OK, so, as promised (to many), here is my overall review of my experience converting from E* to D*. What I had: (2) 501 PVRs, (1) 4900, (2) 20” Dish 500s, SW64, Everything Pak, NY Locals, Superstations, 2 West Coast Networks (NBC, ABC) What I have: (2) HDVR2 Series II DirecTivos, (1) DRD430RGA, (1) 18” Dish, TC Plus and NY Locals, HBO and Skin-emax Purchase experience: After having done quite a bit of homework, I found my best deal at BestBuy. Got all the equipment for $840 before rebates of $200. That included a 20” dish, a 2 room package (2 receivers, 18” dish), 2 HDVR2s, a 2X4 switch (recommended by the BestBuy rep.), free installation. Did my homework and found I didn’t need the 20” dish (no HDTV – not staying in this house forever) and didn’t need the 2X4, so got $200 more back – stay with me, out of pocket $440 now (once I get the rebates). Went on to eBay and ordered a 2X6 switch for $50 shipped. Back up to $490. Finally got a call 3 days later and was referred to the wrong installer (too far away, didn’t accept the install). Two more days later, finally got another call and had a date ready that was my choice – 2/1. The guys came and got the job done in an hour and a half. Laughed at the 2X6 and gave me a 2X8 for free (tipped them well). The 2X6 is on eBay now….. Sent out my rebates the day of installation, UPC copies and all. All in all, good purchase and install experience. E* cancellation: Some delays in being bounced around to the “Cancellation department” but finally cancelled. Amazingly, we all prepay our E* bills and they WON’T prorate the rest of your month and credit you if you cancel before the end of the cycle. Totally unscrupulous. This is the first time I have really been angry at E* customer service. Make sure to cancel near the END of your billing cycle so you don’t lose out on cash. BIG thumbs down to the E* cancellation process (but it’s to be expected, just not from a financial standpoint). The experience with the cancellation would keep me from ever returning or recommending E*. First impressions: Right away, I noticed better PQ on D*. E* has really slipped and you don’t notice it until to do a quick side-by-side. Maybe it was only the channels I tuned to, but these are the channels I watch most….locals, kids channels and HBOs. PVR vs. Tivo: They each have their strengths. The HDVR2 guide is SLOW! Downloads are over the phone lines and there’s no power button on the remote! Amazing….they just want you to keep in on all the time….there are also grumblings about privacy issues now. See http://www.ecommercetimes.com/perl/story/8482.html There is no 30 second skip on the Tivo by default and in the new versions of the software, they got rid of the Easter Egg for it. No choice on this one. Also, the Tivo doesn’t have the nifty “Manage” function from what I can see for multiple deletes/protects, etc. Also, no Caller ID popup…that was nice on the PVR. Score the Guide speed, 30 second skip, Caller ID and Manage function for the PVR. btw - anyone who knows of Tivo workarounds to get these features, PLEASE let me know. Now, for the Tivo strengths. The Season Pass function is GREAT! It’s also smart enough not to record the same show twice if you just ask for “First Run & Repeat”. The Tivo also has a much nicer graphic layout and the guide has blurbs of what you are looking at. Much more customizable for look and feel. The Tivo status bar is also nice so you can see where you are in the program at first glance. Searching is much easier (by show name, time/date) and the recording options (manual/show name) are nicer. You can also see what upcoming timeslots are going to air for your Season Pass shows…VERY nice feature. Score Guide blurb, status bar, graphics, recording options for the Tivos. They just appear to be smarter than the 501s. I won’t even get into the single vs. dual tuner comparison. Don’t EVER buy a single tuner PVR if you can avoid it. As for the remotes, I think the bottom of the 501 remote is better, but the top of the Tivo and remote shape wins. Either way, I’m using an MX-500 Universal Learning Remote, so it doesn’t matter anyway. Music channels: No comparison. D* wins that one easily. The only one I miss from E* is the Kids music channel. Kids programming: D* wins with all the E* kids channels and the ultimate… PBS Kids channel…a MUST for any parent. Sports: No comparison. D* wins with the most programming and YES Network for NY DMA subs (my first reason for switching...now I have others). Customer Service: I’ve already had my calls to India for D* with the time delay. E* wins that hands down. PPV: D* has more than twice as many PPV channels as E*. Nice when it's bad weather and you don't want to head out to Blockbuster. Now, what to do about my costs?????….eBay my remaining E* equipment. It should fully subsidize my final outlay so I essentially will have switched for free. Hope to sell each 501 for $200, the SW64 for $75, the 4900 for $150, the dishes for $25 each, and had 2 SW21s ($10 each)-totaling $695. May be more, may be less, but I should, at least, break even and then some. They're all already on eBay, so sorry, don't bother PMing me...... So, there you have it…I’ve probably forgotten a few things, but this hits the major points. Happy to answer any questions.