Originally Posted by AllElectric
Any insight on the 50PC1DR? The included HD DVR, good/bad/don't know, wonder if BB has them yet...
Yes, BB does have them, although not many of them. I live in Chicago and they had to go all the way to northern Indiana to get mine! I've had it now for a couple of weeks.
I have it connected to my Sony SAT-HD200 DirecTV receiver, which I used for my previous CRT HD set. This has DVI output, so I got a DVI-to-HDMI adapter to plug it into the LG. I also have a roof-mounted antenna for OTA signals.
The good: Almost undetectable fan noise, and very little heat. Great PQ, especially with my new upconverting Sony DVD player or local OTA HD broadcasts. Having 2 HDMI inputs is great (but those cables are EXPENSIVE!!). TV Guide is nice, but not useful with my DirecTV hookup. The set looks great in my living room. The Tonight Show on OTA HD and the HDMI input is awesome!
The bad: The DVR ONLY WORKS WITH ANTENNA, CABLE OR A/V INPUTS! It will NOT let you record from the component or HDMI inputs. This makes the DVR completely useless to me. Not even the "pause live TV" feature works. This is a MAJOR disappointment! I will have to buy an HD DirecTV box with TiVo to get any decent PVR capabilities. (I wonder if this is some kind of DRM copy-protection issue?)
Also, changing between HDMI inputs is REALLY slow, as it has to establish a data connection, which can take at least a second or two. And while it will automatically skip over inputs that have nothing connected to them, this does not seem to be true for the antenna or cable inputs, so I end up with solid snow on the cable input when cycling through the inputs. I wish there was an easy way to switch to a specific input from the remote.
The ugly: The signal from HBO HD and Showtime HD on the satellite is COMPLETELY unwatchable. What you can see of the picture is random blocks, and no sound at all. Maybe this is an issue with DirecTV or my HD satellite receiver, but that receiver worked fine on HD signals with my CRT (Sony KV-34XBR800). Maybe this older box is too slow to process the input for the LG, but it doesn't even work at 720p, much less at 1080i. I'm doing research now to see how I might be able to fix this.
Would I recommend it? Not if you want to use the DVR for any high-quality signals. Definitely not if you have DirecTV (unless I can figure out why the HD signal is so bad). At this point my satisfaction is about a "6" out of 10.