how come it looks like crap? I use to have none-HD Directv and it didn't look that bad to me.
To the question of HD box, did you ask them? My guess would be no HD activation without HD services.
Ok, i am having issues. I just bought a LCD tv and im trying to connect it to my Directv receiver. Problem is i have a standard receiver with no HD-type of connections. It only has composite, s-video, or RF connections. My picture looks like crap with composites connected, my question is; Is it possible to get an HD receiver without getting HD service so i can connect with HDMI cable? Also will this improve my picture even if I dont have the HD service? Or is there any way to improve my picture without signing up for 2 more years of service with Directv?