I can't comprehend owning an hd tv and having directv but not paying the $10 to have hd. That boggles my mind. To me its a waste of money to not have HD programming with an hdtv.
It depends on the type of programming you watch. I don't watch sports which is the big reason a lot of people bought an HDTV. I was perfectly happy with my 31" Magnavox but it was almost 20 years old and it gave up the ghost so I was STUCK buying a flat screen HDTV to replace it.
I watch a lot of "classic" TV which isn't in HD anyway. I also watch a lot of game shows which HD doesn't do a lot for-not to mention I watch GSN a lot which isn't in HD on DirecTV.
In addition, the TV that I watch the LEAST is the flat screen HD set in the living room. I mostly watch my 13" tube-type TV's in the kitchen and bedroom. Each has an R15 feeding it.
So why would I commit to 2 years with DirecTV to get ONE HDDVR and add $13 to my monthly cost? (HD + whole home which I don't use) If I really was mad about HDTV I'd switch providers (DISH Network) and get all NEW equipment and a NEW dish plus huge programming discounts for the first year and FREE HD FOR LIFE. So why don't I switch? I like having multiple DVR's which so far none of DirecTV's competitor's will supply for the same price. However, if DIrecTV decides to jack up the "additional TV" rate too much I'll be gone. Somehow, since it's the one thing they still have that's a real value I don't think they will.