Addict I can't thank you enough for your reply. Unfortunately I ordered the internet-based "NHL Game Center Live" package to get my hockey fix. but still, i've got the right mind to pick up dish network when i'm in the states here. I understand the desire for the giant dish here. with the amount of rain and cloudyness we get here in medellin losing satellite is a daily occurence with these small fries they hand out. thanks again.