I do have one HDMI cable, but obviously, I am not using it correctly (hence my problem).
It is going from my TV to my satellite box.
I am assuming I need another one going from the TV to the DVD recorder? (Which logically would explain the poor recording quality.)
HDMI to the recorder will improve things, but even then you need to configure your recorder with the proper settings. If you set it to fit more on one disk, even if you use a $200 cable it will not make one bit of difference. How is the recorder connected now?