[Tig] Post cable bliss
craig at optimus.com
Fri Nov 23 22:46:54 GMT 2012
I use Vudu as well, also have a Boxee which gets over the air TV, plus plays back any format including MKV, plus sees Apple TV, and any media on my network. I adore both it and my Roku.
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On Nov 23, 2012, at 4:41 PM, John Tissavary <jt at traktionfilms.com> wrote:
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> 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:
>> Sohonet www.sohonet.co.uk sponsors the TIG.
>> Support from Digital Vision www.digitalvision.tv
>> 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 Pickett
>> Freelance Colorist
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