It is rather ridiculous how Directv & other companies offer some people better deals and others no deals. I never had Dish so not sure how that works out but reading some comments maybe its not so different. Regarding this Free HD that Directv started, some were told on the phone it would be extended after 24 months. Now, like always it depends on who one gets on the phone. I'm not sure if mine has ended this month or it will in August because I was slow to call in. Because I hate calling in. Since 1996 not sure I've called more than 10 times. I will for this though because they screwed up a grandfathered package I had a few years ago which included free DVR for life. A CSR couldn't get a new HR24 to get the local channels and finally removed my entire package and started over. I had to call in because they removed activating a new receiver online, another thing I hate. Later I found out that cause me to lose the grandfathered deal. I emailed Ellen's office and got a number to call in. The man said yeah, you lost it but I'll give you $10 off for 6 months for the trouble, and that's it. That was a ripoff for me and good for them. So if they want to give me the $10 off for this so called HD package then I'll stay around, if not might just go on to FIOS. I already have the Internet. Far as my account I think I've always been on automatic pay unless they didn't have it in 1996. I just wasn't interested in sending checks every month. But I install everything myself and they have never gave me anything or been to my house. My bill is around $170 a month. Obviously I like Directv or I'd been gone a long time ago. But they make me mad when they make a mistake and say they cannot change it back.