After my parents visited our house a few times and witnessed how good D* HD looks, they decided to take the plunge. My Dad bought two HDTV's. Unfortunately, he decided to use Charter bundle package (phone/internet/TV). Thing is, he was already a DirecTV sub, but didn't have HD. I tried to talk him into keeping D* and upgrading to HD, but he wanted to save a $$ by getting the Charter bundle and no up front costs. They get it installed, and my Mom calls complaining about the picture not filling the screen. I go by yesterday to check it out..... After playing around with it for about an hour, I now have a new appreciation for D*! I hate the HD DVR they have. It is a Scientific Atlantic 8000. The remote is very complicated, and not intuitive at all. I read the STB manual, but could not find a menu setting to automatically "stretch" SD content. I show them the Aspect button on the remote, this is annoying and confusing to them. I explain D* can automatically do this. The guide is very confusing. I could not find a way to remove duplicate SD channels from the guide. Again, this confuses my parents. My parents weren't even watching the locals in HD, because they have them listed for SD and HD (far apart in the guide). I explain D* can automatically remove duplicated SD channels in the guide. HD looks "pretty good", but not as good as D*, in my opinion. It gets pixelated during high speed movment on both their TV's. So, I believe it's the cable compression and not the TV. SD looks terrible, much worse than D*. If you guys think the brrrrip problem is bad with the D* recievers, you should have seen what was going on while watching Discovery HD with their Charter cable. About every minute, it would lock for about a second and lose audio. :nono2: Not even close to as many HD channels as D*. I could go on, but what's the point.... Luckily, I talked them into just suspending their D* account. So, maybe there is hope I can sway them to swap to D* HD. Long story short, I'm further convinced that I'm a happy D* customer.