Matt, from my perspective and my viewing choices, I see D* and E* as two sides of the same coin. I've said many times that one is not a clear choice over the other.
If I were an ardent sports fan I would be with D* regardless of other considerations. But I'm not, so I can and do switch when I feel it is in my financial best interest.
Right now I both love and hate the Hopper. It does so many things well and does them all very quickly. But someone found a bargain bin of icons and used them in places a list would be much better. I find them irritating.
Here's a funny story.
When I had switched to Dish a few years back, I got weekly emails from D* to 'come back'. So I finally did, yet those same emails kept right on coming as well as a few direct mails for the same thing. They never stopped even while I had already 'came back'. Now that I've switched back to E*, I now get 2 emails a week!