I share a home with my oldest son, daughter in-law and three grandxons. We have a total of seven TV's. I had switched to Dish from Time Warner Cable (while retaining Time Warner for phone and internet), hoping to save money and avoid the problems inherent with CableCards and switched digital adapters on my three existing HD TiVo boxes. The TiVo boxes were then dedicated to OTA recording via outdoor antenna. My Dish subscription was to the America's Top 250 package, and I signed up for two Hoppers and 4 Joeys. All seemed well, except my oldest grandson complained about the connection for his Joey.
Once the initial period was over, my subscription jumped to $135 a month due to the rental of the six boxes.I was now paying about $250 a month for the three services. Time Warner came out with a buyback offer that would save me roughly $70 a month for a year, after which I could negotiate pricing. It meant going back to CableCards on my HD TiVo boxes, plus a free Time Warner HD DVR for six months. I made the plunge, discovering that I had to return the Dish LNB, switch, the Hoppers and Joeys to Dish rather than the installing dealer, at a cost of $17 per box that Dish would send to me. It wound up being two boxes that I had to pack with the Dish hardware. They provided UPS return labels so it was just a matter of getting everything in the two boxes, adding a bit of padding that I felt was needed and dropping the boxes off at the local UPS store.
Did I leave Dish because I was dissatisfied with their service? Nope. I would have stayed but for the cost of the DVR's and the lack of high speed internet availability (only DSL was available).
So, now I'm back with Time Warner as my sole provider. I promptly blew much of my savings on a TiVo Roamio Plus box, which is a great DVR, along with two TiVo Minis which work with the Roamio via MOCa network. Two of my HD TiVo boxes installed seamlessly, tut the third (a TiVo Premiere) is havving difficulties in establishing a good combination of CableCard and switched digital adapter, still a work in progress after over a month of trial and error "fixes". Win a few, lose a few.