I got my tv on thursday and the first thing I did was turn on all the features in the ez menu. Then I connected to the network and upgraded the firmware to the latest 3.11.4
Disconnected everything and reconnected and now the dvd works fine via component.
DVR is not that useful for me, as it only records ota hd and it has to be the one I'm watching it seems (it's my only digital source, can't record analog cable). My first attempt to record ota while the tv was off failed. Not sure if it was because I turned my harddrive off (it glows in standby mode, so like to have it off), was thinking it might turn it on automatically. Will try again tonight. The recorded digital shows look great though.
Viewing analog cable tv is ok, not any worse than my last 60inch projection, but wish there was an easier way than having to switch back and forth between cable and ota via a/b switcher, my 8 year old tv had 2 rf type connectors. I know the solution is to upgrade to digital cable, but not wanting to do that just yet. Using THX brightview setting for most of my viewing, looks a tad yellow to start, but after 5minutes looks great.