So, Xfinity, the new name for the Comcast triple play, is using Hulu as the backend content provider.

What could go wrong? Oh, maybe the video quality will be 1/2 of what Hulu provides directly!

Could be that Comcast is re-compressing the data and I have included the screen captures to prove it. If Comcast isn’t re-compressing (and I don’t know/have the technology to check on this, sorry folks!), it is at least sending a very subpar version of it over the Internet connection provided by Comcast to my home.

I tried to get the same second, same frame, but it was almost impossible. These screen captures are about the same second, but are not the same frame unfortunately, but should be close enough for comparisons sake.

UPDATE: While at work before leaving, I decided to redo this to see if I could get closer and as luck would have it, I was able to snag the screen captures on what looks to be very close to the same frame. Comparison is much easier this time, though this computer I did the screen captures from isn’t as clean, but it is more apples to apples.

I won’t be using Xfinity to watch any type of television at this rate, and I don’t pay for Hulu Plus, and unfortunately, NetFlix doesn’t have current television episodes available for DVD or streaming so a third comparison is impossible right now. I’d rather burn my limited 250GB on higher quality video than what I have seen on Xfinity.

Here is Xfinity (provided by Hulu, provided on Fancast) and directly from Hulu, click the images for the full size (1680×1050) resolution as captured on my MacBook Pro.

Xfinity via Fancast - Chase - Havoc

Xfinity via Fancast - Chase - Havoc

Hulu - Chase - Havoc

Hulu - Chase - Havoc