How many hours of TV shows can I store on my DualTV MCE system?

Answer ID 1288
Published 03/16/2006 11:40 AM
Updated 05/04/2010 06:06 PM

How many hours of TV shows can I store on my DualTV MCE system?


Media Center offers four levels of  recording quality, Fair, Good, Better, and Best. The quality level affects the amount of disk space needed: the higher the quality level, the larger the recorded TV file, and the more disk space needed.

Media Center offers four recording quality levels:

  • Best: The highest video quality with the lowest compression level. Choose this level as the default level only if you have a very large hard disk, do not keep many recorded shows, or you have a very large TV screen.
  • Better: The second-highest quality level enables you to keep more recorded shows than Best, while offering almost perfect video quality. Choose this level as the default level if you have a large TV screen, watch shows with a lot of action, or don't want any flaws in video quality.
  • Good: The second-highest compression level allows you to store many recorded TV shows with acceptable video quality. At this level, you may notice some distortion during action scenes. Choose this level as the default level if you have a medium-sized TV screen; want to store a large number of recorded shows on your Media Center PC; and can tolerate occasional, minor video flaws.
  • Fair: The highest compression level maximizes the number of recorded TV shows that you can store. At this level, you will notice distortion when there is movement in recorded TV. Choose this level as the default level if you have a small TV screen, want to store as many shows as possible on your Media Center PC, and can tolerate visible video flaws.

The following table describes approximately how much disk space that recorded shows of different lengths take up at each recording level.

Show length Best Better Good Fair
30 minutes 1.6 GB 1.25 GB .9 GB .75 GB
1 hour 3.3 GB 2.5 GB 1.75 GB 1.5 GB
2 hours 6.5 GB 5 GB 3.5 GB 3 GB

The following table describes approximately how many hours of recorded TV shows you can store on your computer, based on the hard disk space that you have assigned for storing recorded TV.

Disk Space Best Better Good Fair
100 GB 30 hours 40 hours 57 hours 67 hours
150 GB 45 hours 60 hours 86 hours 100 hours
200 GB 60 hours 80 hours 114 hours 133 hours
250 GB 76 hours 100 hours 143 hours 167 hours

 

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