With the demise of pretty much all DVD/Blu-ray rental companies, I miss having the opportunity to rent movies in 1080p without having to spend a fortune buying them. I tried to discuss with several of the Rogers customer support specialists that I would really like for them to have for all the various pay-per view movie channels the ability of watching them in 1080p. Of course, they really had no idea of what I was talking about. I understand that this has to be done at source and there doesnt seem to be any interest from Rogers in doing this, which probably means, not enough demand. I have high- end large screen system and watching blu-rays makes a significant difference from watching the pay-per view ones. I wonder if people care anymore about the quality of the image and sound or are those of us interested in it are a bit of dying breed? I was told that Bell offers 1080p for their payper view, is this true?
Hello @Achill , Welcome to Rogers Community Forum!
Thank you for your post. I totally agree the pleasure of watching highest resolution videos/movies on the supported display screens. I believe you referring to renting movies from Rogers On Demand and special events from Pay Per View Channels which can only be seen with maximum resolution of 1080i. As you already aware the Sources/Broadcasters will transmit in 720p/1080i resolution which in turn the same gets transmitted to the homes.
While I was trying to find reasons why there is no broadcast available in 1080p resolution, I stumble upon this chart which compares Screen Size, Viewing Distance and Best Resolution. I found it interesting; it may help us in adjusting viewing distance to optimize the viewing experience.
Please stay tuned, we will post any new information in regards to higher resolution broadcast. @Community – as always your insights are awaited
As RogersMoin said.. broadcasters dont broadcast in higher than 1080i.
That bell is saying 1080p.. i am not so sure of... they can only push out what they are given.
Could they be UPSCALING all the content they are giving to 1080p? Sure. The rogers box can do the same if you set it to 1080p.
But is there a quality difference, between that and bluray? Most definately.
Other than 4k.. 1080p is highes def you will get... it does not mean all 1080p is created equal either. It all comes down to what codecs, what compression, etc is used on it.
For example.. take a movie that just came out. The Bluray combo pack comes with the bluray, and the HD digital download (for your service of choice).
Both the bluray and the digital, are 1080p.
But play them side by side (on the same hardware) or play them back to back.... and compare.
There is a BIG difference quality with the bluray.. it is that much better.
Why? The digital is still compresses to an extent. Your average movie digital download is MAYBE max a 5g download.
A TRUE bluray 1080p uncompress digital rip? 20-30g.
Thanks for your reply. I looked at your chart and it is quite useful. I think it also shows why I notice it so much. I have a 110" screen and sit at 14' from the screen. Do you think people are less interested in the quality of the image now than before?
I asked RogersMoin this question but would like to know your thoughts on it too, Do you think people are less interested in the quality of the imgage now?
Its hard to say.. i think it varys from person to person.
Myself? Yes, quality is important. Do i have digital copies of movies, etc? Sure, for ease of access.
But i have an over 400 piece DVD/Bluray collection. I buy blurays to GET the better quality.
I am replacing many DVDs i have, with blurays, just for the better quality.
BUT.. not everyone out there is the same.
Not all have high end TVs.. some still have tube TVs. The quality is going to be limited by the playback device.
There are people, who are more than happy just with DVD quality movies.
(Though, i dont know how many of these really have seen a side by side comparison on how different it is).
My mother has only had an SD box up till this year. She had a LCD TV, but it was barely a 720p.. and was always fine with it.
TV died.. got a new LED TV to replace.. suddenly... EW, she realized how bad it was with the SD box. Got an HD box.. MIND BLOWN in the quality upgrade.
On your 110" TV yeah, you are going to notice differences MUCH MUCH more.
I figure watching anything on TV more than just TV shows.. its more there for CONVIENIENCE, just like any other digital download type movies. Is it pretty good HD? Sure.. but its not the BEST. But its more convienient.
Hello @Achill ,
Great, you liked the chart and the information was useful. I haven’t seen 110” display in action, I can imagine your dissatisfaction. I wonder the maximum resolution it supports? Perhaps you may want to lock your HD Box and TV to 1080i resolution and see if it makes any difference.
I personally, optimize the video settings of my display per video quality. I don’t prefer going below 720p when I make a purchase. As for people’s preference? I believe it depends on many factors, like the TVs, Video Sources, and Video Collection etc. Generally speaking I believe HD quality.
PS: I notice @Gdkitty's reply, seems like we almost share the same view