While I agree that the quality of the Nomad transcoded items aren't as good as stuff like movies and shows downloaded directly from the iTunes store or movies you transcode yourself, I do think that it is pretty close in quality to the streamed stuff like HBO-GO, etc. This isn't a big suprise though either. It's all about the encoding time. People are already complaining about the amount of time it takes to get a recording onto the Nomad, if they were to increase the quality that time is just going to have to go up as they would do more passes etc.
I have to say though, I don't think we will ever get HD versions, I think 850x480, or whatever SD resolution they are using is probably the highest we are ever going to get. The channel providers, movie studios, etc. don't want you to be able to get a high quality copy of their stuff for free. They want you to go out and buy it, or at the very least rent it. I mean even the free digital copies that come with Blu-Rays are almost always just a standard def version of the movie only recently have a couple movies come with an HD Digital Copy (Hunger Games I believe was one).
Having seen hundreds of nomad transcoded recordings played back on multiple mobile devices, I'd respectfully have to disagree with you and instead agree with dennis00 on that issue. It's even better quality playback on an HD-screen resolution device like the newer iPad.
I'd anticipate that the "Fall 2012" update will reflect improvements on several fronts, so perhaps things will improve for you as well.
I have to disagree with you here. The Nomad transcodings don't look all that great on my 3rd Gen iPad. I am looking at an episode of Alphas right now, and there are definitely issues with pixelization/macroblocking, that are worse than in the original recording I watched on my TV last night. The video quality also isn't nearly as good as the digital copy movies I have on my iPad right now like The Hangover, and A-Team. If I swich the iPad back to 1X mode and watch the video in the small window the pixelization/macroblocking is much less noticeable. Same with watching on my iPhone.
While it is certainly passable, and not something I'm upset about, I wouldn't call it high quality. Fact is if I'm watching something on my iPad or iPhone I'm obviously not all that worried about picture quality, I'm most likely just killing time, or trying to catch up on shows I like, but don't necessarily love. For example I don't mind cathcing up on Alphas, or House Hunters on my iPad, but I'm definitely not going to watch a new episode of Sons of Anarchy, or Homeland on it, those I will wait until I get home and watch on the bigscreen (although I may watch them a second or third time on my iPad, but the first viewing is always going to be on my TV).
Edited by Beerstalker, 02 October 2012 - 09:42 AM.
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