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On Demand/downloadable HD v physical media HD

by minimalist / February 5, 2008 8:03 AM PST

What do you guys think about the difference in bitrate and compression between all the different products calling themselves "HD". Does it make enough of a difference to matter? Can heavily compressed 4-6 Mbps On Demand or downloadable movies REALLY compare with the 40Mbps high def disc versions? Or is good enough, good enough?

I have rented a few "HD" rentals from the x-box live marketplace and a few On-Demand movies from Comcast and I have not been impressed (hence why I hesitate to call them "HD" as many of my SD DVD's upscale to a better looking picture than these rentals). None of it compares to the physical HD media I have seen. Of course I have also seen less than stellar Blu-ray discs as well but their issues resulted not so much from over compression, but from sloppy transfers (presumably to get the product out the door as quickly as possible).

Maybe I just haven;t seen an astounding HD rental or on-demand stream yet, but my gut tells me the compression necessary to get the file size that small has got to result in a hit in quality.

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I see the diffrents
by gabereyes / February 5, 2008 2:20 PM PST

from what ive seen HD on demand looks alot better then standard DVD, and BD looks better then HD on demand.

I am only using a 34 inch 720p TV set.


I did watch a HD movie on demand/PPV that I owned and watched on standard super bit dvd, and I was able to see a decent diffrents in picture quality.
maybe it was just the movie you watched, im not sure.
good luck
gabe

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I'ver watched a few On Demand...
by RustyDallas / February 5, 2008 6:01 PM PST

Blu ray picture is noticeably better but I like the way On Demand is reformatted to fit my screen. Because of the reformatting and not having to go to Blockbuster, I'm leaning towards On Demand. I also think internet downloads may be the future. Lossless sound is another thing, though. I haven't been able to make a comparison to see how much better it is and, if lossless turned out to be much better, I might change my mind.

Rusty

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