A picture quality question.
Upon review, I'm assuming that the correct answer to my question is this: "If you have to use an STB ("box") to decode your TV signal, that impacts the PQ your DVDR will receive due to (1) high source compression (low bit-rate) so they can get more channels in a slot, and (2) the need for an analog line connection between the box and this DVDR."
Comcast's decision to encrypt channels has altered my setup. Now, my setup has the cable line feeding directly into the high-definition cable box. A line connects from the cable box to the Magnavox 2160 Ant-in. The cable box and the Mag are each connected to the TV via a HDMI cables.
The result, aside from the Magnavox recording whatever the cable box is tuned to (insert emoticon of outrage here), is that the picture quality as viewed through the Mag is poor. The Mag is receiving through Channel 3, not DTV Channel 3, just plain old, um, analog channel three.
This is par for the course, yes? There aren't any Mag, Setup/Menu options that can improve the picture quality?
Thanks for your input.