iTunes TV programming - video quality and compression artifacts

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by VirtualRain, Sep 4, 2009.

  1. VirtualRain macrumors 603


    Aug 1, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    Hey, I was watching "America's got talent" on HD via my Cable DVR the other evening, and was lamenting how terrible the compression is... there was so much macro-blocking during some fast sequences, especially when there are strobe lights or other lighting effects changing rapidly.

    My understanding is that HD broadcasts look best at around 15-20Mbps and my cable company is compressing those down to 10-11Mbps. This is MPEG2 right?

    What is the compression rate of an AppleTV show?

    Would I get a better picture viewing experience by watching TV via AppleTV?

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