1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

New HD Channels - Resolution and Bit Rate

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by davewolfs, Aug 29, 2007.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. davewolfs

    davewolfs Mentor

    40
    0
    Aug 18, 2007
    Hey folks,

    Any word on the resolution and bit rate the new MPEG4 channels are using? Are these channels full HD or HD Lite?

    Thanks,

    Dave
     
  2. say-what

    say-what Active Member

    5,794
    15
    Dec 14, 2006
    New Orleans
    All we know is that they're in mpeg-4

    If my locals are typical, then they're going to look great. Can't tell the difference between OTA and the mpeg-4 version.
     
  3. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    37,060
    287
    Jun 18, 2006
    "Waiting is."
     
  4. Greyshadow2007

    Greyshadow2007 Legend

    246
    0
    Aug 23, 2006
    Is what, O Zen Master? :)
     
  5. luckydob

    luckydob Godfather

    451
    0
    Oct 1, 2006
    Who cares. Use your eyes as judge...this HD Lite thing is rediculous.
     
  6. JLucPicard

    JLucPicard Hall Of Fame

    3,985
    0
    Apr 27, 2004
    I heard they're going to be HD Ultra-Lite - faded color and fuzzy lines...

    What luckydob said - good grief already!!!
     
  7. Spike

    Spike Legend

    198
    2
    Jul 4, 2007
    I'll take full resolution please and high bit rates to boot. Why settle for less? Demand the best! And a lot of it too!
     
  8. mcbeevee

    mcbeevee 97% Complete

    1,283
    0
    Sep 18, 2006
    Kinda hard to complain about the picture quality of something that's never been seen! :rolleyes:
     
  9. davewolfs

    davewolfs Mentor

    40
    0
    Aug 18, 2007
    I am inquiring because I am considering switching from E*. There is no point in making a switch if the channels that I currently watch look like crap.
     
  10. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

    16,473
    133
    Aug 5, 2002
    Dripping...
    AFAIK, nobody's actually has been able to break into a MPEG4 box and see exactly what the resolution is being set to.
     
  11. LameLefty

    LameLefty I used to be a rocket scientist

    12,182
    105
    Sep 28, 2006
    Middle...
    Then wait a few weeks and read reports here, go to a Best Buy and watch some stuff on the new channels when they go live, and decide then if it's worth it.
     
  12. davewolfs

    davewolfs Mentor

    40
    0
    Aug 18, 2007
    Can the HR-20 backup recorded shows to an external drive?

    How many hours of hi-def can the HR-20 store?
     
  13. dbmaven

    dbmaven Icon

    810
    0
    May 29, 2004
    No. The eSATA connection works, but it replaces and disables the internal hard drive if an external is present.

    One source says:
    any combination of as much as 200 hours of standard-def, 30 hours of MPEG-2, or 50 hours of MPEG-4 programming
     
  14. kmill14

    kmill14 Godfather

    487
    0
    Jun 12, 2007
    Well, I don't know about you, but I look at ANYTHING on TNTHD verses local HD or even Discovery HD and I see a significant difference.
     
  15. Herdfan

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

    6,503
    98
    Mar 18, 2006
    Teays...
    No it isn't.

    Back when I had both D* and E*, E*'s channels were much sharper and I was using my eyes to judge.
     
  16. Redlinetire

    Redlinetire Icon

    927
    0
    Jul 24, 2007

    And you stayed with D* because...?

    Why not just stay with E*? :confused:

    These endless hd-lite flame wars are just a waste of bandwith.

    We need a separate forum for all the hd-lite and "my hr-20 isn't a tivo" whiners... :D
     
  17. Herdfan

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

    6,503
    98
    Mar 18, 2006
    Teays...
    I had E*'s HD package only for the sole reason of watching NASCAR on TNT-HD.

    I stayed with D* for one reason: NFL Sunday Ticket.
     
  18. MIAMI1683

    MIAMI1683 New Member

    2,570
    0
    Jul 11, 2007
    I was watching football the other night on ESPN HD and the picture appeard to me to be great. I think it has gotten better and better as it has gone on. I can't tell the difference in OTA vs. mpeg 4 either. It will be great when D10 goes live. % people I work with have asked me about switching in the last 2 days
     
  19. Jeremy W

    Jeremy W Hall Of Fame

    13,447
    0
    Jun 19, 2006
    There are people who claim the 1080i MPEG4 locals are being down-rezzed to 1440x1080i, and there are people who claim that they're not. But as you said, we can't extract the video from the HR20 to find out once and for all.
     
  20. davewolfs

    davewolfs Mentor

    40
    0
    Aug 18, 2007
    Odd, this can't be done if you are using an external drive via the eSATA connection?
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page