Advertisements Do I want to pay $1000 for an HDDVR, No but then again pricing hasn't been announced from what I have heard. That Said would I pay $500 (which is at the upper end of some of the unit cost mentioned) for one, that I own and can upgrade and tinker with if I see fit probably, especially if the alternative is renting one that I can't mess with because it isn't mine. One of the reasons I left cable in the first place was rental fees. I currently do not have HD, the reason is the price point for the equipment (TV, Tuner etc) is just getting to the point where I think it is doable and is getting better. This this year or early next is probably the year I want to make the switch. Now I may get stuck with rental fees on top of what I still consider an unknown quantity (the NDS based HDDVR) with an OS that from what I have read is still a little buggy (will probably change by the time I actually upgrade but with current info...). So my apparent options when I go to upgrade are: 1. Stay with D* and use rented equipment with the above limits with a rental fee and HD package fee on top of my current. or 2. Get a series 3 when it comes out and pay tivo a higher rate for monthly DVR and get a box that is a known commodity as far as the OS look and feel and the features set I like. My feeling is that since pricewise D* and cable is comparable for what I want. the only thing that D* offers that I cable doesn't is NFL (I don't get it anyway so its a push anyway). So I can get HD with the programing I want, use a DVR with a UI that I know I like (Unless series 3 changes it drastically which I doubt), own the equipment, and pay a similar price. Cable is starting to look like a reasonable choice, so when I do upgrade to HD I will definitely evaluate ALL of my options.