Originally Posted by slowbiscuit IMO you're much better off with an HD receiver
if you don't mind paying Comcast's ripoff rental, since you'll get a ton of HD channels
instead of crappy looking SD expanded basics. You did get an HDTV to watch HD, right?
Yes, I agree the HDTV runs MUCH better when fed a diet of HD channels.
The 60" Sony 1080p HDTV in my living room looks fantastic
in HD, while SD channels look like a magnifying glass placed over an adolescent's acne-ridden face.
I just can't watch SD on that. My wife does, however, as we have Digital Starter package and don't get all the chick-flick channels in HD. So, she watches them down in the SD tier.
However, the 19" HDTV in the office is hooked to Comcast via SD DTA. I do have a Blu-Ray player (with streaming Netflix) hooked up to it via HDMI for movies, but back there I mostly watch upconverted DVDs and Netflix HD -- not actual Blu-Ray disc movies... I actually didn't get that TV for
HDTV content -- I mostly got it to save space over the previous bulky 19" CRT while ensuring HD capability for the future. Sooner or later, EVERYTHING will be HD.
Point is, if someone has a "main" HDTV set without HD tier content (whether Comcast or whatever provider), they are missing out on a wonderful experience. To paraphrase what you said, why have an HDTV if you are mostly watching SD?
The only exception would be for the 2nd or 3rd (probably smaller) TVs in the house.
This decade I hope HD content becomes so ubiquitous that Comcast and others drop the "HD" content fee they are all currently charging. The DTAs would then just be authenticator boxes with HD capability. The only extra charge would be for set top boxes with PPV (on demand) and DVR functions. I never use PPV but we can't live without the HD DVR! I was on vacation this last week and on the TV I had to use at that location I severely missed the instant "pause" and "rewind" TiVo-type functions of my HDTV Comcast remote contorol!