I'm aware the OT was broadcasted, in Italy as like in all other countries, but it was before DVB... so, if we are lucky, the best we could find out is S-VHS copies, and I think they will surely not be better than GOUT; but you are right, I titled the thread "SDTV & HDTV..." maybe I must change it to "Digital SDTV & HDTV..."!
By the way... benvenuto! (^^,)
I know I've mentioned this here before somewhere but there is a user over at AVSFourms who claims to have recorded the Trilogy using his DVHS system. He responded to me only once and I believe he misunderstood me when I was asking if he'd make me copies. Apparently there were HBO and Cinemax broadcasts.