Originally Posted by mikelets456
Are the HD channels from D* all 4:3 stretched? A lot of true (filmed) HD content? Would it be worth canceling FIOS?
Not all stretch-o-vision. Of the new HD offerings, some do stretch (History, A&E, TBS), some zoom/crop/upconvert (the Discovery channels, NGC), some run 4:3/letterbox SD (Scifi, FX, USA, CNN, some RSNs), some are all true 16x9 HD all the time (Smithsonian, MGMHD, HDNet).
But all of them do run true HD content at least occasionally. Not an issue with D* - this is what each channel is offering to everyone.
Over time, all of the part-time HD channels will offer more HD more often.
As far as worth it, depends on whether FIOS gives you what you
want for HD. No FIOS in my area, but did dump Comcast for D* a few weeks ago. Pretty satisfied so far.