Registered: Sep 2002
Originally posted by Toeside
I think I understand... Let's use Friends as an example. It's not an HD show, but it'll sure be on my 5-1 digital NBC OTA local. So, if I record Friends from 5-1 OTA, I'll be getting a non-HD show that's been upconverted to 1080i via the broadcast affiliate?
So that "airing" of Friends will look better than recording the same episode on "5" that is from the DirecTV satellite?
Hmm, not sure which is beneficial now. I want to conserve space for true HD shows (Law & Orders, CSIs, Without a Trace, Joan of Arcadia, etc)... So I guess the non-HD shows will be recorded via DirecTV locals...and probably on my old DirecTiVo...
You got it. The broadcast upconverters do a much better job than any upconverter available to us, plus the DirecTV compression is worse on the SD locals than on any other channels (and I swear, they must be receiving a couple of locals with a coathanger... for example, my NBC local has some herringbone lines sometimes, and my TBS local has ghosting). Of course, the smaller the TV, the more likely you may not notice the D* SD lack of quality.
So, the answer is, if the D* SD feeds look o.k. to you, then they are the ones to record. However, the OTA HD SD material should look better (but you may not notice it depending on your TV).
Jose R. Perez
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