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TV Series on DVD and Standard Def Maggys

I've noticed that since having a high def tv, tv series on DVD do not look as good when played on a standard def HDD Magnavox. Movie DVD images look better than TV series images, and I was wondering if anyone knew if it was because of compression where 3 hours(4 forty four minute episodes) get compressed onto one disc.

Also, does anyone know if a high def Maggy would make a difference with the tv series on DVD images?
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Much more "attention" is paid in shooting and producing a high-quality master for a commercial movie compared to a regular TV series show. PQ starts with the original source.

There is no HD Mag that can play DVDs, only a new Philips HD DVR w/o a DVD burner, from the same mfgr.
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Movie DVD images look better than TV series images, and I was wondering if anyone knew if it was because of compression where 3 hours(4 forty four minute episodes) get compressed onto one disc.
However, some movies are almost 3 hours long and they still have a better image quality than tv series on DVD.

Also, do blue ray discs have movie DVD images(or tv series on DVD images) that look like television high def images?
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Much more "attention" is paid in shooting and producing a high-quality master for a commercial movie compared to a regular TV series show. PQ starts with the original source.
Oh, okay. Thank you for your answer, wajo.

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There is no HD Mag that can play DVDs, only a new Philips HD DVR w/o a DVD burner, from the same mfgr.
Oh, I didn't know that. Thanks for the heads up.
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However, some movies are almost 3 hours long and they still have a better image quality than tv series on DVD.

Also, do blue ray discs have movie DVD images(or tv series on DVD images) that look like television high def images?
Commercial DVDs are generally done on DL(dual layer) blanks, which hold ~2x what a SL(single layer) disc can hold. DL blanks are more than several times the cost of SL blanks so unless your movies are much more than 2hrs it doesn't really pay, besides Magnavox DVDRs don't burn to DL media, only SL.
On a most DVDRs it's really best to use SP(or faster) speeds for full resolution recording, using speeds longer than SP(SPP for example) results in 1/2 the resolution as SP. All commercial DVDs are done in full resolution which is why for longer material they have to resort to DL blanks.

Not sure what you mean by your last point but yes you or a mfg. can put TV series on BD, in HD or SD but they will only play in a BD player, even if they are only recorded in SD. Not really any standalone SD BD recorders in N. America, Panasonic makes some for the European/PAL market but none are sold here. In N. America you'd have to build one yourself using a PC and BD burner. Note blank SL BDs even though they hold almost 3x of a DL DVD are actually cheaper and burn faster, really the way to go for long recordings if your all setup for BDs.
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Commercial DVDs are generally done on DL(dual layer) blanks, which hold ~2x what a SL(single layer) disc can hold. DL blanks are more than several times the cost of SL blanks so unless your movies are much more than 2hrs it doesn't really pay, besides Magnavox DVDRs don't burn to DL media, only SL.
On a most DVDRs it's really best to use SP(or faster) speeds for full resolution recording, using speeds longer than SP(SPP for example) results in 1/2 the resolution as SP. All commercial DVDs are done in full resolution which is why for longer material they have to resort to DL blanks.

Not sure what you mean by your last point but yes you or a mfg. can put TV series on BD, in HD or SD but they will only play in a BD player, even if they are only recorded in SD. Not really any standalone SD BD recorders in N. America, Panasonic makes some for the European/PAL market but none are sold here. In N. America you'd have to build one yourself using a PC and BD burner. Note blank SL BDs even though they hold almost 3x of a DL DVD are actually cheaper and burn faster, really the way to go for long recordings if your all setup for BDs.
Thanks, jjeff.
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