...and I'm already regretting this decision.
Programming-wise, the 2 services aren't all that different. DirectTV has way more sports options, which I don't really give a shit about, but it's lacking G4TV now... so I am missing out on all those Ninja Warrior and Cops reruns...
The biggest issue I have with DirectTV is that after all these years their receivers are still way behind what everyone else is doing.
The program guide browsing ins sluggish as hell and the dvr doesn't have a one-click auto-tune option, which SHOULD be present on ANY modern receiver.
Dish Network's DVR used a single receiver with RF remotes to connect 2 tvs. When you did this with your DVR receiver that meant your second tv had full dvr functionality. You could pause/rewind live tv on both the tvs that used it etc...
Direct TV's pitch to counter what Dish does is that they give you your HD DVR for your main TV and a second HD receiver that can connect to your DVR from any room. What they don't tell you is this second receiver does not have any basic dvr funtionality built in at all. The only options you have are to tell the DVR to record a single show or to play back something you have already recorded.
And the playback is like using windows media center. It streams the video, has to buffer, and the skip features for skipping commercials and such are slower than shit.
At least I get that low "new customer" rate and all the equipment was free, but after my 2 year contract is up, I'm pretty sure I'll be going back to Dish Network.