I already know this is going to be a long post, so bear with me. I've been trying to find the best HDTV service for my new place when I go back to school this August. My family here doesn't have any HD service, and I'm getting really confused with the different options! Here's what I've found out so far from talking to the Cable (Mediacom) and Satellite (DISH Network) providers: Mediacom: $39.95 - Basic family cable $7.50 - Add Digital HD Tuner box $9.95 - Add HD Tier to receive HD programming, BUT they say the only channels available in HD are ESPN, Universal, Discovery, HD NET, and HD NET movies. Seems like kind-of a ripoff to pay $57.40 per month to only get 5 HD channels (which does not include ABC and FOX, the only two i really want. And yes, that's for LOST and 24 ). DISH Network: $49.95 - Dish HD Bronze Package (lists all HD & SD channels at the link) Now, this service does not include ABC and FOX, and all the other local channels either. You can add the local channels for $5/month, but the rep there also told me that they are not available in HD in my area. However, the HDTV tuner that is provided with this service doubles as an ATSC over-the-air tuner. So I can just buy a good antenna and pick up the local channels for free, with some in HD. According to Antennaweb.org, (here is what they say is available in my area), I'll be able to receive ABC, PBS, NBC, FOX, CBS, and WB in Digital TV stations. Big Question: Because the channels are denoted as DTV, does that always mean that they will be broadcast in HD, or could it end up being Standard Definition DTV? I would have to make sure that I get a good multidirectional antenna to make sure I get everythingany recommendations there would be appreciated too! So, it appears that DISH Network is the much better deal: offering 25 HDTV channels vs. 5 at Mediacom, and being compatible with ATSC signals. And it ends up being cheaper than cable too. But, here's the Really Big Question: with the cable service we have here at home, I've always been used to the fact that we can split the cable signalwe can have one line go to the cable box at the main TV in the living room, and several others go to bedrooms where we aren't using cable boxes. I get a sinking feeling that this can't be done with satellite (I forgot to ask them). With DISH Network, are you required to have a tuner at every TV you use the service with, or can it be split like you would a cable TV service? If this can't be done, it would almost rule out satellite TV altogether because we have 5 bedrooms which all need to have a TV hookup. I'd appreciate it greatly if someone could let me know how this works with satellite, and if there's any relatively cheap workaround. Thanks!