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April 2023: Streaming TV Picture Quality Comparison - Your Results May Vary

Another round of picture quality comparisons, including DirecTV Stream, YouTube TV, Verizon Fios, Over-The-Air, Peacock, and the ABC app. Also a quick discussion of the DirecTV super-high bitrate myth.

Picture Quality Comparison Hulu Live vs YouTube TV - Scripted Content

A follow up to previous image quality comparisons, this time focused on scripted, cable network content.

Hulu Live TV vs YouTube TV - Bitrate / Picture Quality

In recent months I’ve seen a lot of online posts stating that “YouTube TV streams at a ‘low bitrate’” and as such can never provide acceptable picture quality.Let’s do a quick comparison to determine what the the difference in bitrate is between Hulu Live TV and YouTube TV and if it has any significant effect on picture quality.

Picture Quality Comparison: Super Bowl LVI: NBC 10 Philadelphia - OTA vs Cable vs Streaming

The Super Bowl is considered to be one of the biggest annual sporting events in US. As such, one would expect the Network and local affiliates to pull out all of the stops to deliver the best possible product. Let’s take a look at how NBC 10 Philadelphia did with this and compare image quality across a few different sources (traditional TV and streaming).

Picture Quality Comparison Local News - Cable vs Streaming

It has often been assumed that over-the-air or cable tv sources will offer better image quality when compared to live TV streamed over the Internet, but this isn’t universally true. Especially in recent years since the FCC repurposed TV spectrum for cellular phone service. Here we compare some still frames from a local news broadcast using Verizon Fios and YouTube TV as the source.

Picture Quality Comparison NHL Hockey - Cable vs Streaming

Live sports is one of the primary reasons for purchasing a TV subscription (traditional cable TV or streaming). Considering the costs (thanks, Regional Sports Networks) one might expect that video quality would be top notch, but unfortunately this may not be the case. Surprisingly enough, YouTube TV and ESPN+ may have jumped past traditional TV sources when it comes to image quality.