After 10 years of being a DirecTV subscriber I have completely converted to my local Cable supplier. My decision was based on Picture Quality, costs, and supplier attitude. I live in the Orlando FL area, and got my HD locals OTA except for CBS which gave me a waiver because of a multipath anomally. Mpeg4 was scheduled for the spring. My cable supplier has gone all digital, and the PQ is superior to that of D*. I did A:B comparisons for 30 days. I get virtually no pixelation nor rain fade. I will get "Pole fade" when a car hits a telco pole carrying the cable. All local HD's are there, plus all of the programming D* provides except NFL sunday (I am not a big NFL fan, for that matter I am into movies as opposed to sports). The DVR has pluses and minuses (SA8300HD). It's user interface is fine once I left TiVo mode mentally. In fact I like it better mainly because it is instantaneous, no "Please Wait (for 2 minutes or so). None of them (3) have rebooted whereas the HR10-250 did that periodically. Using a sophisticated remote (ipronto) I have a very enjoyable interface. I dropped DSL (Bell South partner with D*) and took the Roadrunner ISP on the cable (I have my own domain and use an email forwarder so my email address never changes. My BW is now a nominal 7 Mbps as opposed to 1 Mbps, the difference is startling. I have started on the path to VoIP using Vonage. All is installed I am just waiting for the number transfer to complete. Bottom line: For better video quality (my area), Higher IP bandwidth and equivalent phone service I will save about $60/month. I no longer get bounced all over the place on voice menus, nor do I get different stories from different CSR's. I did have a startup problem on one DVR, Tech arrived the next day and he was very very good. Isolated the problem to a bad cable (old crimp as opposed to compression connector) fixed the problem and no charge. He even brought a new DVR with him just in case. After about 2 weeks, I no longer miss the TiVo interface.