With a quick 5 minute cursory review this morning, both DVRs seem about the same on record and playback picture quality.
The PBS Nature show – Wolves and Buffalo does have some unusual picture quality issues, at least in my market and set up. It reminds me of the lower quality LCD panels of years gone by with jerky poppy motion that would give me a headache.
This is easy to spot in the recorded show around the 44 minute mark. It is actually present for the entire one hour show. It is most objectionable with the extreme telephoto lens shots. Instead of the normal smooth flowing 24p you would get with BluRay, you get video jerkiness that sort of drive me nuts. Perhaps with all the video electronics used in the production along with the delivery to my house, it just turns into chop suey. It could be that video cameras were used instead of film cameras etc. Sort of like the changes in the CSI series that took place a few years ago that is so easy to spot.
Both DVRs mark this picture around the 44 min mark, plus or minus 30 seconds. In the picture shot attached the wolves head just pops around on the screen from side to side a couple of inches. To me there are almost 50% of the frames missing. As I said the entire one hour is like that; but only during the very long distance lenses does it start to go wacko. For the record my wife does not see any of this.
I was also able to capture recordings of Basketball, Golf, and NASCAR on both DVRs so I may be able to look into those comparisons this week.
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