Finally got hooked up today and so far I'm pretty happy... For those who are considering switching from D* (especially if you're using a HD DirecTivo), here are some of my opinions of the two. I'm going to start with the good: 1. E* seems to have neater features on the equipment side, such as the separator/combiner that allows you to power two satellite inputs with just one cable (as far as I know D* doesn't have this because my D* install required 4 separate cables to power two DVRs in two rooms). The vip622 DVR which is what I got, allows you to watch two separate shows on two separate TVs on one box, which is something D* doesn't have. 2. The picture quality of SD channels looks better in my opinion, though only by very little. Not a huge difference, but pictures do seem to be sharper. In all fairness this could be due to me using DVI (converted from HDMI) on the vip622, instead of component which was what I used on my HD DirecTivo. My DirecTivo's HDMI port was DOA and I never bothered to replace it. 3. The vip622 does a much better job than my DirecTivo at picking up OTA channels. With my DirecTivo I could barely pick up any OTA channels, and usually they are subject to a lot of signal loss. The vip622 is able to pick up those channels strongly. Same antenna was used. I'm very happy about this. 4. HD channels including MPEG4 look great... however during fast motions I can see pixellation. I forget which channels, but I believe they were both VOOM channels. However, I haven't experienced any of the "Max Headroom"-style audio stuttering that I had to deal with on D*. 5. Dish's own vip622 DVR is definitely more mature than D*'s own R15 which I also have. You can tell the software is much more polished and less buggy. I'm not very confident in D*'s own hardware. Now some not-so-positives... 1. Tivo I feel is still by far the best DVR interface. It's so simple to use and organized. I feel a little lost trying to find my way around the vip622. I already miss my DirecTivo. 2. The vip622 heats up quite a bit. In my entertainment unit with an open back and a glass door, the DVR got to be too hot to touch, and had restarted itself 5 times. I relocated it to have it openly sit on top of the entertainment unit and it has cooled down significantly and I havent' experienced a reboot since. 3. The vip622 has a maximum of "288 timer events"... these are shows that are on the "to do" list, and includes shows that are not to be recorded (such as duplicates). I quickly hit this limit, and I was unable to program in my 50 "Season Passes" into the vip622. As far as I know DirecTivo doesn't have this limit. By the way, this has been mentioned a couple of times in the forum, but it doesn't hurt... vip622's timers are like Tivo's Season Passes, and vip622's Dish Passes are like Tivo's Wishlist. Don't confuse a Dish Pass for a Season Pass! 4. 129 satellite is coming in a bit weak... certain transponders are getting 55 signal levels. While watching Food Network HD I noticed a couple of dropouts. I am in Los Angeles (Redondo Beach to be exact), using a Dish 1000. So I've had the system for less than 12 hours, but so far I'm very happy and I'm glad I switched. I will be playing around with it more this weekend and will share more comparisons between the two.