It depends upon how you want to look at it. I have been paying $10 for quite a while for the handful of HD progams that D* had: ESPN, ESPN2, HDNet, HDNet Movies, TNT, UHD. That became the $10 "HD Access fee" which for a while STILL just got me those same channels. Now, however, that $10 buys access to quite a bit more HD and looks like a bargain. The rub is that if I still want HDnet, HDnet movies, UHD and the three additional channels MGM HD, Smithsonian and MHD, then I'd need to pay another $4.99. MHD is useless to me as is most of UHD. I've never watched a complete movie on HDnet movies....however, I sure like the reruns of Smallville and the occasional Dead Like Me and Enterprise in HD on HDnet. MGM HD has some surprisingly good movies and the HD is quite good. Smithsonian has an odd blend of programming, but some of it is good HD demo material. So, in my case at least, when I compare what I have "lost" with what the $5 will gain.....you are correct, I'll be paying $15 a month from now on (well, at least starting in December).