so after putting together a spreadsheet and everything else and comparing directv to uverse and dish network, it turns out i can upgrade to two HD DVRS (from one standard tivo), keep the same soccer channels (Setanta + FSC minus GOLTV... oh well.. see ya GolTV), and pick up a bunch of HD programming for....
wait for it!
oh, $25 LESS per month.
there are equipment charges, of course, but that should add up to less than $100.
so. heads up, if you're looking.
i called directv first, looking for them to compete, because i'd rather not change, and the best they could offer me was a free hd dvr... a $200 value! except i get two for $50 with dish network (first one's free, second is $100, but there's a rebate)
there, i've freed up money for retirement.