I’ve been pleased with DirecTV so switching to Dish would not be an easy choice. I’d enjoy to hear from more of you except for emotional fanboys.
I would say, since the base price is essentially the same, you would have to compare the differences between the two services and see what is most important to you.
More basic HD: advantage Dish, by a wide margin
More sports: advantage DirecTV, by a wide margin
HD premium channels: DirecTV
Picture quality: DirecTV edge slightly for HD, Dish edge for SD
3-D: No comparision. DirecTV. Even if you don't have a 3-D TV now, will you be getting one in the next 2 years?
Equipment and technology: subjective, but I would give DirecTV the edge based on the HR34 and whole-home DVR
If everything were equal (or nearly so) I would go with the provider which offered the lowest price. If you are out of contract with DirecTV (to avoid cancellation fees), I'm sure Dish would give you a great new customer offer which would save you a few bucks. Or you could call DirecTV and tell them you're switching and they will probably give you a pretty good discount as well. And even if you do switch, DirecTV will be bombarding your mailbox with "come back" offers.
If you find something you enjoy with DirecTV (sports, for example) that Dish is deficient in, then it makes no sense to switch, regardless of the price. Although I would still politely speak with DirecTV retention and ask them for a discount based on your considering Dish as an option.
Good luck making your decision.
Edited by jimbo56, 25 February 2012 - 10:30 PM.