No, it's the same. Look up previous threads on the topic and you will see the same complaints. Also, here are links to the AVSForum (I think that's safe to post.) about the 2009 Australian and French Opens and at least one them contain comments from someone who worked on the technical end for Tennis Channel/ESPN and isn't hesitant about acknowledging a lot are SD 16x9 and that it isn't economically feasible to broadcast all feeds in HD. http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1109899 http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1251660 D* is broadcasting the feeds ESPN provide. You can criticize them for "hyping" them as HD, but they've been providing the same feeds with the same marketing for years, which is somewhat understandable since most American consumers just don't have a concept that 16x9 content has often been filmed in SD. If this is the first time you are noticing the issue, it's possible that with D* switching programing from D10 to D12, plus the addition of more HD, D* is compressing the channels more. (Sixto is usually up on these things.) On a side note, I've tended to prefer the 16x9 SD coverage compared with ESPN network coverage. The announcing is usually better and the screen isn't filled with graphics.