Carl Vogel testified today at Kerry's hearing and states that Dish will match Directv's offer, if Dish is given a pro rata ownership in the MLB Channel. I assume Directv is getting ownership as well. Pro rata must mean based on the number of MLB EI subs. Vogel says that MLB told Dish that MLB cannot do that without getting Directv to agree to it. An equity stake in the MLB channel seems to be the stumbling block. http://commerce.senate.gov/public/i...ngs.Testimony&Hearing_ID=1838&Witness_ID=6561 Vogel said that Dish is willing to launch the MLB channel to over 10 million of its subs. Vogel also said that Dish has over 55,000 MLB EI subs. This is good news for Dish subs who are baseball fans. I am very impressed. Dish seems to be serious about keeping MLB EI. MLB EI is a better move for Dish than Voom was. Dish invested a lot more money in Voom and the $20 HD fee is a result of the Voom investment. The $20 HD fee has made Dish the most expensive HD provider in my area, central New Jersey. With Verizon in NJ, subs now have a choice of four HD providers. The 622 is a very good product, but my guess is like the president of Tivo recently said about the new $799 Tivo, Dish is not participating in the recent HD boom among middle America because of the $20 fee. Not revealing HD subs with the 2006 results is a tell tale sign. I have been a Dish HD sub for about three years. But I kept digital cable because it provided me YES HD, SNY HD, INHD, PBS HD, and NY local HD channels. Dish gives me Phila local HD channels. Then last week, I had Verizon installed, which gave me all Phila and NY HD locals, 14 HD local channels plus Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia HD and YES HD. SNY HD is rumored to be on the way. Verizon does not have a $20 HD fee. You get all HD and SD channels for $43 a month. Total of 32 HD channels. So I immediately canceled digital cable. Have not given digital cable a second thought. I was going to cancel Dish as well, but I have a commitment to August and it would cost me $240 to cancel. So Dish is now my secondary system. I downgraded to 100 plus HD from AEP plus HD. I have two 622s on two TVs. I have Verizon on six TVs. Point I am trying to make is would I keep Dish as a secondary system just for Voom? Answer No. However, I have friends that have Directv as a secondary system for NFL Sunday Ticket and they also have MLB EI and HD. The reason Directv has 270,000 MLB EI subs and Dish has only 55,000 is a spillover from NFL Sunday Ticket. If Dish does retain MLB EI, I will continue with Dish. Also, I think HD RSNs are coming in 2007. With HD RSNs, Dish can move ahead of Directv, because Directv is only going to provide 10 HD MLB EI games a week in 2007. Dish will be able to provide more. MLB EI, HD RSNs and Voom will keep me with Dish. However, this still does not solve Dish's problem that HD at $20 is overpriced for middle america.