I've always been more knowledgeable about audio equipment than video equipment. Yesterday I purchased this TV: http://www.jvc.com/product.jsp?model...thId=78&page=2 Probably not the greatest equipment, but in comparing the picture to most other HDTV tube TV's at the mom and pop store I go to, I couldn't tell much difference between it and the Sony that was far more expensive. I'm sure the Sony is better, but this TV was mainly to satisfy me until I get a big enough basement that I can upgrade to a nice LCD projection, DLP, or whatever is hot at that moment. I've got an XBOX 360, as well as a 1.5 year old Sony 5-DVD changer with Progressive scan Auto, Progressive scan film, and progressive scan video. None of which means much to me, so I'm using the Progressive Scan Auto connected through the component video. I know it's doing something, because when I turn progressive scan on the DVD player, the picture goes fuzzy for a second, and then comes on looking very nice. The only thing I don't quite get, is that the TV says it does progressive scan, but I assume I still want to have the DVD player do the progressive scan, because that certainly seems to improve the picture on the TV when it's on, compared to when it's off. I also still don't quite get, why on widescreen movies, I still have narrow black lines across the tops and bottoms, and why i still have settings like "full, panorama, etc" when I thought a widescreen movie would simply fill up a 16:9 widescreen picture. My 360 is of course hooked up to it as well using the HDTV pack, and looks extraordinary compared to my 16 year old 27 inch trinitron I was using before. Wow... XBOX 360 in Hi-Def is awesome. Really no issues here. I've had DirecTV for 4 years, and inqired about a HD DVD from them. They wanted 300 bucks, to which I laughed hysterically. I called Comcast cable here locally, and they offered a very nice deal, including a $25/month discount for people leaving a dish to come to them. You simply pay $10 a month for the HDDVD box, and that includes the service. DirecTV wants to charge you for the box, and then charge you the $10/month for HD programming, and $5 for the DVR use per month. Ridiculous if you ask me. I called them to cancel, and they basically said they'd give me the HDDVD box for free ($19.95 shipping), and install the new dish and HDDVD box, and offer their programming for a pretty competitive price to Comcast, except that Comcast includes Encore/Starz in their basic package. Does anybody have any recommendations? I also don't understand the HD packages they offer. You pay for the HD service, but then do you have to pay more money to get HBO and Cinemax HD? Or do those come as part of the HD package? Thanks for any help.