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H20 Local

02-18-2006, 11:15 PM
After a year with cable i am going to switch DTV, DTV is giving me H20 receiver and one SD receiver. No upfront cost and 34.99 for first three month with three premium channel. I will get the local HD with it.
I think H20 uses mpeg4, I will get HD DVR later after the bugs are worked out.
DTV will bring my bill down a bit plus NFL sunday ticket. Are people happy with new HD service with DTV?

02-19-2006, 01:49 AM
I wasn't overly impressed with the HD locals D* offered in the Detroit area, but the HD package is getting better with the addition of TNTHD. If you can't get your locals in HD via OTA, then the 5LNB isn't terrible. Personally I'd take D* over cable anyday.

I think you upgraded.

02-19-2006, 02:20 AM
I am in detroit metro area too, what is wrong with HD locals?

02-19-2006, 10:15 AM
I live in Metro-Detroit and the local HD are what I what I would call "so-so." They have been fairly decent, although I was very disappointed with the Superbowl broadcast. A friend of mine has Comcast and the SB reception was flakey, too - so I am not sure if this was a Dtv problem. I am really on the fence regarding the local HD channels and Dtv, as a whole. I have watched some of the Winter Olympics on NBC and it has looked very good, so perhaps there is hope...

02-19-2006, 10:49 AM
I am in detroit metro area too, what is wrong with HD locals?

I wouldn't say anything is "wrong" with them, but the quality wasn't as good as I thought it would be. I currently live in Maryland, but my parents live in Ann Arbor and when I went to visit them last month I wasn't very impressed. They still had their OTA hooked up and when I compared the two, the OTA was much better. With the new tuner in the H20, the OTA signals were pretty good. They were usually in the 60 to 70 range with their old receiver but now were in the high 80s and 90s with the h20.

I still think D* is much better than cable and if you're able to pick up your local channels with the H20 via OTA I'd do that rather than pay D* for the locals. If you have trouble picking up your stations OTA then the locals from D* aren't a terrible alternative.

02-19-2006, 10:59 AM
I live in Atlanta area and switched from Charter cable HD service to D* just before Christmas. I think the cable HD locals came in better than the MPEG4 locals. I experience the picture freezing, picture degenerating and lip sync issues too often. Never had lip sync issues with cable but did have picture problems. Reading through other posts D* seems to be working on the problems with MPEG4 so hopefully it will be resolved soon. The SD channels however are much better on D* than cable. Plus service is a few bucks cheaper.