If you are having a hard time deciding between Dish and Directv, maybe looking at the two companies respective Customer Agreements will help. I urge anyone considering either to read them carefully. Here are the links to the agreements. You must read both the Customer and Lease Addendum for Directv if you want to fully understand their agreement. http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/global/contentPage.jsp?assetId=1100106 http://www.dishnetwork.com/legal/default.aspx This is just my opinion, but after reading the two (after the fact), I would have choose Dish. The opportunity for Directv to extended your lease agreement (12-14 months) with any change or addition to your hardware is too prevalent in the Directv agreement. I don't see the same language in the Dish agreement.