All righty. Time to make the jump to HDTV and series 3, and with it, from DirecTV and the DirecTivo. For about four years I've been nicely chugging along with my multiple directivos, which are "altered" to take advantage of my home network and a central media server. (Note: no TOS, just the ability to save some shows for later watching, either served back to the Tivo, on my computer, or on my iPod. Apparently, you can now do all this with series2 out of the box, and on the series3, it's coming. But I digress...) Now, I'd like to go about this with a little more knowledge going in than I did with my original DirecTV installation, which later had me running my own cable, and also climbing up on my roof to change the LNB. Basically, I would like to be further ahead of the lernin' cerve than I was when I started out with DirecTV. By the time I found tivocommunity.com, I learned there were several things I wish I'd done right the first time. Current setup is as such: FIOS internet is installed, and the ONT is down in my basement, blinking its happy lights, and feeding a line to my wireless router and, by extension, the rest of my wireless network. DirecTV lines come in in the same area of hte basement, are fed to a multiswitch, and then feed two lines to my bedroom, two to my great room. The series3 is going into my greatroom. The bedroom will have a box with a friend's old series1 lifetime standalone until I get a second series3. Or maybe some other arrangement, see below. My questions are these: I presume I can take advantage of the existing coax runs once the FIOS TV goes in? Is there something I should put on the line ahead of time (amp? splitter? Something has to replace that multiswitch. Is there something I should supply/buy myself that would be better than what the installer might come out with? Anything I should know/do before the installer comes out? Anything I should prevent the installer from doing or taking? Are the multistream cards out? Or do I need two cards? Are there any channels I can receive without a box on the TVs that won't have a tivo? I have one TV in my basement that I'd like to receive some basic channels for the kids if I can, but I'm not about to rent a box for it. What about some kind of creative setup with the tivo (centrally located tivo, central server, for example?) I honestly can't think of anything I would need some kind of bizarre setup for, but I'm having a hard time thinking outside of the box on a service I've not yet used. But, like I said, I want to build as much in as I can while I'm just setting up to minimize having to redo stuff later once I figure out what my real needs are. What I'm fishing for here is that if all of you are doing something I should be doing, I'd like to know. Finally, is there some kind of way I should order this that might net me a better price, or some kind of promotion? Is there some ordering pitfall I should avoid? Is there some kind of answer/price I shouldn't accept when I order the cablecards? Thanks for any insight you guys can offer. For my next feat, I'll be buying an HDTV. But that's a whole 'nother kettle of fish. My brain hurts trying to organize the information into a cogent plan of attack.