My receiver often does. It is "off" until I first turn it on for the day ... then I pick a channel and watch it or previously recorded content. When done the TV gets turned off but the receiver stays tuned to the last channel I was watching for hours that no one is viewing. I wonder how many receivers are "off" all day? People who don't turn on their TV and receivers for morning TV before leaving for work. I wonder how much people who tune to a channel then turn of the TV affects the "hot" application? They would need people meters to make sure someone was actually watching. How often does the ratings staff check with that camera mounted in the front of the receiver to see if someone is in the room? Or are they still watching the feed from the receiver of the cute girl that likes to watch TV naked while exercising? DirecTV doesn't know if your TV is on or off. They have a better clue that you're watching if you are using the remote occasionally but they don't know who is watching so demographics are out the window. If I were to use receiver stats for anything it would be for what gets recorded and viewed. To get a picture of their audience any better than that would require a real survey.