Originally Posted by billinprinceto
Everything that I have archived from my DVR to my DVD/R looks IDENTICAL whether I view from the DVR or from the DVD/R.
The statement is not totally correct. It is correct, of course, for SD content.
However, since HD content must be recorded using the S-video out from the HD-DVR, two things happen. The first, obviously, is that it is no longer HD, and so when viewed cannot possibly look IDENTICAL to the original HD content; indeed, the PQ is not nearly as good. The second, is the recorded program will display in "windowbox" format with black bars on all four sides - one solution to this distraction that I have used is to use the DVD/R zoom capability to fill the screen vertically giving a decent 4:3 representation of the original program.