Comcast gave me an HD DVR box without HDMI. Should I be worried?
When they installed our service on Saturday afternoon, they brought a Motorola box that lacked an HDMI output. It was via component cables only.
Is this sufficient for pushing 1080p content? Or are they ripping me off (they're charging me $8 / month to "rent" the box from them)?
As long as the box is rated for the desired HD output then the box will perform at that spec, regardless of HDMI or Component. There is very little difference between the two when put up in side by sides and the only time it becomes an issue is dependent on the equipment that are dealing with the signal. So for example if the content you were watching was sending audio in DTS-HD or DolbyTrueHD then yes you would want HDMI, but that doesn't happen with telecom providers.
Here is a link to Blue Jeans cable discussing the HDMI vs Component debate: www.bluejeanscable.com/articles/dvihdmicomponent.h...
Just be happy you have the Motorola boxes, I believe they at least have the updated guide GUI.
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Component has plenty of bandwidth to display 1080p, but most component devices do not support 1080p. It is unlikely that new devices will support 1080p over component due to Big Content's anathema to any format that doesn't have DRM baked in. If Comcast ever goes 1080p you will almost assuredly need an HDMI box to get 1080p.
My biggest concern in getting a non-HDMI device is the device's age. If a box doesn't have HDMI then it is probably 4+ years old. I guess it doesn't really matter as long as it works, but I'm guessing no one here wants an old box.
I'd go more in-depth here but I don't think it's really relevant and to be honest, I'm a bit rusty so I myself would have to do a bit more research, but to simply answer your question: no, you shouldn't be worried.
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