Originally Posted by Marco33
Is the PQ on HBO-HD worth the bother to upgrade my package?
The HD package is ok. I watch a lot of movies on the HDNET Movies... they are not very good. A lot of ghosting.
It depends on who your HD provider is. And it also depends on whether you are watching on a 32-inch set or an 8 foot 1080p state-of-the-art-and-I-drive-an-old-car setup.
It also depends on your purpose. Generally, any movie on a TV channel is not going to look as good as the same movie on a disk of the same format (ie in this case, HD format). Of course, many films are not available on HD disk, and in fact, HDNET Movies shows a few films that are not even available on DVD.
I'm going to resubscribe to HBO in order to watch "John From Cincinnati", the latest TV show by David Milch (Deadwood, NYPD Blue, Hill Street Blues
), which starts June 10, IIRC. So, I might as well subscribe on June 1 and catch Star Wars as well.
Boxes full of VHS tapes of movies testify that "archiving" is a pointless task - DVR the films if you want to see them in the near term, otherwise a better version will pop up later.
I'll be recording off Dish Network HBO-HD with R5000-HD.
HBO-HD = MPEG2 = Very easily played back at the highest PQ with MyHD etc.
Cinemax-HD = MPEG4 H.264 = Not easily played back at the highest PQ
I'm not understanding that. Anything that plays back MPEG4 will play it back at full PQ. If it is insufficient for MPEG4, then it freeze up, and macroblock - which I would not call "lower PQ", I would just call it "failing to play back properly".