My Issue is with all the boxes, on the standard channels, the picure will appear to have rectangular boxes, around a moving image, as if the picture is tearing or not enough memory has been bufferd before the processor draws the picture to the television screen, all the boxes do this, whenever there is alot of movement,, ie,, water,, or a basketball game. To the point where it is painfull to watch.. This is not Pixalization, the blocks are too big for that, these are approximatley 1/8" tall and bout 1/4" long,, it's very annoying.
Same thing happens with Shaw's digital cable service. It is most noticeable with stuff like moving water, fire, that sort of thing. I'm pretty sure these artifacts are due to lossy compression. Just one of those limitations one has to put up with when going digital. Lowering the amount of compression would probably help reduce the effect. Next best thing is to use a better algorithm. Good luck getting these content providers to realize that though.
you are trying to run CABLE tv via telephone line.
last i checked, i've never heard or seen any TV in the history of the world built with a phone jack in the back of it, cable ready via tv line.
there is something called bandwidth that teleco companies cant fix.
it doesnt matter how much fiber the feed the system, the bottom line is at the end of the pipe, it still comes in contact with a phone line and that just kills all your speed and quality.
That sounds relatively correct. Still... The nice thing is that unlike digital cable, users of DSL don't have to share bandwidth with each other. Each line is dedicated as far as I know, and it can show depending where you live.
All this is actually interesting, because I recently watched a PBS special about the history of telecommunications, and it included how the power of total internal reflection was harnessed. It is really amazing just how much bandwidth one single strand of optical cable, about the width of a human hair, can carry with todays technology (about 10 gigabits per second). Totally blows copper wire away. Imagine, if you will, a massive bundle of copper wire around 10 feet in diameter. That is what it takes to equal one of those strands of fiber optics. Totally blew me away when they showed an example of that by having a person stand next to one while holding some optical fiber. Apparently, the bottleneck ends up being the hardware at both ends. All that data flying around has to be compressed, decompressed, routed, error corrected, etc. The delays, while very small individually, really add up. Anyways, I have no doubt that this is the future of content delivery, as the bandwidth for HD is definitely there and ready for use. Just a bunch of bugs to work out really. I don't work in this field, so feel free to correct me on anything I've said that may be wrong.
Actually, it works different then cable and digital cable. Please correct me if I am wrong people, but that is my understanding on how it works.
I actually live right next to the DSLAM, so latency is minimal and speeds are fast. Even with short delays when changing between channels, I doubt I would be bothered too much. It's the boxes constantly freezing up I keep reading about that is making me hesitate. I record a great deal of TV shows using a Toshiba PVR, so that the wife and I can watch them over the weekend at our leisure, which we delete when were done. Sounds like we would end up missing a lot without being there to babysit the decoder box constantly.
This is so sad. I was really looking forward to switching from Shaw to Sasktel and getting all those lovely HD channels for our new 1080p HDTV. Guess it's time for apartment living to come to an end, finally buy a house so I can get one of the satellite services. With our level of debt it has been hard to come up with a decent down payment, hence why we're still stuck where we are today. Too bad these satellite companies don't push harder to make their services available to folks like us, as I'm sure there is a lot of money to be made in that area.
I think the problems SaskTel is having rolling out HD are teething pains. They are attempting something right on the bleeding edge --delivering high end IPTV over a hybrid of fibre and copper wires.
Excellent point. I'm certainly willing to give them the benefit of the doubt, but all these reports are a bit scary, and I so hate being burned (the most recent case involving banding on the Sharp D62U, what a PITA). Plus there is no guarantee that they will be sorted out in a timely fashion. Like painter pointed out about the $100 cancellation fee, once they have you, your theirs. Boss had a good point as well, about how the original Max service still hasn't been fixed after all these years. Sasktel is a good company, or at least I've always felt so. Even so, they are still a business in a cut throat industry, and one has to keep that in mind. Promises are easy to make, and don't cost them anything to make.
I had the HD service form MAX for a while too,, but I simply told them I was not going to pay the $99.00 cancelation fee.
I also told them that if they tried to charge me,, they would have a fight on their hands, and that as far as I was concerned they did not live up to their end of the contract,,, they did not deliver a reliable,,nor quality signal.
Well done! Too bad more people aren't as willing as you to stick up for themselves and demand satisfaction. Most often the path of least resistance is to give up, and I'm sure companies know it. That kind of unwillingness is what allows many an underhanded business to go on cheating many good people. Eventually they do get taken down, but usually only after a whole lot of irreversible damage has been done. Wish there were more folks like you in the world.
But for now: subscribe eyes wide open and enjoy the thrill of being a frontier-maker. That's a very Saskatchewanian thing, isn't it?
LOL! It is indeed.