Once you get used to having a DVR, you will get used to recording stuff at every which time of the day, which requires 24/7 operation.
The VideoMate T750
can power up (and power down) the computer for automated recording, and presumably there are other products with that feature. Very handy, especially if you go on a holiday for instance.
pablo villa wrote:
And with regards to lots of space: I dont want to keep stuff forever. Ive read somewhere that 2gb/hour is quite fine, so a 160gb hard drive willl leave me with say 70 hours after OS + programs.
Example numbers with the T750 and Australian digital TV:
High Definition 1440Ã—1080 MPEG-II
â€¢ 1.96 Mbps / 0:59:33 = 4.81GB
â€¢ 2.16 Mbps / 1:00:47 = 4.91GB
â€¢ 2.55 Mbps / 1:03:23 = 5.12GB
Standard Definition 720Ã—576 MPEG-II
â€¢ 7.33 Mbps / 0:32:12 = 1.65GB
â€¢ 7.18 Mbps / 1:01:12 = 3.07GB
â€¢ 7.33 Mbps / 1:00:28 = 3.09GB
I didn't realise HD recorded at a lower bit-rate than SD until I noted the figures just then (I'm no home theatre expert
). Quality of both is excellent on my 21" SyncMaster 214T.
ComproDTV 3 appears to have configurable recording settings, but these are greyed out in my copy. I don't mind as the default MPEG-II causes no major problems apart from its size, but that's one reason why I have a 750GB HDD