Bring back 1080i VIDEO for HBO, Hallmark, AMC, Bravo, A&E, Golf Ch, Fuse, etc etc - X

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Bring back 1080i VIDEO for HBO, Hallmark, AMC, Bravo, A&E, Golf Ch, Fuse, etc etc - X

I live in San Francisco and over the past 3 months Comcast/xfinity has been converting their non-terrestrial (cable) channels to h264 video format. h264 -- is vastly superior to MPEG2 (think Bluray vs DVD), but what started out with 1080i MPEG2 went to 1080i h264 and now EVERY "HD" channel is now transcoded to or downscaled to 720p video -- EVERY ONE!

While 720p meets the minimum requirnment to be called "HD" it does not meet today's standard for HD which is "understood" by the average consumer to be "1080."

When commercials by Xfinity compare the number of "HD" channels they offer to Dish or DirecTV, they are implying that one HD signal is equal to the others -- which they are NOT! 720p is not as sharp as 1080i or 1080p (which many broadcasters distribute there HD signal in).

Even HBO is now being downcoverted from 1080i to 720p!!! It's bad enough that only 1 HBO station in my area is HD, but to then downconvert what was a sharp image to a downcoverted bit-starved 720 image is downright insulting and wrong!


  • Think your not affected by this change?
  • Do you watch these channels????
  • If you do, then your also getting cheated!

Here is the list I have compiled -- These are stations that WERE 1080i as recently as July 2016 and are now downcoverted to 720p -- check for yourself! I have been checking once per week and have archived my findingings with sample recordings from each channel.

734 A&E
798 AMC
751 Animal Planet
733 Bravo
766 Cartoon Network
759 CNN
745 Comedy Central
771 Destination America
753 E!
742 Esquire
779 Fuse
772 FYI
749 Golf Channel
793 Hallmark
794 Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
746 HGTV, Home & Garden Television
758 History Channel
774 HLN, Headline News
790 IFC, Independant Film Channel
804 Investigation Discovery
795 Lifetime
796 LMN, Lifetime Movie Network
787 MSNBC
782 MTV
767 Nickelodeon
756 Science Channel
743 Spike
789 TCM, Turner Classic Movies
755 Travel Channel
740 tvOne
754 Velocity
781 VH-1
791 WE

Those are only the channels that I have personally verified and have archived sample recordings from. All the channels mentioned above were tested again today, Saturday Nov 5th, 2016.

You can look at the document attached document for date, time, channel, program etc. The samples are too short to evaluate bitrate so please understand that these limited sample recordings only serve one small purpose.


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