Short story: I was a happy DirecTV customer for years in the DirecTivo and HR10-250 days... when the Tivo relationship went south and DirecTV's new DVRs sucked I switched over to cable and a pair of Tivo Series3 HD units. Now I've got multiple things making me itchy to switch: * A tuner in one of the S3s is going bad and will cost $$$ to repair/replace. * Our rural cable company is incredibly slow at adding HD channels. * Adding access to our DVR content from a 3rd room would require getting another Tivo of some type, but I don't really want more tuners and another hard drive in there. * Bill for HD service from cable company + Tivo service charges is more than what I'd pay DirecTV now that they have free HDTV and $3 Whole House DVR. So, it looks like an HR34 plus a pair of H24s (or H25s) would do pretty much everything we need; yeah, we'd be giving up some Tivo features, but nothing we can't live without. In the process we'd have a simpler and easier to use system (better on the Wife Acceptance Factor front) and we'd have access to our content (and even live TV) in our den/exercise room. The current deal on DirecTV's website would put all of this hardware in my hands for $100 or so, and the included three months of HBO/SHO would pay for that. I'll do my own installation (even though 'professional' installation is free) because I've already got a dish on the roof and all the wiring in place. That leaves me with really only one area of concern: my current dish is an AT9-sidecar, which gave me access to the HD content (including locals) that DirecTV had 4+ years ago. I'd like to keep this dish in place because replacing it will be a bit of pain in the butt; I've already got all four coax connections from its internal multiswitch wired down to my structured wiring cabinet. I *believe*, based on what I've read here and elsewhere, that I can put an SWM8 in front of that dish to feed the new boxes and all will be well... but only if I won't be missing content. Is there any need for me to verify that this dish will get me all the channels I want (Choice package, locals, HBO, SHO), or is that a given based on the satellites it can see already? If this is a workable plan, is there any benefit to ordering this gear from a reseller like SolidSignal instead of directly from DirecTV? I'll just tell them I don't want a dish at all in the kit, and I'll pay for an SWM8. Any comments, thoughts or advice much appreciated... the DirecTV website deal claims to expire at the end of this week, so I'll have to pull the trigger on this shortly.