2. PQ should be comparable. But they don't have enough Guide Data memory (RAM) to handle all of DirecTV channels anymore, so some channels are not shown on these old Receivers.
3. No, you would still pay the monthly fee. With owned equipment it's called a "mirroring fee" instead of lease fee, but it's the same amount of money.
Which channels wouldnt show up? If its PPV and specialty sports channels it wouldnt be a problem as I only watch my center ice stuff in the living room in HD.
And whats the thing behind the mirroring fee? Is that just some bogus un-fee to make sure I'm still paying as much as I would with leased recievers?
So with all that anyway I suppose my best options are to either see if I can get $5 for em on ebay or keep them around if I ever want SD in another room?
Also I was looking at getting a decent SWM later this year, not the directv ones, but the commercial ones that have legacy ports and allow OTA diplexing, I assume the legacy ports on that switch would allow these to work? But would I need legacy ports for the D12's, or are they SWM compatible?