Please allow me a little latitude here. So it seems that E* has somewhat developed an upgrade strategy for their HD DVR product. The 942 seems the vehicle they will go with so I’m fairly confidant in assuming that an MEG4 variant of the 942 is currently in some type of initial testing. Based on what I have read so far, it seems the 942 (being developed in house vs. the 921 that was outsourced) is a fairly stable product. Of course there will be glitches but lets face it the lines between these receivers and computers have blurred to the point that there will always be issues due to the complexity of the hardware/software. So I see a 921 - to 942 MPEG2 - to a 942 MPEG4 variant evolution probably occurring. I personally don’t think MPEG4 programming is going to be readily available for at least a year and even then what are we talking? ESPN2 and a couple of other channels? So I could see no compelling reason to get an MPEG4 box for upwards of 2 years. Of course my view point is from a person that gets all of their local HD channels OTA, those who can’t get locals OTA will definitely be clamoring for MPEG4 locals ASAP (See! I am thinking about our brothers and sisters in the boonies!) Regardless I still plan to lease a 942 instead of buying one because I’m fairly certain E* will offer an upgrade to the MPEG4 box ($10 bucks says it will be another $250 or so upgrade cost) when the time comes. In my mind E* has a corporate responsibility to offer a reduced upgrade cost for the 942 to those people who have the 921s. There can’t be that many out there so it would buy E* a whole lot of good press vs. all of the bad press if they leave them out to dry. Of course it will come down to a business decision and the bean counters from E* may say that the 921 owners only make up ½% of the subs and it would be more financially sound to blow them off and suck up the fallout rather than making the financial commitment to upgrade them. So if you buy into my “logic” regarding the HD DVR, E* has it under “control”. However my real question is what the heck is E* going to do about the 811? I seem to remember seeing somewhere that there is something like 2.5 million of them out there right now and growing everyday. It would be interesting to see the breakdown between owned vs. leased. I would figure more are leased than owned. E* is going to have a huge financial/public relation issue on their hands regarding the 811 and MPEG4 programming if they aren’t careful. It is one thing to deal with “X” number of 921 owners (942 MPER2 owners will have an upgrade path available to them) but with the 811 you are talking about (if my 2.5M number is right) 20 to 25% of your Customers (and growing). In 12 to18 months the MPEG4 channels will be rolling out and those owners will want access to that programming. Has anyone heard anything about E*s thoughts on what they are going to do? I’m sure D* has the same issue with their standard HD receiver. It would seem to make sense to base the replacement of the 811 on the 942 MPEG4 platform but without the DVR piece and the second sat. tuner. However what type of offering will they make to their Customers? I could see E* offering a low cost upgrade (say $50 t o$75) for folks leasing the 811 and basically stick it to us who bought one. E* had better be damn careful on how they are going to handle the MPEG4 issue regarding the 811. I hope they have a really good public relation firm on board to help. Just something to toss around on a lazy Saturday.