"According to one source close to Echostar, some of the 301 and 501 recievers now have the ability to switch to a new technology and security card other than the reception and security system Echostar currently uses." "Those receivers can be used to process DTV signals." And this is why a merger is not neccesary for reducing double broadcasts. All they really need is control to tell them to "just do it". One standard box that will use one method of transmission and security and the "sale" goes to who is selling the service or network.