Originally Posted by Digital Fanatic
Not all STB's are HD, so you need a box to decode the HD stream first, but yes a non HD tv can view a HD channel (in SD)
Digital set top boxes given out by NTL,Telewest and Cable and Wireless between 1999 and 2008/9 usually made by Scientific Atlanta(Cisco),Pace and Samsung are not HD.
Now they give out Virgin HD boxes as Standard boxes, there is no recording facilities with these boxes.
Same with Sky Standard boxes given out between 1998 and 2009, they also have no recording facility.