Welcome to the Direct family. W5 does show more mosquito noise than Direct but I think thats because Direct pre softens before encoding and HITS just sends it as is from the master. Watch for little things as far as artifacts on SD & HD with Direct you will see that even their HD cannot touch a C band true master.
Not to go off subject but does anyone know what the bitrate is for SD and HD with Direct? I'm very curious.
Enjoy the entertainment with Direct. Once the initial new kid on the block wears off you will settle into the rut of what should I watch today from the channels we seldom see on C band anymore. It's been and interesting ride here so far since June. My next happy day will be the day the contract expires.
I happen to notice that EVERY post of yours mentioned C-Band and how much better it is than anything else ....
This may be true, I was a C-Band guy many years ago till they started losing too many channels.
Anyways, not EVERYONE can have or afford or want C-Band.
Yes, I would like to still have it, but have moved since then and didn't bring it with me.
I enjoyed watching the Wild feeds of the games and seeing network shows before the actual shown date, but can't do that anymore.
You have D* for a reason, enjoy it ...........