to SteveT : If you decide to go with D*, get the HMC34 as your main box. If you think of it as a Hopper without PTAT and slower, it is a viable solution. Then get whatever else you need to match up. 5 tuners and a big HD make for a very good unit. But keep in mind that if you switch you lose the ability to archive to EHD with D*, and that anything recorded is lost if you lose the DVR as each HD, regardless of internal or external, is keyed to the DVR and not per account as it is with Dish. You might also keep in mind that getting AMC dramas is not all that difficult, even if more expensive than having it as part of the subscription. And my experience says that the SD versions from Amazon and iTunes are as good as the HD AMC provides.