What I think is crazy is that once NBC gets the Sunday Night game in 2006, they are going to be able to dictate which teams they want to see play that evening....so for instance, if you have plans to see a meaningful Dolphins-Jets game that is scheduled for 4 PM EST, Fat Madden and crew can decide to switch the game to 9 PM EST if they feel it is "worthy"...they said they will try to give teams 12 days notice...how convenient for Mr Turdocken. Another reason why I can't stand Madden.
HDTV ready TV
HDTV reciver or HDTV tivo ($750)
an eliptical dish (with thre mount things on it)
For local off air HD you need an antenna untill Directv stars broadcasting locals in HD
The HD package is like $10.00 a month on top of your normal bill and if you have hbo, showtime, etc you get there HD's for free. if i were you I'd wwait till the fall as Directv is adding over 150 channels over the next year (includes locals in HD) and changing from mpg2 stream to mpg4 which will make your current equipment (HDtivo only) Obsolete.
I hate watching football in standard def so once you switch it hurts to watch non HD games or shows for that matter. Just a warning that HD is like crack you can't get enough and they can't put out enough Content fast enough.
Heres shows i watch in HD:
all sorts of reality shows
NFL (NFL network has game of the week in HD)