720p: WEB-DL vs HDTV
So.. what's all the fuss about WEB-DLs, where do they actually come from? Why is HDTV inferior to WEB-DLs? I'll answer the most common questions in this topic and will guide you to the path of righteousness.
What are WEB-DLs?
To put it simply, WEB-DLs is paid content from iTunes with superior quality in all areas. Networks release them on a flat rate of $2.99 on the US iTunes Store, £2.49 in the UK iTunes Store and $3.49 in the Canadian iTunes Store. The content comes mainly from HDBits but there are also other trackers who have minor internal groups who work on releasing these to the world.
What's usually the delay on a WEB-DL in comparison to HDTV?
Obviously HDTV will always be released first as they're pre'd basically a few minutes after the episode finishes airing. The episode is usually available on iTunes about 6-8 hours after airing on network TV. After that, it's usually up to the uploader in question. In most cases, it's up within 24 hours of the airing date, but it's solely up to the uploader.
Why should I wait for WEB-DL?
Honestly, if you care about quality at all, you shouldn't have to ask this question at all, but I'm going to answer it. Scene quality is in almost all cases inferior to WEB-DL and the lesson here is that patience is a virtue.. I'll post some comparisons below so you can really see the big difference that is iTunes vs HDTV and you can see for yourself.
What are the differences?
WEB-DLs usually have better detail, less grain, less blurriness and better colors. They also have no network channels or any annoying bugs.
WEB-DL are files purchased from the various national iTunes stores or from Amazon on Demand and which then have the DRM removed.
Most scene groups absolutely hate WEB-DL and will belittle them to no end. Why? They threaten their dominance and really screw with their 'game' of who can get it out first without screwing it up. Insult the competition and hope the ignorant masses follow you. That is about as simple as it gets.
One reason why scene groups hate WEB-DL is because it really fucked with their game of who can get a show out first.
If you do release any WEB-DL or WEB-DL.XviD don't be a dick like CLERKS and claim they are DVDRip or 720p.Bluray releases.
Short:Web-DL quality is better than HDTV but worse than HD bluray.
Read about the difference between web dl and bluray here: http://www.torrent-invites.com/help/97663-web-dl-blu-ray.html