I'm in San Diego and I'm hooked up with Cox Cable. I recently noticed that they now have some new HD channels (Discovery Kids, Cooking Channel & DIY - channels 1101, 1362, 1363). Now, I receive all these channels as part of the package I pay for, & in fact I do get them in SD, but NOT in HD. After talking to multiple people at Cox & researching online, I understand that these channels (as well as a host of other premium ones like HBO Comedy, Starz Cinema, etc - I counted 22 of them) can ONLY be accessed with their new DVR & STB...I think that's how it is. In any case you do have to have their equipment to get these stations in HD. Now, I'm thinking WTF! If I'm paying for it, why can I only get a channel in SD when it's available in HD? I mean if this continues then you will be forced to rent the cable co. equipment if you want to watch something in HD. Doesn't that defeat the whole purpose of the cablecard? I thought the point of cablecard technology was to stop the cable cos. from "forcing" you to rent their equipment. Anyone know what the hell is going on?