While Matrix Reloaded was on, I popped in the Matrix Reloaded DVD and synced them up so they were both playing in parallel. I spent the first hour of the movie switching from ant a to input 1 comparing PQ. Surprisingly enough, I honestly could not tell the difference between the two! Well, except for the black bars of course. I was surprised, because my initial reaction when the movie started playing on HBO HD was that the picture just looked superb.
My DVD Player is about 4 years old, it is a non-progressive scan dvd player using component output straight to the TV. The model is Toshiba SD-2300. My TV is a new Hitachi 50vs810 LCD.
Now, I am not a videophile by any means. Are my findings just a result of an "untrained eye" ? Should the PQ on HBO HD be substantially greater than DVD or just neglible? How does HBO broadcast movies in HD anyway?