[Tig] Post cable bliss

John Tissavary jt at traktionfilms.com
Fri Nov 23 22:41:26 GMT 2012

Try VUDU in HDX mode on your Roku - you'll be amazed at how good it looks.
 Still compressed, but leaps and bounds better than Netflix.


John Tissavary
owner | colorist | e.p.


On Fri, Nov 23, 2012 at 4:27 PM, Dave Pickett <pickettscharge at hotmail.com>wrote:

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> For the first time since college circa '92 I view my television via
> antenna and it's shockingly good.  I just moved into a new home in Atlanta
> and decided to give Comcast the heave ho.  I have 60" Panasonic plasmas in
> our living room and bedroom and feed my coaxial DA from an RCA antenna I
> purchased for $40.  It can be installed outside or in the attic and in my
> case, the basement has worked just as well.
> I have told my wife that I am still shocked a month after we switched at
> just how much better digital broadcast, at least in my area of Atlanta,
> looks than any cable or streaming service.  Gone are the ubiquitous
> compressed pixel blocks absolutely wrecking the signal.  That stuff was
> ludicrous and made me dismay at what was being done to our craft to get it
> into living rooms.  Granted my wife can't tell the difference (same old
> story) but it's nice to know that digital broadcast offers anyone in reach
> a nice picture just by turning their set on.
> The audio quality is still unknown.  The speakers on board the bigger
> plasmas are clearly window dressing in anticipation of wiring into some
> sort of theater speaker set up.  I havent gotten that far in the new house
> and have two babies anyway so not much tolerance for sub woofers.
> I had been thinking for sometime that TV as I knew it was toast.  How long
> would viewers choose to pay for an over compressed bundle of channels when
> they could pay a la carte from any number of services.  But seeing this
> makes me wonder if TV might just return to its humble roots of broadcast
> for the betterment of viewing.  If enough viewers get this quality of
> signal for $0 a month I would think they would be happy to stop paying
> Comcast, Time Warner et al.  Comcast tried to lure me back with "more
> channels than you get now for only $60 a month" which is clearly a company
> out of touch with value.  And don't forget the lease fees for our HD
> receiver and DVR.  And don't mind the artifacts, your wife doesn't see
> them.  Yes you miss out on HBO and other premium channels but there are
> other ways to get that in a non-linear fashion.
> We opted for Roku for streaming to augment a Netflix subscription.  So my
> monthly bill to Comcast is $25 for coaxial broadband internet (old bill was
> north of $200).  The Netflix is $8 a month and I think the Roku was a one
> time $99 with options for more subscriptions.  Alas the video quality from
> Roku via HDMI gets a D.  But you would think it a B next to cable.  Its
> only when an antenna delivers an uncompressed signal that the streamers and
> cable companies look like what they are, amateur compressionists with a key
> to the gate of content.
> Who knew?
> Dave
> Dave Pickett
> Freelance Colorist
> Atlanta
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