Moving to Jersey City from Manhattan I was nervous about going with DTV, but really had no choice due to Comcast being outrageously expensive and inept for this area. Scheduled my install and had them put in the notes I wanted an HR24 DVR or nothing at all. The morning of the install they called during the window and I asked about the HR24. Didn't have one in the install truck, so they said they would drive one out here while the installer was working. So I said fine and since dishes were already on the house (DTV customer lived here prior) there wasn't much work to be done. Good as their word, the manager showed up with a brand new HR24 DVR and I am now sitting pretty. This thing is way faster than my old DISH Network 921 DVR used to be (when I had DISH, which was years ago) and while it is not quite as fast as any cable box I have used in recent years, it is nearly so (I'm talking about switching channels, just to be clear). Software is better, far more ergonomic and the thing has tons of space and so many little choices to mess with that I am still learning. Picture quality is miles better than Time Warner, Cox, Comcast or Cablevision (and I have had all of them in the last five years at one point of another). I remember when DTV had the worst PQ out there. Friends of mine had DTV and their HD was complete crap. Clearly the move to MPEG4 fixed all that. My only complaint is that the Time Warner Scientific Atlantic DVR had a lot of aspect ratio wiggle room that the HR24 does not. Numerous modes allowed you to stretch or expand the image and that was helpful when you had letterboxed SD content or content that was squished by the morons at the channel and that needed to be unsquished. It was also easy as pie to switch modes. Oh well. One negative out of a hundred ain't bad. So that is my story.