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Infoman
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Registered: ‎09-06-2012

1080P - It's late 2012 and I have the latest Xfinity / Cisco HD DVR...

...and it has a setting for 1080P.  But I see that it's still being broadcast as 1080 / 60hz refresh rate.

 

I've seen people asking about 1080P for the past three years or so.

 

For the record, is Comcast / Xfinity STILL not broadcasting in 1080P - even when their latest DVR box has this option to be set?

 

If NOT, does anyone have any idea when this might happen?  Or is this permanently for BLU-RAY only?

 

Also - would 1080p be related to the refresh rate?  I wish I could get at least 120hz, as my TV allows for 240hz and from what I know, not a biggie between 120 and 240, but a noticable difference between 60hz (what I am getting now) and 120 hz.

 

Any info would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!

 

Andy

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ComcastTeds
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Re: 1080P - It's late 2012 and I have the latest Xfinity / Cisco HD DVR...


Infoman wrote:

...and it has a setting for 1080P.  But I see that it's still being broadcast as 1080 / 60hz refresh rate.

 

I've seen people asking about 1080P for the past three years or so.

 

For the record, is Comcast / Xfinity STILL not broadcasting in 1080P - even when their latest DVR box has this option to be set?

 

If NOT, does anyone have any idea when this might happen?  Or is this permanently for BLU-RAY only?

 

Also - would 1080p be related to the refresh rate?  I wish I could get at least 120hz, as my TV allows for 240hz and from what I know, not a biggie between 120 and 240, but a noticable difference between 60hz (what I am getting now) and 120 hz.

 

Any info would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!

 

Andy


 

I am not aware of any US broadcaster or cable channel currently delivering a 1080p signal outside of the occasional On Demand or Pay-Per-View program.

Some of our newer cable boxes certainly can support the 1080p signal output when it's available.

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JayInAlg
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Re: 1080P - It's late 2012 and I have the latest Xfinity / Cisco HD DVR...

Since there is no TV programming sent down in 1080P there is no need for Comcast to upconvert to 1080P and waste bandwidth.

 

Comcast sends down what they receive from the channels and broadcasters, which is either 720P or 1080I. When HD came out in the late 90's that is what they setup their studiios, cameras and other equipment for.  That was the standard then. 

 

Same for Fios, U-Verse and satellite co's.  Everythings in 720P or 1080I.

 

Having a special channel on satellite or home video cameras & Blu-Ray is speciality programming, not mainstream everyday HD programming.  Most people won't know the difference. 

 

 

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Infoman
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Re: 1080P - It's late 2012 and I have the latest Xfinity / Cisco HD DVR...

ComcastTeds and JayInAlg...

 

Thank you for the quick info.  I understand completely now, and perhaps at some point broadcasting will go tio 1080p - for now, as long as everyone's on 1080i, 1080i it is (outside of a possible PPV, Blu Ray, etc.).

 

What about the refresh rate?  I'm getting 60hz.  Is it possible to get 120hz / 240hz, or is this some marketing ploy by Samsung, HG, and all the rest to make you THINK you can get "Tru Motion 240hz" and the like...but in reality, for HD broadcasting, you can't?

 

 

Andy

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Kputnal1
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Registered: ‎09-29-2012

Re: 1080P - It's late 2012 and I have the latest Xfinity / Cisco HD DVR...

I'm exhausted shopping for new HDTV, 37", for a bedroom.  Will have Comcast DVR/HD connected, but no blu ray.   Should I pay for the 1080p HDTV?   Is there a difference in picture quality between a 1080p HDTV and a 720p IF the only input is Comcast regular or Comcast HD?  Thank you for any help!

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Spconley2010
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Re: 1080P - It's late 2012 and I have the latest Xfinity / Cisco HD DVR...

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For the record, there is a ton of 1080p programming out there, I just switched from Directv to Comcast, (only because I had to), and I have been disappointed with the lack of 1080p programming.

 

I have a 1080p 120htz TV and when I had direct TV, normal HD broadcasts looked as good as blu-ray movies.

 

 I too saw a setting to change my Comcast box to 1080p so I was hoping it was just a configuration issue. But it sounds like Comcast has yet to catch up with the "Full HD" satellite providers.

 

It is so weird how Directv they can beam wireless 1080p signals from outer space and Comcast won’t send them via RG6. I say wont because in terms of bandwidth, there are millions of users streaming 1080p to internet connected devices like Xbox 360, PS3, Roku, Ipad, android tablets, blu-ray players, desktops and laptops etc, using Comcast internet, which uses the same infrastructure as the cable TV side so the "Bandwidth" argument holds no water... Comcast simply refuses to allow 1080p. Could be a rights, issue, cost issue, or perhaps, technology issue. Either way. I miss my Directv. 


Infoman wrote:

...and it has a setting for 1080P.  But I see that it's still being broadcast as 1080 / 60hz refresh rate.

 

I've seen people asking about 1080P for the past three years or so.

 

For the record, is Comcast / Xfinity STILL not broadcasting in 1080P - even when their latest DVR box has this option to be set?

 

If NOT, does anyone have any idea when this might happen?  Or is this permanently for BLU-RAY only?

 

Also - would 1080p be related to the refresh rate?  I wish I could get at least 120hz, as my TV allows for 240hz and from what I know, not a biggie between 120 and 240, but a noticable difference between 60hz (what I am getting now) and 120 hz.

 

Any info would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!

 

Andy


 

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Re: 1080P - It's late 2012 and I have the latest Xfinity / Cisco HD DVR...

As has been said before no one broadcast at 1080P. You can rent some PPV movies at 1080P on Directv and Dish as well as some Internet content. Directv does not have any other 1080P content other than PPV.

 

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ComcastTeds
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Re: 1080P - It's late 2012 and I have the latest Xfinity / Cisco HD DVR...

Thanks everyone.

 

Asked, Answered.

 

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