I really haven't been too bothered by the dropouts but they SEEM to be getting worse, not better. I just finished watching the Chris Mathews Show on NBC New York. It's a half-hour show and is in standard def and had 13 dropouts in the 30 minutes. The next show (still in progress) is Meet the Press, same channel but this one is in HD. During the first 20 minutes of MTP there was ZERO dropouts.