Wait, I'm confused (not uncommon). Are you saying the HD-DVRs in Raleigh will use Passport software, or Scientific Atlanta software?
Also another question: Is the decision for which OS to use driven by what software is running at the head end (ie. at the cable company), or can either OS be used regardless?
BTW, one of the downsides of the SA3250HD boxes here in Raleigh is that you cannot turn the grey pillars to black when watching 4:3 material. These boxes run Passport software. However, I have read on other forums that 3250HDs running SA software (in other locals) allows you to select the pillar color.
I hope the HD-DVRs allow us to select pillar color and also allow a format passthrough option (ie. passthrough 480p, 720p, or 1080i).
Panasonic TC-P60ZT60 plasma panel
Sony BDP-S5100 Blu-ray player
Samsung SMT-H3272 DVR
Yamaha RX-V650 AVR
URC MX-780 remote control