Stockholder and regulatory approval still ahead of course, but interesting times ahead. If this merger goes well, the advantages are spectacular. With all the satellites coming under control of one company, the bandwidth will be drastically increased, which means the number of channels and picture quality would dramatically improve. We could possibly see HDTV locals being passed along. The new company will eventually have to replace all current receivers. Hopefully we'll see something like a SuperTivo at this point (2 yrs down the road?), and not an echostar PVR unit.