I have been seriously consideing upgrading my current DTV service to get the new HD locals. This would entail getting the H20, and the AT9 dish and signing up for another two years. I read some posts that mentioned the poor quality of the HD channels but I always assumed it was their setup or just some other technical issue. So now that I am a forced to make a decision, I wanted to see for myself. So I went offer to a friend’s house who just had the new H20 and 5 LNB installed and I was really surprised. He is a football nut who used HDTV’s for the Sunday ticket games. He had the perfect setup for this kind of test. First he showed me the HD locals, Fox, ABC, NBC, and CBS (PBS is not currently available) thru the H20. I though wow, it looks pretty good, especially compared to the SD channels. This was during primetime so we were watching HD shows on every channel. Then he switched on his other HD set connected via an OTA and I couldn’t believe the difference. I knew beforehand that the OTA HD channels would look better but I had no idea they would be that much better. The OTA channels looked much richer in color and the picture was just more clear and crisper. The H20 HD locals looked almost drained of color and I can’t exactly put my finger on it but just didn’t look as good. I’ve read some posts from what I thought were purists or videophiles that OTA HD (if you can get it) is the way to go but I figured I would be satisfied with them thru the STB, but now I don’t think so. I just never wanted to deal with the hassle of putting up an antenna but now I think its so worth it. He also pointed out that he has almost twice the number of HD locals because he is picking up the local PBS stations (WETA, MPT) and even soe of the Baltimore networks. Just another side-note he showed me a few of the other HD channels including Discovery HD, ESPN HD, and HDNet. Discoery and ESPN looked pretty good but HDNet looked similar to the HD locals thru the H20. I also noticed the low quality of HDNet at an electronics store that had the channel on display. Why does HDNet look so bad. I have heard so many people talk about HD-Lite, but is that really true? I know that the sat companies have to compress and rebroadcast the signal but why is there so much loss of picture quality? Are they just overdoing it. The bottom line is that I thought HD would look so much better thru the H20. I have read of Dish custoers complaining of the same thing so it isn’t just a DTV thing. It seems as though if you can manage an OTA setup for HD locals, that s the way to go. I don’t know what can be done about the rest though, I guess we just have to get used to it.