Re: Comcast vs. DirectTV
HD has it's issues on all providers. Try looking up "HDLite" on Wikipedia.
I have Charter as my cable option where I live. I tried them out a few years ago when we moved here and they were compressing their HD feeds so badly that ESPNHD looked quite pixely. I switched to DirecTV. My only complaints are that the installers are all subcontracted out so we had a hell of a time getting someone who knew what the hell they were doing. But, the price is right and their HD selection was fantastic.
They did have the HD Lite issue, but since they shot up the new birds (satellites), they have that pretty much resolved. Plus, their HD pay per view movies are in 1080p.
One negative though...On Demand is much better on cable. I know I miss that piece, but DVR has more then made up for it.
I like sports and HDTV, so DirecTV it is for me.
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