub now, there are only a handful that don't.
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skeechan
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In LA CBS and Fox HD OTA look pretty bad.

MURICA

join:2013-01-03
reply to skeechan
Grainy? That's the exact opposite of over-compressed HD. Over-compressed HD has no grain. Grain preservation requires a high bitrate.

MURICA

join:2013-01-03
reply to skeechan
Fox looks bad in every market because it is only 720p.

This is why ABC also looks like shit.


Corehhi

join:2002-01-28
Bluffton, SC
reply to Cabal
You would have loved the glory days of VHS and 26 inch TV's. LOL. 480i is grainy??? LOL.


skeechan
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reply to MURICA
By "grainy" in quotes I meant compression artifacts.


skeechan
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reply to MURICA
Fox looks bad in LA because OTA has bad compression artifacts, not because it is 720P. It is like they make it look bad on purpose. Sports programming looks particularly bad.