I'm not totally sure about this, but the TiVo is always buffering at best quality. So when you hit record it will save the buffer and continue to record in best quality. Setting to different qualities only really works with scheduled recordings, ie: when you set up the SP or Wishlist. I believe you do have the option to change the quality when you hit record, but then you lose the part that's in the buffer.
When I record smiting that I am watching live I use 2 procedures. If I want to record something that I just saw then I press record and "record at best" which picks up the buffer to record what I just watched. There are occasions that I want to record the rest of the program but not what I just watched. For example I am watching the Today show and they mention what is up coming in the next segment.
In this case press record and then select "season pass and other options" then select record this program. Now you get a choice to either record the buffer and the rest of the program at best. Or only the rest of the program in basic or what ever your options are set to.
A quirk to watch out for when pressing record while watching live TV. If the 30 minute buffer crosses 2 programs (buffer is from 7:45 to 8:15 and the program changed at 8:00) and what you want to record is between 7:45 and 8:00 you will get the current program 8:00 to 8:15 and the recording drops the 7:45 to 8:00 part of the buffer. That has hit me a couple of times. There is no way to record the last of the previous program.
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