No, this isn't another "I hate DirecTV so I'm leaving" threads. But I've had a few inquiries of where I have been lately as my posts have dropped off a lot and I didn't blog the latest conference call. So here is the explanation. I have been with DirecTV since 1996. Sunday Ticket every year since 1999. I have enjoyed DirecTV a lot. Been with the CE program here at DBSTalk since the begining. I've made more then a few online friends thru DBSTalk. But costs have gotten out of hand. When I add it up I'm paying $85 a month, not counting Sunday Ticket, for 5-6 channels that I can get free OTA. And now the DVR fee is going up, yet another rate hike and a charge for MRV looks to be good. And Sunday Ticket looking like it'll be pushing $450 with Superfan. It's just getting out of hand. So I've been thinking for a while now about cutting back or going OTA only. I've also recently lost my job so that lit a fire under my rear to finally do something. My first thought was to get a PS3 for Netflix/BluRay and Internet streaming. Cost about $350 or so with remote. Then get a stand alone DVR (Tivo most likely) for OTA HD. Another $300 PLUS a monthly Tivo fee. But for the cost of that I could try my hand at a HTPC (Home Theater PC) to do all that and more. So I've built a HTPC in hopes of replacing most of what I get from DirecTV. Other then some live sports I have now replaced 98% of what we paid DirecTV for free. HTPC has a BluRay/DVD player, streams Internet content from Hulu, Boxee, Justin TV and pretty much any other source under the sun. I already had a Netflix subscription and now can stream directly into Win7 Media Center (very sweet I might add). And I've got dual tuner OTA HD and can record 150+ hours of HD. OTA covers about 80% of our shows, the rest are covered by Hulu and Netflix (yea it's not HD but I can wait for the DVD if it's really bad). I can't replace Sunday Ticket but I'll live. Stop by a buddies place or hit the bar once in a while. Or get the Uverse low end package and get Red Zone Channel for $5 bucks a month for the 4 months of the season. So with the money savings from DirecTV ($120 a month) the HTPC will pay for itself in short order. My total monthly costs now: $10.99 for Netflix w/BluRay. I've had this thing going for a few days and let me tell you, it's sweet. Windows 7 Media Center really is amazing just like the reviews said. And it's free and has a ton of open source plugins. I would rate it as one of the best DVR solutions on the market, and it's free with no monthly fees. Just last night we sat down and watched 3 hours of Chuck via Hulu, caught a CSI via CBS streaming thru 7MC since our recording via DirecTV had the blurps and watched two OTA shows via the 7MC DVR. All from one device. And I haven't even messed with a bunch of plugins and such yet. Wife loves it so WAF isn't a problem. Even when I get a job again, I will not go back to pay TV, just not worth it. Anyway, this post was just to say that I've enjoyed my years with DirecTV and this community especially. I won't be leaving DBSTalk and will make helpful posts when I can but as time goes on I'll know less and less about DirecTV and have less to post about. But I'll check in a few times a week and you can find me more on AVS now in the HTPC forums. See ya around!