I am at such a loss on what I am going to do. I have been looking at the Hopper ever since CES and it is starting to look real interesting. I have been a DTV customer for 10 years and have been off contract for 4-5 years. I was thinking of the HR44, but not sure I can wait, the Hopper does look pretty nice (and we record 70% of our stuff from local channels).
Anyway, I called to cancel, and they offered me Genie+C31 for $49 plus $20 off my bill for the next year. To me, getting a HR34, with the HR44 around the corner seems like a waste, and the some of the concepts of the hopper are pretty neat. The Dish interface, however, kind of rubs me the right way.
I am not fishing here, I really am at a standstill (I called Direct tv to really cancel, or at least have them try and make me pay $300 for the Genie, in which case I would have had no problem going to Dish)....
I guess the Hopper is for some people. I like having 5 tuners at my discretion and not someone elses. Not to mention isnt there a cap on how long the local channels recordings are available as well? Seems like a waste of a 2TB drive if they are gonna limit those local recordings. The HR44 is not going to be that much different to justify not get a HR34. In no way shape or form would I jump ship. What else would you gain? Are there HD channels Dish has that you want or would you save money? If so great. If not, you might reconsider.