Yep Keenan, I saw that over there (yahoo). I'm not sure how we, as consumers of HDTV, have much of a chance getting the best possible pq, when managers get it wrong. e.g. "the encoder is set to X mbps, and you never need more than X, therefore it's good enough". I would hope that the engineering staff understands this stuff. My interactions with KGO's engineering staff seemed to indicate that they did and that they also seemed to care about pq (and audio quality).
Like I said, things used to be so much simpler ;-)