HDTV media file on standard TV?

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  1. gphillips

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    Hi

    I would like to download some epsidoses of 24 etc, but I notice many are in HDTV format. What does this mean? Is it just Divx with a higer res, or is it an "all new" codec?

    Can I play these on my MCE even though I have a standard TV?

    Can anybody suggest a good place to download TV shows etc? - Im not interested in movie pircacy! - just the "less grey" downloading of TV shows as I dont subscibe to Sky !

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    My understanding is that the HDTV format is a reference to the broadcast image used to create the file and not to the content of the file. These files come in all sorts of different sizes, a 30 minute 1080i show as mpg is over 3G. It depends which version you download as to which codec and what resolution you get.
    I have no idea what MCE can play... it should be really easy to try... if you are downloading the really big 1080i files... then it is probably more your processor than MCE that defines if they can be played. Only high end pentium 4s can manage the big stuff with many people recommending dual processors.

    The answer is... if you want to do this... then experiment.
     

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