I have just subscribed it couple days ago. The pictures quality is same when the programming was on Directv. They now have added 2 temporary channels to rebroadcast the 2 prime time dramas.
I added the Jadeworld programming over Top 200 package, so only cost $29.99.
I just got mine installed. I think the picture quality is slightly worse. I can tell it's a bit more grainy at times. HD channels are not as sharp either. But channel surfing seems quicker than directv. You were right about those two "replay" channels. They replay dramas from a week before i think? Not sure if they will keep those temporary channels but it would be nice. I also had two dishes installed because of HD option. The installer took down the old dish but did not take off the mounts attached to the roof. He said he didn't have anything that can fill the mount holes so he didn't want to remove everything. I feel kind of strange that an installer does not have tool to seal the holes. But i understand that he wasn't obligated to take it down.