I currenly have a Series 1 DirecTV DVR. Hughes GXCEB0T. Yeah, I know it's antiquated, but I don't need the series 2 extras and have upgraded the hard drive so I was in no hurry to replace it.
Well, I now have a Samsung DLP HD TV and have been debating getting the HD DVR. I have read the forums and know of the format change to MPEG-4 and possibly having to upgrade again. Since getting the new TV, I have been really disappointed with the picture quality coming from the DVR. I'm using the S-Video output to connect to the TV (best output signal for this unit). If I upgrade to the HD DVR, am I going to notice a big difference in picture quality since I will be connecting using the HDMI cable? I know I will see a huge difference when I tune in to a HD broadcast, but what about non-HD signals? I'm hoping that I will see less pixelation and graininess than I do now.
Can anyone chime in on whether or not I will see a difference in picture quality from my current model to the HD model since I will be upgrading the connection to the TV as well?
Also, I'm north of Richmond but south of DC (Fredericksburg/Ladysmith). I have been to the websites to check availability of OTA HD signals and would have to put up the largest antennae available to even get a decent signal. A co-worker in Stafford (north of me) has commented that I can get waivers for local channels. He is getting the DC local feed though, versus my Richmond local feed. I know it's a different thread, but I record 90% of my programming from local channels and would be a little miffed if I couldn't get local HD programming from DirecTV.
Thanks for any info.