This past Christmas, I was at my aunt & uncle's house for our usual family get-together. We wanted to play some Wii, so it was up to me to connect it to their Sharp LCD TV so we could laugh hysterically at family members playing Just Dance 2.
Poking around behind the TV, I noticed something strange... composite cables for audio/video.
I actually did a double-take because I knew they had a blu-ray player... They had taken advantage of a discount at work to get a good deal on the combo a year or two ago. Stunned, I checked again - yup, composite cables for audio and video, from the blu-ray player. WTF?
I asked about it and my uncle told me they had someone come to their house to install it. I have no clue who this person was or who he worked for (Sharp? Local company? Big box store?)... but he did apparently tell them that they were all set for HD. I tried to hold in my laughter. Problem was, I felt bad for them. I really did. They honestly don't know any different and thought they were watching something awesome for so long... Without me looking back there, they would have never known (and possibly not cared).
It then became my task to get them properly hooked up. To Monoprice I went... HDMI cables all around! They did also have a cable box from a local company - but sadly, they do not currently offer HD service. The box still had an HDMI port, so that's what it was getting (I ordered a set of component cables just to be safe).
$15 at Monoprice and a week later and I had 2 new HDMI cables and a component cable. Nearly 8 months after that (this past Sunday!) I was finally able to install them! Heh, I guess I just don't make it up to their house very often. I had some issues with the audio in the TV (they run the audio out from the TV via optical cable to a simple Bose 4.1 system) but it didn't really take that long to get it all working.
The picture was probably 1000x better... and now even their cable box is HD ready as soon as it is offered to them.
Why am I writing all of this? I find it absolutely ridiculous that someone would complete any sort of installation like this and NOT set it up properly. I really wish I knew who it was that did it so I could totally blast their incompetence... And I know it wasn't even a matter of money. My aunt and uncle probably would have even paid for overpriced cables and not really cared as long as it was done right.
Instead, some jackass came to hook up their fancy TV and blu-ray player and did it 100% wrong. And didn't care. What a douche.