So I give it to MTS, with Bell being a very close second, and Shaw lagging behind. I used to have screenshots showing just how horrible the macroblocking was on Shaw during sporting events and any action scene in any show on any channel. I'll try and dig them up.
A little hard for me to rate pricing as I am on a year long promo from MTS . I would definitely say of all the providers that I have seen the picture quality in HD on Shaw Direct seems to be the best.... but their horrible PVR finally pushed me over the edge and the MTS PVR has been outstanding.
I have no direct experience with HD on anyone other than MTS, I have noticed though that HD quality varies from channel to channel, program to program and day to day, even with the same type of programming on the same channel!
Knowing that sporting events are an excellent test of HD quality I looked at an HD NFL game on FOX shortly after getting the service in December 2009. It looked like crap compared to TLC HD. Watched another NFL game on FOX a couple weeks later and the quailty was significantly better.
Based on this experience with a single provider, it is likely near impossible to compare two services in terms of quality.
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