My biggest worry isn't microsoft pulling out but arris getting motorola from google especially since comcast is getting about 8% of arris. I think google could have brought it to the masses (through third parties) if they chose to do so... Arris, on the other hand, though I love their products, more than moto or cisco, never seems to deal with retail , it may be that one can't walk in and buy a cable modem off the shelf any more (though select comcast areas do have them at select bestbuys so there is hope). They bought moxi and pulled it from retail, if given another year or two it would have been a legitimate challenge to tivo for those who don't want to mess with WMC and extenders. The only hope I think we will get out of that deal is they supposedly have a 6 tuner dlna/dtcp-ip capable triple play docsis 3 device that may make it to more cable systems which may in turn influence more dlna/dtcp-ip devices to come out faster (though I wonder how other operators think of now having to buy hardware from comcast in addition to the programming (though 7.85% may not be much to influence that). Since the box is also a dvr, I'm not sure whatever is streamed out will have any storage capability and I really don't want to pay the huge fees to the cable company for box/dvr rental each month).