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Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Sparky1234, Feb 27, 2019.
I just wish that MR Brain could have done more to prevent this tragedy.
I rarely watch any subchannels, the only one I watch once in a blue moon is our local PBS. So much new stuff to watch that I can't watch it all. The subchannels are a waste of bandwidth.
Well THAT is weird!
When I was a kid CBS was 7 and NBC was 4. At some point there was a squabble and CBS and NBC swapped places on the dial. It was kind of a big deal as most branding was about the number. Recently there was another squabble with 25 wanting out of Fox and NBC playing chicken with 7 (which also owns 56/cw). Most expected fox to end up on 7 and NBC on 25, but it hasn't really worked out.
Who are the three pay tv providers? Verizon does not serve NH, ME, or VT. Comcast is everywhere. Who is the third?
Part of 128 ring plus Natick and Framingham have RCN, Comcast, and Verizon. There are a few other combinations and a couple of muni cable cos as well, some that are monopolies, others with varying levels of competition.
There's a lot of great TV from yesteryear that gets featured on subchannel networks like Me-TV, Antenna TV, Cozi, etc. And a lot of the older folks who might naturally be more interested in that content may also be less inclined toward streaming. So I do think that there's value in having subchannels. Unfortunately, it's a trade-off in terms of picture quality and number of subchannels carried and we've seen lots of stations go overboard. Rather than having one or two SD subchannels, they have 3, or 4, or 5. Oh well.
I hate to admit it but I love the really horrible Comet channel. Poor PQ and even worse Science Fiction/Horror shows but I love it! LOL
The funny part about some of those old horrible horror shows was how they scared the crap out of us when we were kids!!
For me, it's Heroes and Icons. After that LAFF.
WENH carries PBS and Explore at 720p and World, Create, and Kids at 480i. All look great.
Get the Comet app on Roku to see it in HD!
A movie from 1950 is just the same in 480i as 1080p. Both are funny.
Sinclair also has a new app called STIRR that has live streams of various channels, including Comet, Charge!, and Buzzr, along with a dinky selection of on-demand content.
Broadcast 480i should look DVD quality. But it's so highly compressed, it doesn't even come close. If you watch Comet on the app, everything, even 480i, looks much, much sharper.
I was moving my AVR from Comet channel to my cable feed of Comet. I could detect no change. The signal from Roku was 1080p/60. The cable feed was 480i. The movie was "Prehistoric Women" which was playing while I was doing my last post. The current movie (1988) looks much better on the Roku.
Ok, broadcast AND cable feed is highly compressed. Both look horrible compared to the 480i in the app.
Let me be clear. My Roku Ultra on my internet feed looked the same as my cable tv feed (SD channel) through my Roamio. But maybe I am missing the definition of "app". I am using my Roku's app for Comet, like its Pandora app. Is there a different app? The next movie in this range won't be unit Friday from 1954.
Not sure if it's still running, but the series "Space 1999" looked like youtube on dial-up on OTA, but gorgeous in the app (yes, like Pandora). I'll try and watch tonight for more examples.
This was a terrible show even when it was new.
Older folks can figure out how to stream. Or, if channels are necessary, they belong on cable with the 400 other channels of garbage. Unfortunately, subchannels are here to stay. Hopefully ATSC 3.0 will allow them to coexist without tanking the quality of the main feed.
Friday, 3/15 10am "Riders to the Stars" (1954).