Advertisements The last couple years I've noticed the picture quality degrading and being able to see compression artifacts etc. Today I finally used the info option to see that older recordings were twice the size and do look better. Some half hour programs were just under 2 gigabytes and now they're like 0.8 GB. I gave up watching some shows on HBO the last couple of years because the quality was so bad and figured I'd just wait for the Blu-ray to come out instead. I have an old episode of supernatural that's still on my TiVo and it's 4.71 GB while a newer recording is 1.78 gigabytes. I remember a few years back when the cable providers lobbied the government to get the bitrates changed as to what qualifies for HD did they get them removed entirely?