Yes, it is hard to believe. But true. I've talked to Dish about this as well. They told me that in most major cities, they get a direct digital feed from the local station. But the Dallas stations won't do it, and so Dish actually picks up the signals here over the air, then sends it on to Colorado to get uploaded to sat. The local stations confirmed that for me too. What goes out over the air here is exactly what we get back on the dish. My reasons previously for staying with dish, not switching: 1. Got my waiver on local CBS. Don't want to lose that. 2. Grandfathered on Superstation package. Don't want to lose that either. 3. Integrated dual-tuner DVR (721). Don't want to downgrade picture quality by going with D*'s Tivo-based solution. I guess at least two of those are now at risk of going away. Like someone else here just asked, will I have to start the waiver process all over if I switch to D*? I lucked out last time and found one reasonable person to grant it at the local CBS station. What are the odds that will happen again?