IMHO Dish compresses their SD programming to such a great degree, that it looks like a jpeg image saved in the lowest quality mode possible... a degree of compression, which, if I were emailing a .jpg picture... I wouldn't email it to my worst enemy in that poor a quality!! The compression artifacts at the edges of all the internal content of the picture are washed out (smudgy looking) like a watercolor painting. I also think that since I originally got Dish HD a couple years ago, they've compressed the HD signals more, to such a degree, that my OTA SD signals in 4:3 look nearly as crisp as their HD ones (at least on the HD Mpeg4 signals)! Does Dish really think we are all that blind?!