Further observations...I will report back on my observations re: locals via Mpeg4 vs. local cable once there is a sports event on (baseball on Fox, SNF)....
however, I CAN tell you my local cable's MNF picture blew away HD-Lite on D*TV last night....sooooo, do we expect that when D*TV launches its new satellite capacity, they will "upgrade" their signals on all HD channels from downrezzed Mpeg2? We will see soon, right folks????
Again, I am VERY fortunate to have the ability to afford both cable and D*TV; therefore, when a show or game is on both services, I can switch to cable for a much better picture. In case you missed it, I took the plunge and recently got 2 HR-20's in anticipation of the new launch of channels with the HOPE (apparently somewhat futile) that D*TV would upgrade quality with their new capacity. If they do, GREAT for everyone; if not, I will continue to watch the better signal/picture on my local cable whenever I can and then see what Fios has to offer when they show up in my neighborhood!!
I am rooting for you D*TV to be different than the "usual" corporation and focus on quality vs. quantity...we'll know soon!!!