FWIW...I've had DTV for a few years and had outrun my previous "agreement",making me essentially a free agent by paying month to month. After seeing this thread I figured I'd give them a call re: ST. I was told that if I agreed to a 1 yr contract that I'd get ST for free,(or $199 w/o the contract.) And,according to my account,that's exactly what I've got. What will happen NEXT year remains to be seen....? VIACOM??? ...BS!