Xizer, I know all about cable, cable cards and media center. I choose not to run a complicated setup and have a computer on 24/7. If I was single and on my own you bet I would. However to keep things simple I just run with whatever box the provider offers. My desktop PC is pretty dated now and struggles to do some modern tasks (AMD 3700+ single core socket 939 CPU, 3GB DDR400 RAM). I choose not to upgrade it because I have a slick Sony Vaio laptop with SSD's core i7, etc... I just use the laptop more so I'm not tethered to my office. I only really use the office PC for bills because that's where my Quicken is installed. Anyway not to get too off topic there... I'm not interested in upgrading or building a complicated media center setup when I have a baby on the way and all my money is going towards bills, home improvements and family / baby related expenses. Just to keep it simple I stick with DirecTV because out of the box it has more features that mean something to me than my local cable provider. The other thing is I absolutely HATE how cable channel lineups are so disorganized. Why do they have to put HD channels on strange off numbers? I LOVE how on DirecTV if I want to see channel 10 in HD, we just type 10. How could it get any simpler than that. Sure some of those missing HD channels would be nice, but the ease of use factor means less headaches and I have to imagine that someday DirecTV will finally add some of the things were longing for. Face it, not one single provider is perfect. You just have to find one where you can balance the pros and cons for yourself and your family. Yes there are a lot of cons with DirecTV. But there's a lot of con's with cable as well. There are a lot of pro's with DirecTV and cable too. Just which ones are important to you? That's the provider you decide on.