New h264 channels 720p only?!?!
Got the notice last month that Cox San Diego would be upgrading to the year 2003, and changing from mpeg2 to h264 AVC encoding. I was very excited, as the mpeg2 quality at 7Mbps or so I get on most channels is horrible...if you have ever wondered what a waterfall made of Legos looks like, you could just watch a nature documentary on NatGeo.
Fast forward to today, I wanted to check to see which channels might have already been converted to h264, and checked my recorded Windows Media Center files of non local cable channels. Yup, seems like all the non local channels have been changed to h264...but that's not all...every singe one has now been reduced from 1080 to 720.
Is this some sort of sick joke? We get a codec update to the year 2003, and simultaneously get a resolution downgrade to less than full high definition. Is this a temporary thing, or can someone from another region advise if this is a transitional resolution, and that 1080 will return once they get their s**t together? 😞