Live TV compressed?

I was wondering if live tv is compressed more when watching a channel live? I was watching a show tonight in 1080 live and noticed a lot of artifacts on dark parts of the screen.  I decided to play back the recording to check and they aren’t there.  I have my recordings set to 1080 as well. Is the bitrate on live TV lower by chance?

@COglesby21 Nope - the Tablo is transcoding the stream to the same quality that you’ve set in the Settings screen for both Live TV and recordings.I know it may seem unlikely, but the artifacts could have been a result of a intermittent weather or broadcast issue, and when you switched back to the recording, they may have dissipated. But the original feed isn’t any different than the recording.