I share the same problem. I have an X1 with both a DTC100 and a DTivo. I just got the whole thing set up. I was so exited about my projector and wanted to show it off to my friends by having people over for football this Sunday. The problem is that the standard definition signal is so bad that I really don't want people to see it on my projector. Any of the TVs I have look much better.
To me, the line with DirecTV is 32". Any TVs smaller than 32" look very good. Most channels look fantastic. Better than cable. My 32" in the living room looks very good most of the time. Football is generally not too good though. For TVs over 32", I can't recomend DirecTV. A friend of mine just got DirecTV. I went over to his house just before his installation appointment to help him figure out where he could put his dish. When I saw the analog cable picture quality on his 55" RPTV, I was surprised at how good it was. I also knew that the DirecTV picture quality wouldn't be as good.
Sure enough, after his installation, I called him to ask him how it went. He said it went well, and his smaller TVs look great, but the RPTV was "blurry". I used to be a big advocate of DirecTV, but now that many people have such large TVs, I can no longer recommend them.
We can only hope that the next spotbeam satellite that DirecTV launches next year allows them to lower the compression levels.
Hi Def looks great. I have not seen the Fox Enhanced Definition widescreen yet. I am hoping that it is a big improvement over the standard DirecTV signal. Can anyone comment on the picture quality of Fox Widescreen?