Tallen234 - That is not a fully confirmed statement, but a widely held assumption. Here are the "Known" facts.
1) Las Vegas is currently using the "lease" model for supplying HD boxes.
2) The "Purchase" model for supplying boxes will be tested/ deployed before the end of the year at Best Buy and Circuit City.
3) Those that have a current leased HD STB will be grandfathered in and not "have" to purchase the HD STB when available.
4) New accounts will be buying their HD STB (There is an option for lease accounts to purchase their box too).
Here are the "Assumed Known Facts"-Thought to be true, but can't get absolute verification or subject to change.
5)There "may" be an option for still leasing current 3100HD STBs for new accounts and purchasing other types of boxes at retail once the "purchase" model goes into effect.
6)HD-PVR's are awaiting liscensing agreements for all systems. When legalities are cleared, Sat and Cable HD-PVR's will be available simultaneously. Sat may be slightly faster to consumers, because they are going straight to retail outlets. Cable will have a mixed launch, depending on the location, but still out to consumers within a few days/weeks of launch (meaning a few extra steps in shipping and cable co has to have the software tested in the field).
7) All HD-PVR's will have subscription fees! Both Sat and Cable will still require a monthly fee for activation and use. In markets where you purchase your box, you may also have the option to purchase a "lifetime" subscription. In leased markets, the box is leased as with any other STB and then there is a subscription fee to use the PVR service.
8) Major Assumptions Here! Current leased HD STB customers will be able to swap out their existing HD box for the HD-PVR. No change in service, or fees for hardware swap. To enable the PVR service another subscription to that service will be needed. Testing will need to be done, and it can only be done by HD customers. Those currently getting HD services will be the first to use the HD-PVRs and may get a reduction in fees for testing during the rollout phase.