(Just so you guys know - you are not alone in dealing with things). I have been a happy Dish Network subscriber for years. My wife really loves the Olympics. Two weeks before the Olympics, my local cable compay, Adelphia, started to offer a HDTV Personal Video Recorder. A eariler conversation about HDTV with my wife: "We could get a HD TV to watch the Olympics!" I suggest. "Does it have a PVR so we can pause and skip commercials?" My wife counters. "No." I admit. "Then, why bother?" I do some fast talking with the wife/Circuit City/Adelphia/the wife/the wife/... Three days before the Olympics, the cable company hooks up our new PVR to my new Samsung HDTV. It was fantastic! The Olympics were great, even with just 8 hours of disk space to record. On network programming, I could see the reflection of the studio lights in the eyes of the actors - outstanding detail! All this was running me about $48/month for cable, in addition to my $70/month for dish. (skip forward 3 months)... I got a notice from the cable company. My "introductory offer" was about to expire and my cable bill was going to jump to $98 / month. I sat down and listed all the things I was watching in HDTV: CSI on Thursday ER on Thursday Desperate Housewives on Sunday (ummmmm Teri Hatcher in High Def ) This was too little use for nearly $100/month. I returned the box and stopped the service. (time passes) My birthday came around again and .. I was having trouble coming up with ideas for a gift. My wife asked if Dish Network now offered a High Def PVR. (love that woman). But.... Dish does have a HD PVR, but their service only offeres 1 network channel in high def: CBS. I live in a hilly area with almost no chance of getting OTA signals. The price of the receiver would be $700, and my bill would go up about $35/month. I just could not see spending that much money for so little. For grins, I called the cable company. They tried to sell me a "digital" package with the local channels/HBO/High Def PVR for $48/month. Then it would jump to $75/month after the 'introductory offer' period. Since I am still spending about $70/month for Dish - it was too much. I was about to hang up from the cable company, but something about the rapid-fire packages/options caught my attention: "You could get basic cable for $28.". "Wait." I said. "Could I get basic cable with the HD-PVR?" "Sure." was the answer. "How much extra for the box?" "Well, the service is $21/month and the box rental is $6.95/month". "But this includes the HDTV locals?" "Yes." "And this would run $28/month?" "Yes." "What happens after the 'introductory period'?" (Ha - fool me once...) "There is no introductory offer, it's just our basic cable service fee." Doing the math: HDTV with 4 networks and Fox a HDTV PVR Nothing to buy, no 1 year commitment. $28/month So I signed up. I have had glorious HDTV with a PVR for a few weeks now and I love it. Moral of the story: Call your cable company. Dig into their different packages. You may discover a hidden gem for a low price. (Equipment issue) Just tonight (friday), my daughter calls up and complains that the dish PVR is acting 'funny'. I do a power off/on/reset and I get: So I call technical support and after talking for a few minutes, we realize the Dish PVR is toast. I can get a replacement for about $40. "Can I up-grade to a HD PVR?" I ask. "no. You have to buy the HD PVR from a local store." "Can I upgrade to the next-generation box?" "Yes, but there will be an install fee." "What will happen to my monthly fee?" I ask. The numbers spill out but since I am removing 1 receiver, adding a dual tuner box/commit/plug into a phone line, returning the troubled reciever/..... the net difference is: $5.00/month "Let's do it" I say. So..my modest system is getting a face-lift.