From Multichannel News: http://www.multichannel.com/article/465319-DirecTV_Renews_NDS_Contract_For_Set_Top_DVR_Software.php Looks like DirecTV signed a 5 year contract extention with NDS Group for software through January 2016. I thought some people on this forum stated that DirecTV used NDS for it's set top software in the past, however they moved that in house. This article sounds like this contract is separate from the one that runs through June 2013 on conditional-access technology. Could this mean the next generation HD interface on DirecTV could mimic some of the examples over at nds's website? http://www.nds.com/solutions/epgs.php Sure DirecTV will likely 'skin' or customize the look and feel of the platform, however it seems that there is some NDS technology used behind the scenes. NDS isn't a bad thing, some of their reference designs look good see: http://www.nds.com/pdfs/EPG.pdf (pdf) Then I saw a commercial on CNN HD yesterday on DirecTV guide features like using the mini guide and also how to set favorites and recordings. The examples they showed made the UI look a little darker, but it was extremely sharp with rich fonts. Screen elements seemed animated and it really had quite a lot of refined polish to it. Most likely it's doctored up for marketing, but if were headed in that direction, I welcome it. What do you all think?