I'm a bit late to the party, but I just got an HDTV. The TV is in our living room which is also home to our DVR receiver. I'm not exactly sure the specific model for the receiver, but we just got DirecTV back 3 months ago so I'm sure it's whatever the current non-HD receiver is.
We hooked it up with the RCA cables and the picture looks pretty meh. My mother doesn't want to pay the extra cost to get an HD receiver so I'm trying to maximize what I can with what I have. I hooked my Xbox360 up to it via component and it looks fantastic. Can the non-HD DVR support that? What about S-Video? For a hail mary what about HDMI? What is the max resolution this can output? 480P?
Thanks for any help.
It's me again. I have been doing a lot of reading this morning and I have a couple of points to make.
Someone correct me if I am wrong, but, the SD receivers /DVRs are made to convert the digital signal from DirecTV to analog for use on the non digital TVs that we all used to have. The analog signal going into the Digital HD TV does not do well at all. There might be a huge difference in the SD channels quality when they are put to the TV using an HD receiver that is outputting a digital signal vs a SD receiver / DVR. This might be the reason your picture looks so bad.
Having said all of the above, and repeating what others have already posted, "No need to have an HD TV without HD service. Also, with the HD service free for 24 months, the cost to switch is nothing. "