I'm not mad at Apple I just don't use any Apple devices. The only ones I know of in the entire family are two Ipods and they were won as prizes. If they were not won in drawings they would not have been bought. No Tablets either of any brand. That Apple is a control freak about their devices is a good reason not to buy along with the cost. When I had both services years ago and I wanted locals, back before they rolled them out everywhere. D* said sorry, E* gave me NYC and LA. That cost E* in the long run but they were more prone to push the limits. That isn't the fear at all. From My understanding of it. All content moved to the Dishnetwork external is encrypted. The drive as I understand it only works on DVRs that are on the same account using a Key tied to that specific account. DirecTV could do that to by locking the drive to only work on a specific account, Instead they tie it to the DVR so that when that DVR dies the contents are lost. I'm speculating now that it may be done that way since the external replaces the internal with DirecTV rather than working along with the internal like Dish does. My Cable company offers Ultimate 101meg for $100 a month. If I'm reading it right you are saying you lose 1/3 of the internet speed by being wireless? I only run wired on a Gigabit network at home. I'll go so far as to say that the first thing I did when I upgraded the router to one with Gigabit ports was go into the configuration and turn off the wireless. I had no problem getting wires to all three floors. Includes the basement wher ethe Modem, router and switch are. I may be lucky in that the old hot air ducts were left in the walls when the conversion to baseboard was done. They do make handy wire chases to go from the basement to every room.