Advertisements I am looking at moving from DirecTV to Time Warner Cable, and in doing some research today, I've run across several issues. I've read about this stuff a bit, which I like to do on my own instead of just blundering in asking questions first. Having said that, I'm confused on a few things. Here goes: Background stuff on me: First off, I'm in Dallas (hello DaveDFW). Technically Garland (right outside of Dallas), but I fall under the Dallas TWC banner - I know, I'm already a customer. The primary reason I'm doing this is cost. I already have TWC's digital phone and Cable Internet services. I've had DirecTV for several years now, primiarly because I wanted NFL Sunday Ticket. I stopped getting ticket a year or so ago, because of the cost of the thing vs the games we actually ended up watching. NFLST was my "tie" to DirecTV. With that not being there now, I don't have a special allegience to DirecTV anymore. I used to be a TiVo customer, had Series 1, and Series 2 boxes, and then went DirecTiVo boxes when I first started with DirecTV, but then DirecTV bought out that stuff, pigeonholed it, and eventually killed it, so right now on DirecTV I have an R10, and a HDVR2 unit. I know both of them would need to be replaced if I went to TWC. I also called D* today and checked - my account is "clear" of the "two year commitment or big fine if you quit" stuff, so that's a non issue. The bundle package I would get from TWC for all three services vs the two I already have plus my DirecTV bill is about $50 cheaper a month. This I admit is the primary focus for all this action. A lesser reason is that I just miss "TiVo". Yeah, my DirecTiVo box has some TiVo features, but I've been essentially stuck with the same featureset for years. OK, that's the why I'm doing this. Here is my plan of action I came up with when I gave some real thought as to doing this today. I was going to get a TiVoHD box for the living room, and my brother has a spare Series 2 box with lifetime on it he was going to give me for use in my bedroom. I was planning on getting a TiVoHD and using it for just standard def stuff for now. I figure on going HD at some point later this year, so I figure I'd have a TiVo ready for it. The integrated solution of TiVo and receiver was the reason I went DirecTiVo in the first place a few years back. Since I'm SD only, there was also the option of doing just two Series 2 boxes for now, but if I know I'll be going HD, I might as well just get that box now instead of getting an SD for our primary TV room. Furthermore, I remember from my days with cable that I detested the cable box with a TiVo box combination. The bedroom S2 TiVo would have that, but I could live with that as not a ton of recording is done in there - the living room one though I would want the integrated deal, hence my looking at the TiVoHD box. The service package I was going to get from TWC was their "Digital Cable" offering on this pdf channel lineup - no HD at this time. OK, that's what I was going to do - now the confusion sets in.... So I get on these forums, and start reading about SDV and cable cards and all that crap. One big thing here (I think) is that I do *NOT* have an HDTV yet. This is all for SD viewing at the moment. If I am not getting any HD channels for the time being, and just looking at SD digital cable, do I need the Cable Card? I'm a little unclear as to whether I do for just SD material. If I do, think I'd want one M-Card for the TiVoHD, since I'll want to record more than one thing at a time. The bedroom one would likely be using their box with the S2 TiVo, so that's not relevant from what I can tell. Gah! I'm confused. Can someone clue me in? Nebulous Future stuff: The SDV adapter for the TiVoHD box seems to be something I would only need for HD signals, corect? I know it's not out yet, but from what I read here, it will be released at some point between now and when I'll likely go HD, which probably won't be until later in the year. While I don't need it now, I did investigate the "DirecTV 90+ HD channels" vs what is available on TWC Dallas. After looking at the available channels plus knowing the family's viewing habits, I concluded that there's just one channel I wouldn't be able to get - that being the NFL Network. Mildly annoying, but I can live with that. There's also some other stuff I would gain (like local government channels which I'm actually interested in). Also from looking at DirecTV's list of HD channels, the bulk of them seem to be upsourced clones of the SD channels - not true HD sourced material, is that right? A random question that probably is dumb, but I wanted to ask. If I stuck an antenna in the TiVoHD box, what would it do with the .1 .2 channels it would see from HD signals? I presume I'm just not presented with them, right? I assume it wouldn't downconvert them to SD and let me see them with no HDTV, right? Fios: Oh, and FiOs is not an option for me. If it was, that's where I'd be going. But my area has not been wired, and Verizon has "no idea" when it will be. Talking to some other residents in the area who have been here a long time (I've been in this house for about 6 years now), they say that when they were built, it usually takes awhile for things like that to make it back our little neighborhood. We're kind of in a bit of a cubbyhole in terms of our location. We're literally one block from the end of the city limits. Bottom Line: I guess the bottom line here is if I buy a TiVoHD unit to use with SD only TWC service, do I need to worry about cable cards and whether they're M-cards and all that? Sorry for the bit of a ramble here, but I have to admit to being a bit confused about all this stuff, plus my personal variable of "SD only (for now)".