Wow … rather, I mean … WOW. Comcast’s High Definition programming looks horrible! So bad, I had to write about it. If you are thinking about getting an HDTV and a High Definition programming package, I would strongly recommend you get anything besides Comcast. I mean, I really can’t stress how bad it looked in comparison to DirecTV. If you’re going to pay all that money for an HD DVR, HDTV and the service fees,why get the worst out there?
Here’s what I noticed …
All the Comcast Sports Network feeds are horrible looking. It doesn’t matter whether the feed is 720p or 1080i, they all look blocky, pixelated, and rough … if that makes sense. There are times where it looks like they have taken a standard definition signal and just blown it up to fit the widescreen aspect ration. Needless to say, it looks horrible.
Fast action scenes are even worse. I’m a big hockey fan and the quality of their feed is so bad, you can’t even read the names on the back of their jerseys. Further proof is when you pause the DVR. You can tell they are compressing the heck out of their signal because even when you pause the DVR, the image looks blocky. Either that or they are reducing the bandwidth for that channel which in turn reduces the picture quality.
You can compare the quality of Comcast at this website: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1008271
The sucky part is, DirecTV and other providers simpy rebroadcast the Comcast Sports Network feed because they are the one covering the event. There is no way to make the picture look any better than the way it’s recorded, which is why I sometimes get frustrated when the programming says it’s in High Definition, but it’s Comcasts interpretation of High Definition … which means it looks like crap.
By far, Comcast’s HD quality has got to be the worst I have ever seen. I mean, it’s so bad, I’d say it’s not really high definition. In some cases, it’s marginally better than standard definition. How they call it High-Definition (HDTV) boggles the mind and makes me wonder when the FCC isn’t going to come out with a requirement for what is, and isn’t, considered High Definition.
At best, I’d say Comcast is HD-lite.