Archives for: May 2004, 28

05/28/04

  11:03:10 am, by The Dreamer   , 301 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, OTA HDTV

Samsung SIR-T351 & ReplayTV

Well, I got it working....

Selected Satellite box....Samsung/Other -> 7110 and fine tuned (changed minimum number of digits to enter to 2...for what I tried it tuned fastest this way).

First time I selected DirectTV as my lineup, and deleted all the non-local channels. Only problem is it bumped my standard cable line up by add 1000 to the digits. For such a small number of local OTA channels...that is kind of annoying.

So, I used WiRNS to pipe in a smaller lineup....this put the OTA HD channels after the standard cable line up....a side effect is that it only added 100 to the numbers. Standard cable ranges on channels 2-71.

Only problem is I'm not happy with the results....

The HD stations send 16:9 source all the time....just black borders on the side when the show is 4:3. The box on SD letterboxes the 16:9 source...by default....which puts borders top and bottom.

So when the show is 4:3 is makes for a really small picture with borders on all four sides. I could choose zoom, which but then I'll lose the sides of realy 16:9 shows.

Probably will be less of an issue once my 43" TV arrives....just looks really bad on my 21" TV.

Plus I'll probably one use it when I want to record 16:9 HD content in SD .... on to my ReplayTV.

I'm probably gonna break down and rent the cable company HD DVR to timeshift HD shows. Perhaps someday there'll be a ReplayTV that will do HD. I hated the non-HD DVR...and I don't think anything has changed in the HD version...except that it can do HD, store less, but comes with a bigger drive..... Apparently a 160G drive instead of an 80G drive...and record about 16 hours instead of 32 hours. (32hours on 80G to 16hours on 160G).

Now instead of subjecting some poor random forum to a long rambling thought, I will try to consolidate those things into this blog where they can be more easily ignored profess to be collected thoughts from my mind.

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