You can get the Hulu basic package with limited commercials for 99 cents a month for 12 months. Ends tomorrow evening.
Philo has their 55 channel package on sale for $99.00 for 6 months. $16.50 per month instead of $20.00.
He is wrong on both. On question 1, you will be able to watch the HD channels, but they will not be in HD. On question 2, if I understand it right, you need to connect th the HD tv with either HDMI or component to get HD.