I guess the Hopper is for some people. I like having 5 tuners at my discretion and not someone elses. Not to mention isnt there a cap on how long the local channels recordings are available as well? Seems like a waste of a 2TB drive if they are gonna limit those local recordings. The HR44 is not going to be that much different to justify not get a HR34. In no way shape or form would I jump ship. What else would you gain? Are there HD channels Dish has that you want or would you save money? If so great. If not, you might reconsider.