This last Charile Chat was the final nail in the coffin for any hope to ever improve the picture quality on standard def Dish network channels. If you watched the last chat, it became very clear that the extra bandwidth from the merger would be used to get local channels for 100+ markets in the USA. Let's say that after must carry the average city has 10 local channels on Dish. That would mean that after the merger there might be 1000 or more local channels taking up bandwidth and reducing picture quality for all standard def channels on Dish Network. It doesn't matter how much bandwidth "The New Echostar" has, they'll probably just use that bandwidth to add more markets with local channels and and more shopping channels. If you're the kind of person that really thinks that Echostar will ever improve the picture quality on standard def channels back to a reasonable level, then I'm sure there are plenty of people out there who'd like to sell you a certain bridge. Here are 2 screencaps, and each of these pictures is worth a thousand words. Notice all the new markets Charlie wants to add local channels to. Keep in mind that must carry will also effect these new markets as well. We're talking possibly about 1000 or more bandwidth consuming local channels on "The New Echostar" ealbum.geofoto.com/storag...re_20.jpeg Here's a screencap that shows you what advantages extra bandwidth from the merger could have. ealbum.geofoto.com/storag...re_21.jpeg Have you noticed that it doesn't mention improving picture and sound quality anywhere?