I have been thinking about an entirely different, and no doubt unusual, way to configure my house. Wondering if anyone else has done this? New construction or wiring upgrade is feasible Dish is wired to a central point All TV locations have HDMI port with one of the HDMI extension mechanisms (booster, cat5 converter, fiber converter, etc) and is wired back to central point HDMI at central point goes directly to D* or an HDMI matrix switch which is connected to D* Obviously this is more expensive - probably much more expensive - than traditional mechanisms. Although NONE of the D* service options (whole-house) would be needed. I've seen some high-end HDMI switches that have a tiny box at the TV that feeds IR back. The IR can then switch the HDMI source and pass through IR to the source device. This sounds like an awesome solution (except for cost ). Multiple TVs can watch/control the same program on-the-fly. Could even have a Blu-Ray changer or media server in the central location. Not quite enough features (keyboard/mouse???) to put a computer in central location. It would also put external storage in the central location eliminating the noise from the viewing areas. And allow better cooling. ... Comments?