[mythtv-users] What's the point of MythTV HD?

Larry Sanderson larry.sanderson at gmail.com
Mon Dec 3 23:09:34 UTC 2007

On Monday 03 December 2007 03:06:37 pm Ryan Steffes wrote:
> On Dec 3, 2007 2:19 PM, James Gutshall Jr <warchildx at gmail.com> wrote:
> > "downsampled content via SVideo"
> >
> > Doesnt this, by definition change the content to NOT HD?  I agree
> > that it provides a way to watch the channel, but for some, the the
> > HD channel is also available in analog, thus the problem isnt
> > watching that particular program.  the problem is that we want to
> > record, and watch later, the program in question.... in HD quality.
> Well you have to decide what your intent is.  Is your intent to have
> excellent picture quality, clear sharp images, and a convenient, easy
> to use television recording system for premium content, or are you
> completely set on having buzzword compliant 1080p images regardless
> of how much better or worse the image looks as an absolute
> comparison, in order to psychologically justify the additional cost
> of going "all HD"?
> ....

Perhaps I am in the minority around here, but IMO down-converted HD 
content shown over s-video does not even come close to true HD 
material.  If you are satisfied with SD, then that's fine, but some 
folks (myself and apparently the original poster included) crave the 
added fidelity that HD offers.

That said, I do prefer watching SD with mythtv rather than HD without 
it.  I have not bothered to get HD cable/satellite yet... I get all the 
local networks in HD over the air, and old-school analog cable gets me 
the rest.  I look forward to the day when there is a reasonable, and 
legal way to plug an HD cable/satellite source into myth.

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