Originally Posted by topperdude
Would also like to confirm the reliability of local HD channels via Dish Network since I am considering going with their Hopper/Joey setup as well and because (atleast currently) its not possible to "diplex" OTA signal into the Hopper (as was possible with some of their previous DVRs).
After a few days and some rain, I haven't lost the signal yet. Some forum members stated their locals went out even when the sky just looked like it was thinking about rain. That has not been my experience, yet. I do expect heavy rain to knock it out.
As a video purist, the Dish HD is inferior to DirecTV's, but still well within the watchable range. SD quality is much better on Dish than DirecTV - nobody is going to confuse it for a DVD, but it is still quite watchable. DirecTV's SD was inferior to VHS. Dish has more channels I watch in HD, so while I lose the crispness of DirecTV's HD, I gain a lot of it back with programs that were awful and are now in almost-perfect HD.
Example: Planet Earth aired yesterday on BBC America. I would never have recorded it on DirecTV - I'd buy the Blu-Ray first. But the HD on BBCA on Dish is good enough that I don't need to go out and buy it.
FSN North and the locals are worse than the national channels on Dish. Still watchable, but not great. After watching NASCAR yesterday, I will be buying the OTA module as soon as it comes out. In the meantime, it's good enough I'm not tempted to pull my DTVPal out of storage - the DVR conveniences outweigh the slight loss in quality. But with an OTA module, I'll have both.
After living with a DirecTV DVR for the past two years, I can't believe how fast the Hopper is. It's almost too fast - skipping 30 seconds is nearly instant.