Originally posted by Bob Michael
TWC subscribers in Durham can get the 3250HD box at the kiosk at Southpoint!
I swapped mine out this morning. I did have to call and have it activated. First impressions - HD and SD picture are much improved over the 5100HD. The fellow I talked to there swore the DVI ouput was enabled - I'll check this afternoon and report back.
The very helpful person I talked to at TWC said it would be "3-4 months" before it was available at the Club Blvd location. So go by Southpoint if you'd like one now.
Okay. the DVI output is not enabled. Too bad!
Oddly, the on-screen menus ONLY display via component output, as far as I can tell. The box still falls short in upconverting SD material to HD. SD channels via component are inferior to s-video, or even composite output, but are much improved over the 5100HD. Upconverted SD programming on HD channels are quite good, though.
Sidebars are in grey, only a minor annoyance for me since I only use the box for HD (I use the TWC DVR for SD). There seems to be no way to change this.
Although I have a native 720p TV (Samsung HLN507W), I find the HD picture at little better by setting the output to 1080i and letting the TV do the conversion (most HD channels are in native 1080i). But switching to 720p output for 720p broadcasts is better than 1080i.