All my stuff is built and purchased in the USA. Nothing is Japanese standard (I can't read Kanji to save my life, and whoah nelly I suck at speaking Japanese).
I'm not sure what the black and white issue is really. I do remember when I was messing with
tvtime or tvtune or something like that it was always black and white when running Cable TV through the PVR-150.
I'm thinking my 36" picture tube style TV just isn't up to the resolution needed to use it with a computer efficiently. I don't have any plans on getting a better TV until my 2 year old is old enough to know not to mangle the screen when Elmo is on (little red evil monster). I received some feedback in an Ubuntu forum a few months ago to mess with nvidia-settings, but that never did help the font clarity, it has always been next to impossible to read.
I'm still messing with it, but with out a remote I'm no better off than I was with plain Ubuntu and using Xine or Movie Player with my Keyboard and Mouse.
Thanks for the help and attention, I appreciate everyone's time,