Not sure if right forum but here goes. Anyone know anything about the new HMC boxes for Direct? My question is can the HMC be in your homerun location for wiring purposes and then the client box at your main viewing area. Can you control the HMC funtions from a client box? Im going off this info , see below The HMC should be available in late 2005. Some unofficial information has leaked out on the configuration of the HMC and the associated client boxes (one at each TV). The DirecTV HMC will incorporated 4 satellite receivers (all HD capable) along with two over-the-air TV tuners (also HD capable). Up to 4 programs can be recorded simultaneously onto the unit's large capacity hard drive (something around 400 to 500 GB). A client box will be required at each TV. Both a standard definition and a high definition version of the client boxes will be offered. The client boxes can be connected to the HMC via either coax cable (e.g., RG-6) or via a Cat-5e or Cat-6 Ethernet cable. At any one time 4 of the client boxes can be in use to control and HMC's digital video recorder (DVR) functions and will operate as if each of these has it own DVR. TVs connected to additional client boxes (i.e, beyond the first 4) will be more limited in what they can view. Two HMCs can be networked together to double the capabilities thus allow recording or playback of up to 8 programs simultaneously and up to 8 clients can each operate the DVR functions (or view live broadcast). A new satellite dish will be required and 4 coax lines are required to be connected between the dish and the HMC, plus one additional coax line into the media server is needed if you want to connect an TV antenna for over-the-air reception. Directv will offer a trade-in credit for the customer's current equipment. Preliminary indications are Directv will offer to replace their customer's current Directv HD receivers with a new standalone HD receiver or offer a credit toward a HMC and a client HD box.. If you have a HD Directv TiVo then they will offer to move you over to the new HMC plus one HD client box. As reported previously, Directv is moving away from the use of TiVo and the HMC will not be based on TiVo software for the DVR functions. IF not then alot of us will have some pretty messed up fishing to do.