Originally Posted by thal
artwire- I tried the SP mode today with the Cowboys game. I really didn't like the quality at all. I don't think I will ever record in SP. Plus a new 500gb hard drive isn't that bad of a price.
On the Roku thing I've never heard of any great reviews. I do have a fast connection but the quality doesn't look good on my computer streaming off of Netflix. I have a beast video card and a HP LCD monitor. My main problem with the streaming video from Netflix is that most of the movie available just plain suck. There old or just not that good.
Maybe you have a better tv than I do
I started using HQ when I first got my maggy and it was filling up fast. Then several guys here recommended the 2 hr speed - I tried it side by side and didn't notice enough of a difference btween HQ and SP to justify the inconvenience of dubbing to DVDs an hour at a time. I generally leave it on 2 hr (per disc ) speed, since it's handy for many programs, but in a pinch I might stretch to 2 1/2 or 3 in order to still be able to HSD some content to a single dvd. if you try to squeeze more than that in, the quality drops considerably and it's not worth it . I have a panny recorder that does much better at LP ( 4 hrs. for a dvd), so for longer stuff that needs to go on one disc, that's what I do.
If you have a big drive installed and are not planning to make dubs, there's no reason to not use HQ. But for casual viewing, if space is an issue, it's a small trade off. Or , if it's something I want to watch but not keep, sometimes I record to the buffer instead of to the HD, and then just let it go. I'm down to only a few hours on one drive now, so have to strategize (and back up).
I like to burn off DVD copies for replaying later or on different tvs, so 1 hr , regardless of how good it looks, or how much space there is, may not work for me. If it's something REALLY special, maybe I'd splurge on HQ -- but then I'd either have to divide the title and chunk the HSD into sections, which is kind of a zzzzzzz, or do a real time dub, which is also kind of a zzzzzzz.
As for roku, the netflix stream is handy (selection varies but there's lots of international and 'classic' movies that we like - and TV. The quality is not eye popping, but with a fast connection the HD stuff has looked about the same as rented DVD quality (not BluRay). I rarely use it, but having access to amazon on Roku is handy if you want to see a just released movie. The new channels I mentioned are internet based, so they offer a chance to catch up on podcasts, news, and even access photos on flickr and picassa. You could do the same by hooking your computer up to your tv, but this is easier for an extra tv.
Glad you're happy with the new Maggy. Let us know how the HD installation goes! (I'm right behind you -- waiting til warranty is over).