Originally Posted by ohernan
I'm on the fence as far as signing up for Cox's HD STB...from their website, it looks like the only way to hook up their HD STB is through component video. The installation instructions show a DVI port on the back, but it's labeled "disabled".
My new TV only has 2 sets of component inputs, and they're both already taken by my DVD player and XBox. Do they offer a STB with either DVI or HDMI outputs? My TV has 2 HDMI inputs as well as 2 firewire inputs (but I doubt Cox has boxes advanced enough to output over IEEE1394). My only other option is a cablecard, but I'd hate to lose the program guide.
Cox's documentation sucks, but don't worry about it. I thought the same thing and when I ordered the HD/DVR I received the Motorola DCT 6400 series (6416, 160 gb harddrive) which has HDMI, Component, S-video, and Composite video out. Plus conventional analog audio out and also digital audio out (both optical and coax) so you should be good to go.
The only downside I have found with the STB is that you have to decide how you want the video and audio to output signals. Meaning you have to 1st pick 720p or 1080i for HD, then for SD you have to choose 480i or 480p standard, or stretch the 480i/p. Also for digital audio you have to chose between dolby digital and PCM output.
IMO, the PCM output sounds louder and my receiver uses DTS technology to matrix the sound for the 6.1 system I have.
As for the quality of Cox's HD channels, as numerous others have stated, TNT-HD absolutely sucks. But the rest are pretty good. I personally enjoy the MHD (MTV-HD) channel as they broadcast a lot of live performances in very good quality. INHD and INHD2 are also fairly good channels.
Frankly, DVR is pretty freaking cool.