I just got two HD TV's. I am never going to get the HD service as long as these fees are tacked on. It just smacks of greed to me. I'm not that spoiled that I have to have HD or that perfect picture all the time. I'll just live without it. I have lived without for nearly 50 years. So I guess I can live without for another 30 or 40 years. If DTV can promise me they will waive the fee for me forever I will get it. But until then they can keep it along with their greed ridden fees.
You are indeed missing out!
I understand your frustration with the fees, but it's a bit pertinacious to acquire two new HDTVs in the year 2012 and then refuse to connect them to the optimal type of signal they're designed for, especially when you already subscribe to pay television service. I hope you're at least giving them some OTA locals to see HD some of the time.
When I got my first HD set a few years ago, it took about two days to determine that my old SD TiVo Series 2 wasn't going to cut it any longer.