I haven’t given myself any downtime from posting since June of last year, so I’m going to take a lengthy break from posting anything current. Two months, to be exact.
Again, nothing current, however, I will continue posting video clips of Brianna Keilar from December 2015 onward.
In the meantime, I do plan to switch to DirecTV as a result of Comcast’s recent compression and down-conversion scheme. The picture quality is just that bad! This will require new recording equipment and software, and that is in part a reason for the long break.
I’ll return to full-time weekly posting next year. Have a happy last-two-months-of-2016. 🙂
Kate’s pre-taped clip from the November 7, 2016 edition of Jeopardy!
These are the news listings for Monday, November 14 at noon. Take a good look. Notice something different?
First of all, I’m a Comcast customer, and recently my TV service was transitioned to H.264—a compression format—in my area. While the compression is bad enough, Comcast have taken it a step further—native 1080i channels (including CNN and HLN) have been down-converted to 720p! I’ve already noticed quite a substantial loss of picture quality.
This obviously means that all of my video clips on Hi-Def News Caps from now on will be of much lower quality.
Although I’ve been aware of their transition to H.264, nowhere have I seen beforehand any official statement regarding a drop in resolution to 720p for their HD channels. In fact the only mention I’ve seen about this from Comcast is this random post by a supposed employee on their support forum. The picture quality has dropped to such an extent that it looks no better than a live web stream, and that appears to be exactly the point—Comcast is prioritizing online content delivery, and TV is taking the biggest hit to make that happen.
I am not at all happy about this. So now what? Well, I have two options:
1. Deal with it!
2. Drop Comcast and switch to DIRECTV.
‘On the Story’ premieres tomorrow on HLN at 1pm ET.
This spot parodies the title sequence of The Mary Tyler Moore Show.