I think you would be surprised. Dish (and perhaps DirecTV) actually offers QAM capable versions of some of its receivers for MDU use. Once the receiver can do QAM, the rest is relatively easy.kaz said:not that easy. the internal hardware in the tuners isnt the same as digital cable. even if they become cablecard compliant (which isnt really a good thing, as cablecard wasnt conceived to be futureproof), youd still have to have a dss version of the box to power the dish, use an access card, and decode the signal.