I currently have a Sony 53XBR300 that is 1080i capable but requires some sort of processor or something to connect to the DTV outputs on the back. Sony is selling ExpressVu dishes so the $799 model would work with the XBR. Unfortunately, there is limited HDTV programming (no MNF!!!). I have no experience with digital cable, but it is certainly cheaper than going with the dish, both monthly and installation. With the new digital channels, it seems like a good time to consider making the switch from basic cable. Movies, sports, news and weekly dramas would be the main time of viewing. NHL Centre Ice sounds sweet... Any thoughts on which way to go would be greatly appreciated.