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    Default Blu Ray Vs Renting from Cable Box

    Is there a difference in the quality you get from watching a Blu Ray movie compared to Purchasing a rental through your onDemand feature through your cable provider?

    Picture Quality?

    Sound Quality?

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    I do beleive so.

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    I *believe* most all forms of transmission (cable/satellite) have to do some compression---so ultimately BluRay would be best, the question is; is there much of a difference? I have DirecTV, and my HD channels are really nice/have a great picture--but my BluRay is nicer--just not by much. It's a "how picky are you" factor.

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    Blu ray > all.

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    yes. but whether you can realize the difference is up to your equipment.

    At best, ondemand can only get you Dolby 5.1. If your equipent can handle more, than obviously your missing out there. Additionally, I believe onDemand doesnt stream at true 1080p. Even if it does, I notice a very discernible difference between the quality of the picture between sources. Again, if you only have a 720p or 1080i TV and an old 5 channel receiver that can only do Dolby 5.1 then you aret missing anything. But if you have current gear, then you are going to be missing out with ondemand.
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    When I watch a movie on HDTV (1080i) vs the same movie on BluRay (Disney's Christmas Carol comes to mind), the colors are a bit richer, and the contrast is better via Bluray. However, the picture is perfectly satisfying via satellite HD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newrival View Post
    yes. but whether you can realize the difference is up to your equipment
    That is very true.
    Blu-ray is better, but as others stated both are enjoyable to me.
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    Bluray of course costs more, in my opinion, looks better than HD off of Charter OnDemand, and physical media is way more appealing.

    The OnDemand convenience factor is also a plus but the picture/sound quality, to me, is just ok, not great. Also noted, i feel standard def movies on OnDemand are only marginally less attractive then their HD brethren. Call me cheap but i don't spend the extra $1 because it's really not worth it to me.

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    I like to watch on a 120 inch screen so I really cant stand cable or dish on demand. For starters the grayscale is way of if your looking for accurate grey scale and it seems to have less resolution with some kind of frame interpolation crap. Its not at all film like and the audio is garbage on my speakers when compared to a bluray and dvd. The price is outrageous if its just for one person sitting down to catch a flick. For the money I go to Vudu for best picture quality and better audio. Its all about audio in a flick now so I do whatever I can to get a bluray just because the audio information on a 2hr bluray can fill more than one dvd or even 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by polkfarmboy View Post
    For starters the grayscale is way of if your looking for accurate grey scale and it seems to have less resolution with some kind of frame interpolation crap.
    This is a situation of ignorance is bliss :D
    once i start noticing my grey scale is off, im screwed. Then I'll start researching that and realize all my video stuff is crap... i can hear the money flying out the window now... I'm just going to keep thinking my video calibration is perfect for a while. lol
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    With broadcasts you just have to accept imperfection---unless you have 400 presets. I'm fortunate that my BluRay calibration settings work very well for TV.

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    What about the audio in Blu-ray versus cable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueFox View Post
    What about the audio in Blu-ray versus cable?
    Is there even a comparison ? Cable doesn't do DTS HD Master audio like BR.

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    All the major Cable companies in North America do not have the capabilities to broadcast in 1080p like Bluray does. That is the major difference in picture quality between cable and Bluray.

    so far in 2012 the cable companies only broadcast HD in 1080i (interlaced) or 720p (progressive).

    Sound through cable TV is only produced in Dolby Digital 5.1/2.0 and Bluray can do and what "woodhead 2" mentioned and more.

    Your TV may upconvert or produce 1080p but if the signal is not 1080p then it is not as good as Bluray. :) Bluray is 1080p and that is why it is clearer.
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    As others have stated Blu-Ray will win out on paper, as you can have lossless audio and full, high bit rate 1080p.

    All cable companies transmit is 1080i, 720p and 480. And you'll only have stereo and lossy 5.1.

    The issue is what your equipment can support and how much you are an audio/video-phile

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    The original question is too general as different cable providers will have different delivery configurations and 'quality of service' to the end user.

    For example, I have Crime Warner...sorry...meant to say Time Warner cable.

    When I watch HD channels - movies or especially sporting events, I get noticable macroblocking on fast motion scenes.

    So even though the spec is for 720p or 1080i, the cable company (or upstream provider) is not allocating sufficient bandwidth for HD programming and the result is a crummy picture.

    It has nothing to do with my equipment because if I put in a bluray disc in my bluray player I get a gorgeous detailed smooth playing picture w/ no macroblocking.

    YMMV....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erik Tracy View Post
    It has nothing to do with my equipment because if I put in a bluray disc in my bluray player I get a gorgeous detailed smooth playing picture w/ no macroblocking.

    YMMV....
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    Sure - you need a BDP to play and view bluray discs - but I was addressing the issue that there are differences in bluray vs cable box picture quality that has to do with the cable provider and has nothing to do with any equipment of the 'user'....720p, 1080i, 42", 50", 80", etc.

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    I always bear in mind my sweet VHS/26" CRT setup that I used to watch.......everything looks good to me nowadays !

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    Quote Originally Posted by gdb View Post
    I always bear in mind my sweet VHS/26" CRT setup that I used to watch.......everything looks good to me nowadays !
    How about Rosie Odonnel, that look good to you too.

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    You betcha'

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    I really don't bother with running my HT system if I'm going to watch a movie off Directv even in HD, the sound sucks IMHO (not to mention pic quailty and I run at 1080i). If it's something I really want to see in good quality, I'll get it in blu-ray from Netflix.
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