HD DVD offers nine times the resolution of the streaming content from NBC.com. It’s hard to beat “free” but it’s not even fair to make the comparison.
Comparison 2: ATSC HD broadcast vs. HD DVD
As much of a videophile as I may be, it’s really hard to tell the difference between the MPEG-2 ATSC broadcast and the VC-1 HD DVD. Sure, there’s a bit more texture to Masi Oka’s face, but when you’re comparing the “day-and-date” HD broadcast and “waiting-until-the-season-is-over” HD DVD box set, the winner is the HD broadcast.
HD Broadcast ATSC
Heroes HD DVD
The previous scene took place indoors. I decided to take a look at another scene from Heroes, this time in the well-lit outdoors. Here, the added detail on Hayden Panettiere’s face with the HD DVD is obvious.