"If we are reading in this thread about SD picture quality not living up to the expectations of Videotron subscribers, can we agree that this disappointment only happens when there is a need to constantly change a large number of a frame's pixels (sports)?"
This is exactly what i was refering too. The weakness in the image is most prevelant during fast movement in scenes. Sport, drama, news shows, you name it, all have some degree of fast movement as described by CarlJF. With this level of quality, I believe that my experience with digital cable has soured due to false advertizing.
I never assumed "digital" would be better than analogue just because it was digital, but these guys advertize in their panflets that the image is DVD quality. Well that may be true in the sense that it has the same number of pixels, if they are all compressed and bleeding into each other to create a fuzzy image it really urks me. I consider myself rather tech savy, and if they fooled me into getting it, I can only imagine what Joe Bloe is expecting. There is no way they should be able to sell this product as DVD quality PQ when my own tests with analogue are blatently obvious with regards to analogues superior PQ. Compared to my DVD player? It doesn't even come close. It really is BS.
I am really wondering if i would have a similar experience with a satalitte provider knowing what I have learned from the Kaphyr links. My initial impression is that it is pretty poor as well from what I have seen at other's homes but I cannot be sure unless the test environment was my own (same STB, cables, TV etc...)
Thanks to all on your input on this matter. It is greatly appreciated. I can only recommend to others, that if you take the HD plunnge, you should consider how much of HD you will be watching relative to SD knowing what we discussed above.