James, thank you. If anyone knows it would be you. I was actually hoping I was wrong, because that would mean I could start getting my locals in HD. Maybe some day.
I will say that this discussion brings up something else, namely the misinformation and impossible promises that are thrown out by some (hopefully very few) less-than-completely-honest installers, whether it be Dish, Direct or cable. These bad ones surely make it hard on the rest.
I am lucky that my Dish installer is someone with whom I work in my normal public safety related job, and I could trust I would get what I was told. If anything, my Dish service has exceeded my expectations (I know, not something you hear often).
In my area, I am "That Guy," the one people will call up at random with computer or electronics questions. I have seen some pretty unbelievable setups. Like the people who think that adding two speakers in the back of the room wired in to the same output channels as the front speakers gives them surround sound. Or the guy who thinks that he is watching HDTV with a DVD player plugged in via a composite input. Sometimes I almost hate to tell them what they really have, because they seem so happy just "knowing" that it is surround or HD.
More than once I have had to go in to someone's house, completely disconnect EVERYTHING and start wiring up the TV, Stereo and audio/video sources from scratch, sometimes changing things people have been using for a long time. Of course, when they see what their system can really look/sound like, it is a mix of "wow, I didn't know it could be that good" and "you mean I have been missing out on this all this time?"
The point is, there are many good people out there that are lied to and taken advantage of when it comes to home entertainment, and that is why when I see this kind of thing I try so hard to set the record straight. I hope nobody has been hurt or offended by anything I have said here.