At one time, Dish and Direct were the poor mans cable tv. I say that in that they both were always cheaper than your local cable company. But times change and in my case, the local cable company is now cheaper. Sure its not a 100% apples for apples, but I can save even more if I bundle services. I like DISH and I guess that's why I keep it, but its hard to pay more for the same service. My local cable company also does not charge me to maintain THEIR equipment. Only the cable from the maintenance box inside is my responsibility (and I can handle that.) Buy my own DVR's and my cable company will charge me $3.00 a month for the cable card. I could watch TV/DVR on my 2 TV's. Even share recordings on both. I like Dish.... maybe just time to move on.... No issues and no problems. But to save some cash, you really need to change providers every 2 years.