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Sky and Virgin Media Set Top Boxes - Storage capacity


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#1 yabbadoo

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 06:14 AM

This is a UK matter, but I am sure it is universal and common to other  countries, so here goes.

 

I have recently gone onto HD with Virgin Media Cable TV and almost had a heart attack.

My video storage of what I thought was 80 hours, plummeted through the floor. Although I knew I only had about 45 hours of stored programs, the indicator showed only 6 hours free and then went critical.

Well, after a look at the Internet, I discovered to my amazement that recording HD programs takes around 4 times the storage capacity than recording Standard programs.

So I suggest you WATCH HD programs but RECORD Standard programs in order to save storage capacity.

Here it is :-
Virgin Media - Standard storage = 80 hours. HD storage = 20 hours.
Sky TV - Standard storage = 185 hours. HD storage = 60 hours.

Why this 4 to 1 difference between Standard and HD storage is a technical mystery which I dare not investigate for fear of having an intelligence melt-down..

 



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Posted 15 July 2013 - 04:32 PM

Without all the techno jargon it comes down to pixel density(quantity) and coding to massage that data into a usable display to achieve HD quality. More pixels per square inch more data space needed.

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 04:57 PM

Without all the techno jargon it comes down to pixel density(quantity) and coding to massage that data into a usable display to achieve HD quality. More pixels per square inch more data space needed.

Thanks.

 

I feel proper pixelated.

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 05:26 PM

You're welcome.

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