[mythtv-users] US cable companies and mandatory OTA channels

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Wed Jan 9 19:33:42 UTC 2008

jedi at mishnet.org wrote:
>> Albert James wrote:
>>> OTA HD signals are not compressed, whereas their Cable equivilants are.
>> OTA HD channels are MPEG2, that is "not compressed" ?
> Think: your local NBC affiliate in HD vs. what DirecTV might give you...
> DirecTV already overcompresses it's SD signals and does the same for
> their HD channel. That's why that like to that xtremehd product from
> yesterday is so interesting. Their whole sales pitch seems like it will
> be "we don't mangle the data like Direct TV does".

My local cable company claims satellite providers "aggressively process"
the signals, which I won't argue with, but the implication seems to be
that the cable company does not, which I do not agree with.

Basically everything digital available to consumers is compressed, the
question is to what extent and with what result.


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