Well, the cable guy came on time and every thing went smooth for a change. He brought out the Motorola 6200, as asked for, and got me setup in just a few minutes. It was his first HDTV install, so he was a little unsure of the settings for the cable box, but I helped fill him in on the details.
First Impressions (after a single night of watching):
iNHD 1 & 2 Looks amazing. This is what HD is supposed to look like.
HDNet and HDNetMovies also look great. The difference between film and HD video is apparent, which I guess just goes to show the level of quality these stations broadcast. Film converts retain the softer film look while HD video content has a sharper picture, and the detail is some what more apparent.
ESPN-HD - Wasn't broadcasting anything in HD last night and simply had the standard ESPN 4:3 stuff up-converted and pillar boxed. They are adding their own ESPN-HD graphics in the pillars, which I haven't decided if I like or not.
The broadcast networks look no different then what I get OTA, which is a good thing I guess. At least they are not further compressing the signals.
They have also turned on/are not blocking HBO-HD, Showtime-HD and Stars-HD. I'm sure that at some point I will loose these channels, as I don't subscribe to any of these packages. Each of these channels were showing movies originally done on film and they had an apparent softer look to them as well. More so then the film content on the iNHD or HDNet channels, but it may have simply been the particular transfers.
Next up is figuring out how to get the FIREWIRE working with my HTPC so I can record some of the content.
Over all I'm satisfied with the service. I was very seriously considering canceling my entire cable package, especially now that I can get DSL for internet access. However, given that I can't get SAT, the extra HD content is enough to keep me as a customer for the time being.