Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Gladstone/Milwaukie, Oregon
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We have the Dish 6000, w/8VSB card. We live in Milwaukie, OR. We get excellent reception of all local OTA D and HDTV channels, most in the 90% plus range. We use the Dish 6000 stretch mode for D broadcast in 4:3 aspect, as our Mits 46809 does not do stretch expand on the HDTV 1080i component input. Also, the 6000 stretch is far better than that on the Mits, I'm not sure how they do their stretch, but I see very little distortion, no people with extra fat asses (like mine in real life), even at the outside of screen. We basically watch everything via 6000 HD mode via component connection, PQ for Satellite SD and OTA Network D channels is good to very good, Satellite HD (HBO-E, Showtime-E, don't subscribe to Discovery HD) and OTA Network HD, are outstanding. If we change to Dish 6000 SD mode, via s-vid, for whatever reason, the Satellite and OTA NTSC PQ is OK to good.
We are desperately waiting for the release of the Dish 921 HD/PVR (expecting it in June or July), we will be standing in line the minute it's available. We are totally hooked on D and HD, now add HDPVR, a dream machine as far as I'm concerned.
I basically know nothing about HTPC's, and really don't care to, I spend enough time in front of this thing all day, don't care to incorporate it into my television viewing.