Well, as promised here's the update on my "conversion" to D* MPEG4 technology. The technician (from Charlotte, of course) arrived at my house at 11:00 a.m. Saturday morning to install the new dish and swap out 2 of my HD receivers. Everything went smoothly at first as he installed the dish and I disconnected my old receivers and even hooked up the new ones for him. He did not run any new coax, using what was already there. Then he came inside to call and activate the new receivers. He and I both had a terrible time even understanding the CSR he connected with! Things went downhill rapidly. First, she disconnected the wrong receivers, then she couldn't even get the Charlotte locals up (even in SD)! After a couple of hours, we got the Charlotte locals in SD, but NO HD! He got discouraged, called his supervisor, and left! He said someone would be back on MONDAY! Not being one to give up easily, I called D* and ask to speak with someone in advanced technical support. To make a long story short, after having to completely reset everything on the receivers, and going through a complete setup again, the Charlotte locals appeared in HD! Still, the tech lady (who was great!) said my signal strengths were slightly low and suggested that I let a technician (hopefully a different one) come out on Monday to check the dish alignment. As to the picture quality, my OTA picture is still slightly better on WSOC and WCNC. But--the FOX HD from D* is definitely better than the black screen I was getting OTA! Oh well, that's my story for now!