I do not believe there will be. These units have yet to be offered at a discount to D* employees and that is not a good sign on the consumer front. I am only guessing but I would not look for this unit to have a price reduction before February 2005 at the absolute earliest.
The unit does produce substantial sticker shock, I just purchased mine from Value Electronics and only purchased it because I had a huge hit in a poker game. However, being an NFL fan and Sunday Ticket subscriber, my wife and I have enjoyed this unit quite a bit since we acquired it.
I had wanted to wait unit these units carried a terabyte hard disk and version 4 with HMO of the TiVo software, however, it appears this may never happen. I still do not regret the purchase of this unit.
Slacker, I think that's an old complaint. TNT-HD has done at least one Nextel Cup race in HD and more and more of the network repeats are showing up in HD. I'm also seeing the 'Available in HD' message on a number of their movies. I wish D* would get with the program and turn this channel on (like the rumor had being done weeks ago ).