I will get one of those converter boxes in the meantime. I suppose none of them will still act as a pass-through device even if the box is off (my svhs deck does this, lets the cable signal go through despite the vcr not being turned on)?
I assume on of the newer tivo type devices can accept the newer signals. I use a panny deck (w/Hard drive) to record some shows during the day to watch at home later (nothing I keep). Would need something that can do a variety of channels. I need this unless those digital 2 analog converters do allow pass through while still converting the signal.