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Old 03-23-2008, 09:12 PM
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is there any difference between any movie shown on say hbo or cinemax HD vs a blu ray movie? i hear lots of people say it looks better on hbo and other cable movie channels
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Old 03-23-2008, 09:19 PM
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I think you got it backwards. Cable/satellite/broadcast looks inferior to a well-encoded 1080p film on Blu-ray. HBO or Showtime is going to be in 1080i and the cable/satellite provider is using limited bandwidth in order to give you "more" channels. This results in more pixellations, poorer colors, etc. on cable/satellite.
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is there any difference between any movie shown on say hbo or cinemax HD vs a blu ray movie? i hear lots of people say it looks better on hbo and other cable movie channels
There is a big difference, and Blu-Ray is much much better. I got ID4 on Blu-Ray last week for my birthday and watched it and also watched it on Starz and while the quality on Starz was better then the DVD. The Blu-Ray blew it out of the water.

As Vaca said, networks are using limited bandwidth to show the movies so the quality will never be the best there is.
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Old 03-23-2008, 10:51 PM
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bluray: compression artifacts not too common and most aren't that obvious
hdtv broadcast: obvious compression artifacts pretty much guaranteed

and there's the whole 1080i vs 1080p thing
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Old 03-25-2008, 06:55 PM
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Blu-ray vs Cable HD movies is like Kentucky Fried Chicken vs McNuggets. Come on dude, blu all the way . 1080p wins over 1080i every time. I think 720p beats 1080i but that is debatable, JMHO.
I agree with the pixelation issue as well
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blu ray HD is like a juicy outback stake cable HD is like a mickey D's hamburger! any question?
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Old 03-25-2008, 08:34 PM
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blu ray HD is like a juicy outback stake cable HD is like a mickey D's hamburger! any question?
except outback sucks...... you ever have a Texas Road House steak or Ribs...mmmm mmmmm
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I hear Ruth Chris makes a nice steak. All this talk about food is making me hungry. Way to make a fat guy hungry guys.
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I'm going to pimp slap the next person that says he heard TV was better than Blu-ray.
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Old 03-25-2008, 11:29 PM
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is there any difference between any movie shown on say hbo or cinemax HD vs a blu ray movie? i hear lots of people say it looks better on hbo and other cable movie channels
I've never heard this. Like everyone else said, there is most certainly going to be compression artifacts in the limited bitstarved bandwidth of HD cable. There is no such starvation or limitation in BD and HD DVD.
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