Two days ago I spoke with a rep from customer retention. As is typical for those reps, she was far more articulate and knowledgeable than the garden variety reps we all hate dealing with whenever we call 1-800-DIRECTV. She claimed that by the end of 2007, there would be 150 HD channels available through D*. I have no doubt whatsoever that this claim is false. I will absolutely eat my hat if it comes true. However, I was wondering what those in the know are realistically predicting for how the number of HD channels will change over the course of this year. Since I'm still using an HDTivo (MPEG2), how this plays out will strongly influence whether I make the (seeming) performance sacrifice to get the HR20.