Whoa. Too hard to quote, so I'll just go through it without. irhorer: Systems being upgraded today, like most of Comcast's systems are 860mhz. It's sort of the standard. There's no reason that it's that much harder to do a 1000mhz system, it's just that some older boxes can't handle 1000mhz, and D2 modems can't handle it, so what goes up there has to be carefully picked and managed. Everything handles up to 860mhz (135 channels). If you remove internet and VOD, you get FIOS, since it doesn't have internet or VOD on the 256 QAM system. U-Verse has nothing to do with SDV. It's already running IPTV, so it has unlimited channel capacity, as it only sends the channels in use down from the VRAD. The issue with U-Verse is how limited the bandwidth to each sub is, which is why it is a crippled system. That's why U-Verse has a ridiculous amount of HD's, and they all look like crap. IPTV already delivers all the benefits of a 100% SDV system, just in a totally different architecture. It's a problem that the TA's are losing ANYTHING. A system like that should be running at a consistent 100% reliability. What's actually going on? Are the signals not getting to the headend? Does the headend not have enough QAMs to put the channels on? Yes, below 50mhz is for upstream. So an 860mhz system has 810mhz of downstream. Most systems that I'm familiar with are 860mhz, as are most Comcast systems. FIOS uses an 860mhz system. I don't know if the ONTs are limited to that, I am guessing they are as otherwise that would be an easy target to crank it up to 1ghz. There is nothing wrong with 1ghz, and especially with a small local system like FIOS, it would be even easier to make work properly. SDV is a kludge that shouldn't be implemented until AFTER all analogs are gone, and MPEG-4 is in place. You can push an absolute crapload of MPEG-4 HD's on an 860mhz or 1000mhz system without the need for SDV. They shouldn't have used SDV in the first place. An all-digital 860mhz plant with MPEG-4 has so much capacity, that SDV shouldn't be needed. They're totally different. Running IP traffic over a QAM and actively swapping out linear feeds on QAMs are two totally different things. I guess you could argue VOD and SDV are the same thing, but they are radically different to the end user in that you now need more hardware to utilize regular linear channels. You have to let the old go and move on. No other provider is catering to people who are stuck in 2004 and won't move on, and the cable companies shouldn't either. Comcast has served the technology impaired with DTA's, which work fine and save plenty of bandwidth. Apparently you think Comcast made the wrong decision to serve the profitable, up to date customers with more HD content, more VOD, and more internet bandwidth instead of letting the technology impaired continue to use their TV's internal tuner when they can just as well use a DTA to support their archaic technology? Keeping analog is idiotic and backwards. It's a dying technology. Just kill it. Comcast even did it here, where we have another cable company that still offers analog. It will get interesting when the other cable company, who currently has a similar HD lineup to Comcast (I'm assuming they have an 860mhz plant as opposed to Comcast's 650mhz planet) wakes up and kills analog, as they will then own in terms of HD content. U-Verse might work for the immediate future, but when cable cranks up the bandwidth, which Comcast is already doing, U-Verse can't keep pace. Nor can it keep pace with even Comcast's bad picture quality, which is a rather low standard. Verizon was quoting $2k/house to build FIOS a few years back. It's a bit of a different story when you can put 32 subs on one fiber cable, and your infrastructure serves dozens of customers on a block, not just one. You can get On Demand through the STB. How do you not use a guide? You have to if you want to find something, especially finding sports. It is THX certified, as an XL4. I think what was killing me on MCE was Windows doing the scaling to 1080p, not my video processor, as well as having weird color reproduction, where TiVo seems to be a lot more normal. I actually undid some of the eyeballed calibration tweaks I had done on my TV to make up for MCE's weird color.