the reasons you give for possibly switching back are all good ones because you think they are. But the HR44, though much faster in operation than anything else I've seen from D* is still not quite as fast as is the Hopper. Not night and day kind of difference, but the HR44 is a bit slower. Frankly that would not be a reason not to switch for me. What will most likely make me more resistive to switching back is the cost to do so. An HR44 and a Cxx wouldn't cut it at all for me, so it would have to be an HR44+HR24, which means $199 upfront in equipment cost which would negate most of the financial reason to switch. And though there are differences in the channels in HD between the two services and which channels they both offer, the ones that are different are mostly ones I don't care much about. PQ in HD is a wash for me as I cannot see enough difference between to two to have it be an issue on my 73" DLP. SD on Dish is so much better than D*'s that it is an issue though.