Spark Sport have at this stage made a drop from 50/60 FPS down to 25/30FPS (note bitrate has not changed, so Quality should not be reduced)
Thanks for acting in this way, yes its hard to be the messenger sometimes!
I've qouted the bit that I think is wrong though, Quality is framerate and resolution. A HD definition image is defined by its resolution but the quality of the stream is also defined by its framerate. A high resolution but low framerate is, in my opinion, not a quality stream. A low framerate (24fps for example) is ok for movies where they can use a lot of motion blur to hide the frames, but sports require fast shuttering to pick up ball/player movement and slow shutters will elongate the object being tracked badly... There is a reason why ESPN uses 720p/60 and Sky(NZ/UK for example) has used 1080i/50 as 1080p/30 just doesn't work for sports.
Absolutely agreed with Benoire. SS saying "bitrate has not changed, so Quality should not be reduced" suggests SS does not recognise how much of a quality issue the reduction in frame rate is to me, and other customers right on this thread.
Quality cannot be simply measured by a frame in isolation, it is also the fluidity of motion. Especially for sports content.
-Thanks hio77 for the info-