I have an HR20 coming in 23 days and have scanned the forum for two days in eager anticipation. Despite all that reading, I have a couple of questions still unanswered (4 out of an initial list of hundreds ain't bad):
Thanks for everyone's help!
- Is there a consensus as to whether the HR10/MPEG2 or HR20/MPEG4 has better quality?
- Since MPEG4 compresses more, if quality doesn't suffer, it would be preferable. In the NYC DMA, are the locals available as MPEG4 to get the higher storage? How about the nationwide east coast feeds (e.g. Ch 80, I think).
- I have seen some hints that there is no folders option per se - just different ways to sort. Is this right? Until it crashed on me, this was a very nice feature with the HR10 6.3 update. If no folders on the HR20, is there any hint from D* that it is a coming attraction?
- I love the HR10 remote - nice, compact and comfortable to hold in one hand. I assume the peanut-shape is gone, but how would you rate the HR20 remote for comfort?
1. No consensus. I my own comparisons of MPEG2 HD vs. MPEG4 HD, I detect very little difference. DirecTV has been improving the MPEG4 encoders used for local HDTV rebroadcasts, and that seems to help a lot.
2. I don't get the East or West Coast feeds, so cannot comment on their quality.
3. The HR20 HD DVR has folders.
4. I think the HR20's remote is fine. Mostly I use my MX500 universal remote, though.