The OTA ones are FREE
Originally Posted by Montezuma58
I can't tell any difference between the directv and over the air feeds.
Let's see... $3/mo * 12 months/year = $36 savings per year and counting!
Moreover, when I record them on my HTPC I own (my copy of) them, they're in full resolution mpeg-2, I can move them to a different HDD/PC and still play them, edit them (not that I do any editing), shrink them to .264 and place them onto a thumb drive, iPod, or storage library... they're not copy-protected on the DirecTV DVR which has to have been sync'd up with the satellite before it will playback. ** Oh... you're talking about image quality
... Sorry, I don't have the local-HDs on satellite. **
Actually, there was
a window when they first rolled them out and they were viewable by "all" customers and I must agree, they seemed to have pretty decent image quality - but that can change whenever
DirecTV decides to squeeze them down, compress them more to cram more channels into the same bandwidth... remember how bad some of their high-movement sports channels were there for a while? All pixelated and generally not as sharp image quality.