LOL! You can always be depended on to do the parroting trick. And it is real cute when your feathers are fluffing around those pom-poms.
My HD PQ is as good to the eye as it was when I had Direct. I had a few days of my Hopper and HR24 connected to the same 73" DLP and sitting at the same roughly 10' away and couldn't tell enough difference to care.
And it isn't about 'fewer' or 'more' overall channels as I only watch a small subset of the Top 250, 3 Premiums and BB@Home that I subscribe to. Same group I watched on D*, but with the addition of Reelz in HD and Epix.
Clearly you should be a Dish customer! I'm in the same boat, but I am a Yankee fan, so I can't have Dish, gotta have the YES network!