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Does it record at "best quality"?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by California King, Dec 31, 2007.

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  1. California King

    California King Legend

    Nov 24, 2007
    I know on TiVos, you can choose what quality to record it in. Since you can't choose it on the HR receivers, does that mean it's always recording in best quality?
  2. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    Yes. It is recording the digital stream exactly as it is coming over the line, so there are no settings. The tivo function you are referring to is available on those units because it is taking an analogue signal and turning it into a digital stream and then recording it, and by allowing you to adjust the compression rate you can choose to have close to original or weaker picture and sound quality on your units so that you can fit more programs on the unit. All the HR's do not have to deal with turning an analogue signal into digital, because it is digital and compressed when it is received.
  3. Xaa

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    Nov 17, 2005
    Using TiVo terminology it's actually "Better than Best" as their ratings are all relative to the amount of reduction in quality that is introduced with best being the best of the three, but not equal to source quality. The integrated unit allows you to capture the source and experience no reduction from if you were watching it live.

    That's also significant because SA TiVo's always stated their recording capacity using basic (or worst) quality so when you consider a unit that can record 200 hours at source that would equate to over 600 hours of basic.
  4. Doug Brott

    Doug Brott Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Jul 12, 2006
    Los Angeles
    yes, as others have noted, the signal from DIRECTV is saved directly onto your HDD. There is no need to convert (or encode) the signal when it is received and as a result, there are no encoders built into the HR20s.

    The recorded content that you view is exactly the same thing you would have seen if you had watched it live with zero reduction in the quality. All of the encoding is done with fancy encoders on DIRECTV's side so that they can utilize the available bandwidth from ground to satellite to dish. You're getting that benefit as well because the program is compressed as much as possible and takes as little amount of disk space on your recorder :).
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