I have a Samsung LNT-4061F hdtv and a Sony RDR GX330 DVR. Comcast provided a Motorola DCH 3200 box to get the hd signal.
Maybe I need to upgrade the DVR, but I can't get a signal to the TV going through the DVR. It only works when it goes directly from the hd cable box to the TV. This means that to record a DVD, we have to connect the cable directly to the DVR bypassing the cable box, and we can't watch another channel on TV while recording.
Is this because the DVR is not appropriate for HD?
Also, I a an S-video cord that I'm not using, also HDMI that I'm not using because it doesn't seem to work. I'm using the RGB cords to connect the cable box directly to the TV bypassing the DVR. This works fine for watching TV but obviously not for recording.
When I hooked up my HD cable box using an HDMI cable, I had to go into the cable screen menus and select HDMI output. You may have to do something similar when using an S-video cable. Your DVD recorder doesn't seem to have an HDMI input, so you'll have to use the S-video or (worst case) composite video (red, white, yellow cords). Your cable box may also be scrambling the signal so that you can't record. That may be why you can record by bypassing the cable box.
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You will not be able to get closed captioning by pressing the cc button on your television remote control. You must turn off the motorola cable box. Yes I did say turn off the motorola cable box. You should be standing in front of the cable box when you turn it off because as soon as it is turned off you must press the menu button on the cable box (not on the remote but on the cable box) right away. If you press menu soon enough after turning it off you will get a hidden menu. You will be able to scroll down to Closed Captioning and choose enable with the left or right arrow. Then just turn the cable box back on and you should have captions.
If you can first connect the Fios box via component and that will rectify the issue and still allow HD. HDMI is funny, if there is anykind of communication issues between the TV or the Fios box you see what happens. You might also call Samsung to see if there is ANY firmware/software updated for your TV specifically to fix such an issue with the Fios/Mortorola connection. If there isn't then the issue is the cable box since the TV works ok on HDMI with other devices.
I also have a Brand new Sony Bravia 52" LCD with Comcast Cable (motorola box).When switching between HD Channels sometimes the left side of the screen shows a smushed version of the new channel, and the right side is a frozen picture of the previous channel. I correct this by switching to a non HD channel and back. Cable or TV problem I wonder?
If you want CC all of the time, this works well. But since you must power-off the cable box to change the setting, switching CC on and off is a real pain.
Your set-up is similar to mine (Sharp Aquos 46" and Comcast DVR). I have the composite output from the cable box going to a DVD-recorder and on to the TV. Whenever I need CC (usually to catch some mumbled dialog), I just rewind the DVR, and switch the TV input to the composite input. Then I switch back to HDMI to continue watching in HD.
With an HDMI cable connected, the cable box determines the picture size. The settings on the cable box must be changed in order for you to get the correct picture size. I have some experience with Motorola cable boxes; usually to access the settings you turn the box OFF and then press the menu or settings button on the box to bring up the display menu. Hope this helps!
From what I heard, comcast is sending is compressed video signal. I also witnessed this on a xbr5 at someones home. Its not your tv from what I've heard its your provider trying to keep up with demand. I hope that helped.