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FaT ToNy
07-24-2008, 04:50 PM
I was told that I would be able to view HDTV with my non HD TV useing my component video inputs, wouldnt be as good as hd but it would be able to see hd channels is this true is it worth the upgrade of my cable box? Oh I have a Mitsubishi 50 " about 6 yrears old thanks for any help.

Loves2Watch
07-24-2008, 04:58 PM
Yes you can see Hd channels but you may have a problem with aspect ratio (4:3 vs. 16:9) so unless there are some special channels only available in HD that you want to see, I doubt it would be worth it at this point in time.

The_Omega_Man
07-24-2008, 05:13 PM
Errr that may not work as you think!

Unfortunately, there are at least two different Component Video specification standards. HD video @ (720+ lines) uses more bandwidth, thus a higher frequency range, than standard component video feed @ 480 lines.

You will need to check the specifications in the manual or on the support web site to see if the TV can support the higher BW of an HD feed.

My Sony 50" HDTV has both types of component inputs, and it will not accept HD level video on the SD component inputs, only on the HD component input. :what:

Now you may be able to set the cable box to output 480p and it will down convert all HD video to that video resolution, which your TV can certainly accept. depending upon the cable box, this could distort your 16:9 broadcasts by either clipping the sides to give you an apparent 4:3 image or could letter box the whole image. (As was mentioned above)

FaT ToNy
07-25-2008, 09:49 AM
Hey thanks for the quick reply I think I will wait then untill I get an hdtv.

FaT ToNy
07-29-2008, 01:45 PM
Well I went ahead and had cox send me the hd dvr box it was only a buck more a month so I figured what the heck. I am glad I did picture has never looked better and I get the hd channels it will hold me till I get the hdtv I want. The new box has optical out for sound which is nice.

Loves2Watch
07-29-2008, 02:08 PM
Glad it worked out for you.