I know ill get flamed for this, but my guests reaction to the same game was total opposite. Everyone thought it looked great.
If one has guests over and they say this D* HD telecast looks great, then if one fully agrees, one has to feel pretty satisfied. If that's the case, I'd ignore the visual exhibits earlier in this thread, let the true HD fanatics wallow in our rantings, and I'd enjoy a lot of HD sports on D* looming ahead, not ever looking back!
But I have to ask -- remaining civil and not flaming anyone -- it looks great compared to what? Compared to D*'s telecast of the same game on non-HD Channel 206? If that's the case, then I totally agree.
I just know that D*'s HD telecasts picked up in my house aren't nearly as good PQ-wise as for example TW Cable in the Albany, NY system or Comcast in the Staunton, Virginia system. And it's not my equipment because fairly often in the past and very very very infrequently today I'll get OTA HD reception verging on having the WOW factor.
Also, when an NFL HD game is on my DNS Channel 80 or 88 and I can also pick up the same game OTA even on a multicasting station, the latter is always superior in PQ.
Are there any other options in your area? Or is cable just as bad?
Yes, Comcast Cable is available and the aforementioned HD PQ is really good -- at least in Staunton 10 miles away. My hesitancy is it used to be -- as once again I shake uncontrollably in typing this -- it used to be up until a few months ago, gasp, Adelphia. In addition, I'm out in the country and I don't know about these 15 year old underground cable trunk lines.
Lastly, I'm an NFL nut and between OTA and D* DNS -- not even ever having ST -- I can often see upwards of 6 games a Sunday total in HD and often 8 or 9 overall. So I'm waiting for MPEG-4 and if D* HD PQ doesn't substantially improve, I'm tempted to zap D* and return to cable. No sense in ranting about HD Lite for the rest of my life in order to have access to a mere 3 or 4 more football games each Sunday in the fall.