Today come word that VerizonFIOSTV is pursuing broadband distribution of their tv product. Okay, the thing sticking in my craw for a LONG time is, why hasn't DirecTV done so a long time ago? Broadband speeds have slowly crept up over the past x years, and seem to lately be taking off like a rocket. In my own 'neck of the woods', fiber to the premises has started to give Goggle a run for their money, as Public Utility District fiber plants in eastern Washington State have gotten gigabit level fiber to Apple Orchards (population density there is pretty low), not to mention the city of Seattle started a 1G project to the home, fed off muni fiber that was 'plowed in' over a decade ago (but needed a good 'shove' to actually get some going as they are prohibited from actually providing the service 'directly', they needed some local companies to do the final feet from the curb to the home). DirecTV is in a perfect position to become a provider in these plants; they already have the IP-based reciever/DVR boxes (made for years for large scale condo/apartment plants), so they would only need to 'grab' the signal off the sat with a nice dish and feed it down these fibers. The customers wouldn't need dishes (impracticable in large cities if not in the typical tree-laden communities around these parts) and the bandwidth used would hardly be noticeable on these gigabit systems. So, where are you DirecTV? Get off your behind!