And they probably will. One problem still is the price of an HD box vs a SD box. Even though everything is mass-produced in China, HD boxes are still more expensive. I got the Free HD-DVR deal, free 2nd HD receiver, and then I could pick another SD receiver. And since I had a third, old TV..... why the hell not, it was free and an HD receiver would have cost me another $99. It would be more costly to DirecTV to phase out SD equipment. That said, they probably will within the next 2 to 3 years. The bigger question is.... is it *really* needed? From what I know, I think you can place 6 to 8 SD stations in the same bandwidth it takes for 1 HD station. Do we really need to throw out 20-ish SD stations so we can squeeze in another 3 HD? With the 2013 satellite launch, if successful of course, there is plenty additional bandwidth to grow, and there is simply no NEED to stop doing SD. It is a "perfect world" scenario. Yes, in a perfect world everyone in the United States will have no more SD televisions by 2015, so you can start taking down SD-duplicates of channels.... but this isn't a perfect world, and it won't be for quite while. I was in a great dive bar in Chicago a few weeks ago. They have two televisions (they are not a sports bar) and have DirecTV. All big SD tubes, and the SD tubes were maybe 5 years old. I talked to the owner (as I know the guy) and he said just that: We are not a sports bar, we are a local bar that also has a few TV's. I see no need to invest in HD, as these run just fine, and as a neighborhood bar, I won't attract new clientele with HD screens, they will still go to the sports bar with 25 big screens all around you, and that is not what this bar is about. And I know it will be that way for quite a while. A family member I know doesn't watch much TV.... she has 2 TV's, an old tube in the basement that she converted into her bedroom, and a 24" 720p HDTV in her livingroom both with a SD tuner connected to it. She had DirecTV for many many years and she still does now. And quite frankly, because the 24" HD screen is relatively small, and her setup with 2 la-z-boys and a couch is just far enough.... SD looks pretty much perfect on that screen. She has no need to upgrade her SD tuners until DirecTV would force her. We might be HD-addicts, and want everything HD.... but the reality is, that the world around us.... is not. Many people have SD tuners, many people are content with them, and I see no need to "educate" these people and forcing them to buy HD tuners when the SD ones work just fine.