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Old 06-02-2015, 06:46 PM
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Default UVerse vs FiOS vs Comcast vs DirecTv bitrates

So I just upgraded from a Samsung 37" LCD 720p to a LG 55" 1080P. I have UVerse as a provider since I cannot get DirecTv (damn tree in the way) & FiOS says they cannot compete in UVerse zones (does that sound right?). Anyways, I was happy with with UVerse's PQ until I upgraded. I have an extremely soft, undetailed picture. Compared with DirecTv, which is 3D like, UVerse's PQ is just extremely subpar.

Then my analytical side took over & I started researching bitrates for the various providers. And WOW, they're all over the map.

UVerse gets 5.5 mbps using MPEG-2.
DirecTv averages 10-15 mbps using H.264
I've heard Comcast is about 10 mbps. True? What codec are they using? I'm set to trial their HD free for a month & was curious.
FiOS, from what I've read, is around 19 mbps. True? Which codec?

Any & all thoughts are greatly appreciated
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Old 06-02-2015, 09:29 PM
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It has been my experience that DirecTV has had the worst picture and landline/cable the best. 5.5 MP2 is pretty pathetic for HD.
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Old 06-09-2015, 12:44 PM
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I tested a Comcast HD box & the PQ is worse than UVERSE. I don't understand how these companies can advertise HD when they can't deliver
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