this probably doesn't surprise the experts out there, but I was pleasantly surprised recently when I upgraded to one of the new HD packages (in conjunction with getting a vip411 receiver) and found that my old 811 receiver is able to receive much of the "new" HD content. This surprised me because the CSR had led me to believe that the new HD content would only be available on my new MPEG4 receiver, while my 811 would just continue to show the old HD channels. But I am now receiving Anamania, Equator, Family Room, Film Fest, Gallery, Kung Fu, Monsters, Rave, Rush, and Ultra on the 811. There are some I can't get: Treasure, Universal, World Cinema, Worldsport, and ESPN2. But all in all it's been a pleasant surprise, and I probably will delay replacing that 811 for a while longer.