OK I got my Dish 500 installed last Saturday and so far I'm really digging it. I think the PQ is excellent, better than expected on some channels, worse on some others. My friends came over the other night to watch a movie. They used to have D* but cancelled it because he lost his job, money probs, etc. I asked them if the picture quality was as good as D* and they said no it wasn't. They noticed the compression artifacts that are obvious on some channels (HBO2 and HBOCMDY seems to be the worst offenders after locals) Everything I've read says that E* and D* are pretty identical except in HD where E* is far superior. The other thing I was thinking was that I have my receiver connected to a nice 27" with S-video, where they used to have their receiver connected to a smaller 19" w/ composite. I'm thinking that if they hooked D* up to their brand new 36" Toshiba then they are definitely going to see compression artifacts that they didn't see before. What do you guys think? Are there any sites online that compare screenshots of E* and D* so we can get a definitive idea about which has better picture quality?