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MPEG artificats in analog cable!? [Oct. 11th, 2005|08:17 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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Why the hell do I see MPEG artifacts during commercials on analog cable?

Is the new way to distribute commercials to studios via crappy MPEG files?

Lame. Not that I care about commercial quality much, but I hate this "digital" world being used to lower costs more than increasing quality. Kinda depressing.

[User Picture]From: mart
2005-10-12 05:08 pm (UTC)

Due to Telewest's financial troubles they are still unable to offer digital cable nor cable modem service in a bunch of their service areas. They are offering the reduced analogue service in the hope that it'll keep people interested and keep the money flowing long enough that they can eventually get them to go onto digital cable rather than jumping ship to Sky. (Beyond the first sentence this is obviously speculation.)

Aside from this, a cheap “just the terrestrial channels plus Sky One and a few cheesy shopping channels” package is quite popular in my home town since a new building in the late 80s destroyed the over-the-air reception. It's cheap enough to be negligible, so a lot of people pay it just to improve their TV picture for the basic terrestrial channels.

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