Besides, these days if you aren't watching sports and live events, why don't you just cord-cut, get an antenna with an Apple TV, iTunes, Netflix and Hulu Plus? There's no point in having cable or satellite for anything else IMO anymore.
See, I could care less about the sports. I know the equipment is superior, but I'd still need the AM21 on at least two sets and the lack of HD networks is my sticking point. Honestly, if they get the missing channels I will leave in a second. I see they added DIY, but they still lack all the following and then some:
Cooking Channel, G4, Fuse, GSN, Headline News, HUB, IFC, ID, LMN, Oxygen, Reelz, Style, TV Land and We
Time Warner just crushes their HD line up.
In most cases the channels you've listed just aren't on the list of ones people care about so in your case you're stuck it sounds like.
Besides, I don't consider what TW shows "HD"... it's downright embarrassing to watch on anything over 40 inches. I have a friend with a UN60ES8000 and trees that are too tall to get DIRECTV and it's just a waste watching Time Warner's bit-starved MPEG2 feeds.
Debating switching to DIRECTV after this whole MSG debacle. One thing holding me back is no HD feed for My4 for Yankees games. The DIRECTV website doesn't show that as being available in HD. Does anyone know if there's an option for that?
My brother-in-law has DIRECTV and I believe they do not have an HD version of that. He always switches to the MY4 OTA signal when Yanks are on haha.
WNYA is not in HD on DIRECTV but if you mention it they will probably give you an AM21 OTA tuner with your HD-DVR and it will integrate right into the DIRECTV guide so it's still decent.
The only thing left keeping people from cord-cutting is live sports. DIRECTV gets that but it seems lost on every other provider.
If you have cable for sports at ALL, don't hesitate to switch to DIRECTV. They ALWAYS put sports as first priority, their sport package, PPV and technology (iPad app, dual-live buffered DVRs) prove it.
I use a tivo premiere and expect the PQ to be slightly less than live due to tivo compressing the live video and writing to hdd for the live video buffer. That said, since some chs look so nice I know the Tivo can't be a limiting factor in the PQ on some chs compared to others. So, either the feed Verizon receives the channel on has compression and they deliver that feed uncompressed to their customers, or they are adding compression (and claiming not to in advertising).
I can't imagine it makes sense for TIVO (or any DVR) to further compress the signal in realtime like that just for space savings--it makes more sense for them to just write out the bits as they come in. Much faster and much less CPU cycles to do it that way.
FIOS doesn't re-compress their signal, they simply pass along whatever compressed signal they receive from that network, so that's what they mean by "uncompressed". A technicality and definitely a lie as far as I'm concerned but still better than the alternatives.
In contrast, Time Warner will compress further the signal to fit into their bit-starved disaster of an MPEG-2 network and DIRECTV will compress everything as MPEG-4 for consistency and bandwidth.
So anything TW set to CCI byte 0x02 I think cannot be watched on the other PC? (like TNTHD or something)
Exactly. The only exception is if you have a Windows Media Extender, like an XBox. For some reason you can stream to an XBox but not to another Windows 7 PC. That's the part that most people are annoyed by; it's a limitation that is completely self-imposed ... Microsoft could make it possible in Windows 7 but doesn't seem to care enough to do it.
It's because the Extender/XBOX360 is just that, an extension of the PC. It is being used as a remote display to the PC that was originally used to record the content. At it's heart, it's almost an RDP (Remote Desktop) connection back to the PC--just with a dedicated audio/video channel. Since you aren't actually moving the file to a different PC, and since RDP is a secure encrypted path and the XBOX360/Extender platform is closed, the whole path adheres to HDCP and it must be enough to appease the gods of digital content