I don't think we can read something like that from a manual, there is certainly not and won't be anything "official" about a company's strategic direction contained in a user manual. We haven't seen any new equipment that couldn't serve clients for six years. The only difference with the HS17 is that it doesn't output video, but like the HR34/44/54, it is designed to serve clients. So I think it is pretty safe to infer client/server is where they have been going since 2011 and will continue going. Actually that's probably been their plan far longer, since they showed off a forerunner of the HR34 years earlier. An IMHO more interesting question for a lot of people here that the manual does shed some light on is whether it will be permitted to mix HS17s and other stuff like HR24s. Since the manual mentions use of both RVU and MRV in conjunction with the HS17, and talks about the need for "11 available tuners" to connect an HS17, it has clearly not been written from the perspective of the HS17 not working with other equipment. It does not mention the possibility of another 'server' device that can have clients like an HR34/44/54. So I expect you will have to trade in your Genie to get the Genie Air, but you'll be able to keep your HR24s etc. I still think the talk we're hearing about needing a second dish for the HS17 is a condition applied only to those testing it to reduce variables, and won't be the policy when it is officially rolled out nationwide. But that's just a guess, and the language in the manual could always change if Directv has changed their mind on that. The other open question is how long you'll be able to get standalone receivers and DVRs. Even if they don't allow you to get them along with an HS17, will they let you get them for an RV? Or will you need to bring your HS17 and a client from home, or get a second account with its own HS17 + client, for the RV? While I think those who are whining about having "another box" with the HS17 are complaining about nothing, it isn't that big, but in an RV where space is at a premium it may be more of a concern. Though the wireless capability would be nice if they don't have coax where they want their TV.