Hello, first of all, what state do you live in?
I have a 36hl43, and i`m curious as to how come I NEVER find this model for sale lower than $250?
I`m amazed that you found it so cheap!
The DVI output will NOT work with your application.
Because of the HDMI Handshake problem.
The best advice I can give you to enjoy this tv is plain and simple!
You MUST Dis-connect the DVI cable when recording anything! IF you`re just watching tv, that`s 1 thing.
But this TV will NOT pass ANY HD High Def. content through the outputs!
So, disconnect the DVI cable when recoirding.
Go OUT of the cable box, to your Video Filter encoder box, OUT of that to your recorders, OUT of your recorder,
to your TV. And use the S-Video inputs.
However, you can NOT go OUT of this tv from the DVI.
That is an INPUT! Again, IF recording ANY shows TO VHS Videotape, OR a DVD Recorder, you MUST dis-connect the DVI
Cable to the tv, OR FROM the cable box.
This is what I HAVE to do, to record ANY shows onto my DVD Recorder.