I hopefully will be getting HD through Directv's customer retention program in the very near future (if wife is understanding and lets me, *crossing fingers*) but in the mean time I am experiencing a problem with my picture quality. It is sad, but I have to admit that now my local channels being received through cable, have a better quality than those from the satellite. I have noticed a difference for at least a few weeks now and was curious if any viewer who is better technically adept than myself had any suggestions. My RCA receiver is a couple of years old and is just your standard non-HD receiver. The picture quality has the appearance of looking grainy or what I call pixelated. Skin tones definately show this as well as pictures of the sky and water. Not all channels show this but a high majority do. Sometimes, the commercials look better in picture quality than the actual show. I have checked all my connections and they are tight and did not find any kinks or knicks in my cable line. I live in the midwest so snow, ice and rain are common in the winter so I wonder if the weather has "weathered" my dish causing the problem. If anyone has any thoughts on the possible problem let me know. Thanks in advance for your posts.