NTL's digital cable platform sucks. At first I thought it was cool that I had a bit of paper telling me my cable box's MAC and IP address. But then when I actually started watching TV, I saw compression artifacts everywhere: this is not high bit-rate MPEG, this is a terrible blocky mess that has severe problems with fast-moving complex scenes. Sky Digital's offering is much better seeing as I actually have to make some effort to find encoding artifacts on that platform. It's not just the video, though - since getting a surround sound setup, I've also noticed that audio is being encoded at a similarly bad rate - high frequencies aren't being well defined at all.
I'm very much not impressed.
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