Speaking of 26-1, I thought I'd post an interesting thing I've noticed.
We have a lot of fans of the "King of Queens" sitcom in this house, so we watch that a lot on WCIU. For reasons having nothing to do with picture quality, we were, primarily, recording the reruns off of the D* SD feed of 26. However, we noticed something very strange: color shifting. Well, that's not the right term, but I don't know what would be.
Remember on old analog color TVs how some had a "color" adjustment dial? Dialing it up made the colors bright and intense (and, eventually, intolerable) whereas dialing it down muted the colors (and, eventually, eliminated them). Well...watching KoQ on the D* feed is like watching something while your little kid spins the dial up and down periodically. It's terribly distracting.
I started recording the OTA feed off 26.1, and not only is the picture far superior in general, but the colors are much brighter and crisper...and, of course, stable.
Just thought I'd mention it, as that color thing is something I had not seen before.