1. You can only get your local HD channels (through OTA) if those channels are in fact broadcasting a HD signal on their digital channels.
2. Right now Dish is a head of DirecTV in HD with 5 channels (HBO, Showtime, 24 Hour PPV, Demo Channel, And CBS-HD Channels). DirecTV has a problem of not much transponder space to allow for much in HD. They have all but announced formally that they will add a HD sports channel from Mark Cuban but no time for start has ever been given.
3. If your HDTV has been calibrated with at least AVIA or VE DVD's and you don't watch 80% plus 4x3 material you will NOT have to worry about burn-in. Burn-in is mostly occurring because people have their contrast up way to high which is the leading cause of burn-in. If you haven't calibrated the HDTV at least turn the contrast down to around 40% to be safe.
4.Again if your contrast is at a correct level there are no worries!
5. If it looks good to you it should be fine as is. If it doesn't then at least a calibration with AVIA or VE DVD's or get a professional ISF calibrator to do a full calibration on the HDTV. Having said all this I would highly recommend you at least get the AVIA or VE DVD's and calibrate the HDTV as it does really make a big difference when done!
6. This is still a ways off! Not that the technology is not there (it is already here) but the stinkin' MPAA will in no way agree to these HD-DVD's until they are certain that copies can not be made!
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[This message has been edited by FrankS (edited 08-14-2001).]