In my previous blog post, I was comparing how internet video providers like Hulu, Netflix, iTunes, Amazon and Zune handle interlaced material by comparing an episode of Futurama. This time, let’s see how rips from the BitTorrent network compare to these.
In the days of CRT monitors, TV shows used to be broadcast in interlaced mode, which is unsupported by modern flat-panel displays. All online streaming services and video stores provide progressive video, so they must deinterlace the data first. This article compares the deinterlacing strategies of Apple iTunes, Netflix, Microsoft Zune, Amazon VoD and Hulu by comparing their respective encodings of a Futurama episode.