This was touched on in another thread, but I wanted to explore the issue a little more... For those who cannot put up an antenna or don't live in an area that is covered by over-the-air HD signals, when do you think signal providers (Cable & Sat) will switch fully to HD as their base service. There are many people who think that government mandates will force signal providers to convert to HD in the near future, but I have heard that the mandate now reads that no conversion will be force till 85% of the population has a digital TV. Clearly this could take a decade or more...and signal providers would continue to offer HD only as a premium ($) service for years to come. I have a number of friends who are clamoring for advice on HD sets, but have no clue where they will get an HD signal or what it will cost. When I ask them if they would be willing to pay a premium for HD signals, they usually balk (thinking that some free conversion is right around the corner). Personally, I don't see regular ($42 per month) Cable & Sat packages including HD for many years. I personally don't watch alot of TV at night (mostly DVD), so this isn't much an issue for me; if I bought an HD set, it would be for the benefit of a 16x9 screen with prog scan for movies. But since most people are budget-oriented TV watchers with fewer DVDs, I have a hard time telling them that an HD set is great investment at this time. How long will HD signals be considered a premium service?