Just wanted to say hello to all you guys and gals! On July 18 I came over from DirecTV after being with them since 1997! It was a grueling decision, but now that I'm here I'm glad I did it. Pricing was just getting too high over there! Plus the summer special made it a pretty easy decision. At Direct I had 2 HD DVR. Both were pretty slow to respond to remote commands. One of them even required about 10 attempts if I ever wanted to pause a program! But I loved the picture quality at Direct. That's what made the decision such a hard one to make. But I was getting really tired of them NOT having BBC America in HD, DIY and The Cooking Channel in HD, NatGeo in HD, plus a few others. So after a few weeks of reading and posting here (and sending PM to Atari a few times!) I decided to take the plunge. (Also received some helpful info from Ray @ Dish. Thanks!) I now have a Hopper/3 Joey system. (Only 2 of us in our household. Didn't need more than one Hopper). After a short learning curve I am a huge fan of this system! And much to my surprise, I've found HD picture quality (I only watch HD) actually better than Direct! That was a very pleasant surprise!!!! So far, I've had no issues with the system (except one night last week I came in from work all set to watch the Olympics live on my local NBC station. Tuned to station and had NO signal. Immediately a slide popped up saying Dish was aware and it would return asap. Turns out I had NO local channels. That lasted about 30 minutes, but then they all came back. Don't know what the issue was). I haven't turned on PTAT yet, and haven't really decided if I will or not. If I do it will be just before the new TV season starts). In most ways I like the way the Hopper works better than my HR systems worked with Direct. I just feel it flows better. My wife LOVES the fact that the Joey in the bedroom makes NO noise at all. Our old HR was very noisy and VERY blue. Anyways thanks for all the advise you gave me during my research phase. Your help helped me make the move!