When I switched from DirecTV to Dish just over a year ago, I did so for a couple of reasons. First, the HR22-100 I had was an absolute dog of a performer. 20-30 seconds after power up (from standby, not complete off) to be able to start a program or change a channel. At the time, the HR24 was supposed to be much faster, but DirecTV wouldn't guarantee me an HR24 if I asked for a replacement receiver. They essentially called all the HR21-24 receivers identical. I could buy an HR24 from a 3rd party for $200, but that's asking a lot just to be able to pick your model number when you upgrade. Dish offered me a significant savings the first year (over $240) and guaranteed me the receiver of my choice for free. It's hard to spend $500 just to stick with a provider. In my opinion, the national HD on Dish is a little bit softer. Still nice, but definitely softer. The HD LiL is downright horrible, and I consider an OTA adapter and antenna a necessity. Can't say what DirecTV's HD LiL was like because they didn't offer it in my area when I had it. Note that I am a picture quality snob and can easily detect differences in picture quality most people would never see.