I just came from a friend's house who has digital cable. He has HD and I was really impressed with the picture quality and the bells and whistles of his cable DVR. When I first made the switch to satellite: • I was excited about 300% more premium movie channels • Twice as many channels overall • Digital quality picture • Lower prices • And the hope that satellite TV would one day take advantage if its technological advantage over cable and find a way to offer some type of distant market local programming. Well: • Cable now gives you just as many premium movie channels as satellite • And just about as many channels as satellite. • With digital cable (now the standard with cable TV) all their channels are digital as well except for locals. All satellite does is this jerry rigged digital encoding and retransmission of OTA analog signals for locals anyway so the LIL feeds are actually inferior to cable's non-degragated analog feeds. The only distant market programming you get with satellite that is not available with cable are the NFL Sunday Ticket and WB/UPN Superstations. I can only watch one game at a time and since I'm with D* and not E* I'm not offered Superstations. To be honest, there's more effort to bring distant market TV to you via the Internet than with satellite. Does anyone have a good reason for me or anyone else not living in a rural area or a cross country motorist why satellite is a better choice than cable? What am I overlooking? Right now I'm feeling that just being a supporter of the technology and status quo lethargy are the main reasons most people don't pick up the phone and call the cable guy, myself included.