Wednesday, October 3, 2007

First recording interrupted by EBS!

And we had our first recording interrupted by an overnight EBS (emergency broadcast system). The Motorola software does not handle EBS signals very efficiently. They basically stop the recording, show the EBS, and start a 2nd program for the remaining piece.

Given that these are dual-tuner recorders, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that you can show the Emergency Broadcast Signal on the foreground tuner, and continue recording on the background tuner. Because no one can see the EBS on the background tuner!.

Reality check, Moto-Comcast, they built computers so we can use them, not to be paperweights. A very simple algorithm can do what I described above. It would take your programmers less than one hour to design, implement and test this.

Some common sense please Moto and Comcast! Thank you very much :-)

Monday, October 1, 2007

How much space do programs take on the hard disk?

This post will track how much space on average each program/channel takes. This will be given as a percentage of hard disk space occupied and calculated after deleting the program. These are rounded numbers and are intended as a ballpark estimate. They are not a scientific precision calculation :-)

  • This post will get updated with new and improved measurements over time! The channels are listed alphabetically to make it easier for you to find your favorites.

    SD programming
  • 1 hour of BBC America: about 1%
  • 90 mins of Comedy Central: 1%
  • 1 hour of Fox: 1%
  • 1 hour of HBO: 1%
  • 1 hour of PBS: 1%
  • 1 hour of SciFi Channel: 1%
  • 1 hour of TBS shows (not live games): about 1%
  • 1 hour of TMC: about 1%
  • 2 hrs of VH1 Classic: 2% (1% per hour)

    HD programming
  • 30min London Live (MojoHD): 3%
  • 30 min concert on MTV-HD (MHD): 3%
  • 1 hour of Heroes (NBC-HD): 6%
  • 1 hour (tv series) on Universal HD: 3%