Further more Harsh, here is a list of things I wrote for each provider when someone was deciding on who to go with or better yet who not to go with. I tried to post what I knew and or heard were problems for both. While I carry DirecTV, I do not claim they are perfect either. See below. I am sure there are things on both sides I missed.
If you want to lose channels for periods of time due to contract disputes, not have Sunday Ticket, not have MLB Xtra Innings, not have Mega March Madness, not have other missing HD sports channels, have receivers shut off if you dont keep a phone plugged into them, dont mind the website having information outdated by 5+ years, don't mind the CSR's not being able to answer questions until you have active service with Dish, then DISH is the provider for you. You should sign up today.
If you want to have slower equipment, no sling box, less storage space on the top HD DVR, not have your commercials removed from prime time recordins automatically, not be able to have one receiver control 2 TV's, be restricted to one top level HD DVR on the account, pay and HD fee for life, get incorrectly billed with a hassle getting it removed, lack of premium movie channals available then DirecTV is the provider for you. You should sign up with them today.
I had a good laugh, but most of this is pure exaggeration. I did tons and tons of research last week when deciding whether to go with Dish or Direct, and very few of these things you list are huge deals. Some of these no longer apply, like the dish receiver phone line thing. They didn't even do that when I last had Dish years ago.
The reality is that both Dish and Direct are very, very good services in their present state. It was a much easier choice years ago because the differences were more stark.
For me, it came down to the Hopper/Joey setup being a bit more mature and snappier than the Genie. Also, I liked Dish's iPad 2 offer over the free season of NFL Sunday Ticket (THAT was a really, really tough call as well!). The fact is, I saw everything else being largely equivalent. It is a far different story than it was years ago, when DirecTV's HD picture quality was embarrassingly bad. They certainly turned that around, though. Honestly, at the end of the day I would have been delighted with either service compared to the Charter TV I had been paying for for the last 4-5 years.
The fanboyism and trolling is honestly ridiculous. As somebody who had to deal with both the Dish 7100 (or whatever their first god awful DVR was), and DirecTV's flaky as hell first gen HD boxes (yes, I was a customer of theirs back then as well!), it's almost like everyone has forgotten how far both services have come.
Anyway, rant over. Enjoy your TV this weekend, gentlemen, especially if you're supposed to get rain all weekend like I am!