We upgraded to digital cable to take advantage of interactive and recording opportunities and found the process relatively painless. One thing that had me on edge was something that seemed easy enough - programming the "Universal" Remote. I've heard of this urban myth before, but never attempted it. The right way, inputting codes from the manual (long lost) or searching online (12 different Sharp TV codes) failed. Turns out the new remote had its own search function that allowed it to emulate the other two and integrate. I thought it was cool to master a new technology, but the kids yawned at the effort.