We’ve had a HDTV for quite some time, but never really shelled out the extra dough for HD programming, until now 😉 My father in law decided to get satellite and he opted for the HD programming. After seeing how clear and nutty a praying mantis looked on Discovery HD, we were sold. It’s roughly $20 extra per month for 23 HD channels. While, it’s true that not all of them are “true” HD, but standard def (SD) rebroadcasted over HD, it’s still all good.
After the installation, the first thing I did was very the resolution. Checking the info on my TV, it showed the signal with a resolution of 1080i. PIMP!! But then I noticed that it showed the input coming from Component Video and not HDMI!?!! This kind of turned me off a bit b/c I figured for the best and highest quality picture, HDMI would need to be used.
But I was wrong. After some testing of viewing the same signal over both HDMI and component, it was a general consensus of 4 people the component video output for HD was much sharper and vibrant than the HDMI output. So I guess that closes the case on which video source to use. We’ll keep the DVD on HDMI for the upconversion.