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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 2011-11-19, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
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Is Fibe 720p?

I've been reading for a while now and never found the definitive answer - are fibe channels downscaled to 720p the way they are on bell satellite?

Coming from Rogers, would I expect less compression artifacts on fibe? Or about the same?

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 2011-11-19, 05:50 PM
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Most are 720p. Equatorn looks like 1080i. The sports and movie channels do not have any noticeable artifacting.
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 2011-11-19, 06:58 PM
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I was told the boxes will only do 720 and not 1080i.

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 2011-11-20, 08:23 AM
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I saw a demonstration of the service. The rep demonstrating the boxes had to select either 720p or 1080i as output. Not sure if there is a pass thru option similar to what is on the rogers box or if you have to have either one and if the program is 720p the box will upscale.
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 2011-11-20, 10:28 AM
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from what I tested, you can set it to either 720p or 1080i and the box will upscale to the selected resolution.

now, whether or not the shows/channels are broadcast/stream in 720p or 1080i and also what's the bit rate is another... I'm curious too.
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 2011-11-20, 11:40 AM
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What is broadcast is outlined in the following FAQ, as is what the service providers provide. Bell converts everything to 720P for Sat, so I'm suspecting the same for Bell IPTV.

I'm not sure if anyone has access to the diagnostics of the STB, but the incoming information is often shown there, but it's STB/firmware specific.

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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 2011-11-23, 10:27 PM
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When the technician came to install Fibe tv, he told me to set it at 720p, especially when watching sports or action movies. I told him my tv is Plasma and I have no problem setting my tv to 1080p. I know most LCD tv lag less with 720p when watching sport or action movies.
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 2011-11-24, 07:09 AM
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When I spoke to Bell a few years ago, they told me 1280x720p encoded in MPEG4 at between 5 and 7 Mbps.

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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 2011-11-29, 02:08 PM
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LCD's don't lag more or less depending on the resolution. The pixel has no idea whether you're sending it 480i, 720p or 1080i.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 2011-12-01, 09:36 AM
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dobyblue, he might be talking about image processing lag, not pixel response time. It's not unreasonable to imagine that deinterlacing the 1080i signal for display by the LCD might lag a few frames while the 720p could be displayed as soon as each frame is received. Of course this only matters if the audio is not delayed to compensate, which might happen when you're using a home theater setup instead of the TV speakers. It also affects gamers, which is why some TVs have a "game mode" to disable as much image processing as possible to reduce the lag.
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