The first thing I did with the 533 was connecting to the wall (no cable box). The initial scan only picked up random channels, nothing I would ever want to record. Next I tried a splitter and third I tried with the 533 as a slave to the cable box. The slave configuration would actually work for me as I only wish to pause live TV and record a program when I am not home to watch it live. However the lack of HD irks me.
I've set the 533 to 1080i, 1080p, progressive scan ON, progressive scan OFF. The picture isn't bad, but no where near the quality the HD picture that comes from Comcast.
I am not familiar with "upconvert to 1080p" although I suspect my issue is not a lack of 1080p, but a lack of HD. It seems there would be a lucrative market for a HD DVR that functions like a VCR, no?
I truly appreciate the kind responses.
Build an HTPC,
TiVo with cable card,
The jungle of HD boxes with their own issues, no fee, function like a VCR and do not support a cable card. Do your homework.
Your TV gets more channels than the 533 and they are HD?