>From: "John Willkie" <johnwillkie@xxxxxxxxxx> >To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> >Date: Thu, 22 Jul 2004 14:16:29 +0100 > >Is cable still an intermediary in your viewing situation? Might be >affecting things a bit. > >John Willkie Cable IS an intermediary, but all that Cox is doing is demodulating & demultiplexing the ATSC transport stream and remodulating the HD program stream (without the secondary SD program) onto QAM. When, for example, the local broadcaster has a hiccup -- as reported by OTA viewers in my area -- the Cox cable retrans has the same hiccup. Cox is not doing any video processing or re-encoding of the broadcasters' bits. Their retrans consent agreements probably don't allow that even if Cox wanted to do it. -- Frank >-----Original Message----- >From: opendtv-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx >[mailto:opendtv-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Eory Frank-p22212 >Sent: Thursday, July 22, 2004 9:57 PM >To: 'opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx' >Subject: [opendtv] Re: 20040722 Thundering Thursday Thanks (Mark's Mon >day Memo) > > >>From: Keith Jack <Keith_Jack@xxxxxxxxxxxx> >>To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx >>Date: Thu, 22 Jul 2004 12:43:26 -0700 >> >>There are many local stations that already pull bit rate from HD program in >>order to include a SD version and/or to send data. Did anyone notice when >>it >>happened? > >I certainly notice! Our local ABC affiliate multicasts 1 HD + 1 SD program >(ironically, the same program) and our PBS affiliate also does 1 HD + 1 SD >(different programs). I don't have access to the original full bitrate HD >streams, so I can't do an A/B comparison. > >But I can definitely see that ABC HD and PBS HD don't look nearly as good as >CBS, Discovery or any of the other HD channels I get. > >Perhaps more to the point, even my wife and kids notice this. They don't >work in this business and haven't spent countless hours examining video as I >have. Untrained viewers DO see the difference! > >Of course, content rules. But all other things being equal, they (and I) >would rather watch the prettiest pictures than the "pseudo-HD." > >-- Frank ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.