Well, after bemoaning the incredibly bad experience I had with the cable company's Optimum TV 'DVR +" I am happy to announce that I'm back with DirecTV. The installer had to make a 1½ hour drive from Manhattan on the afternoon of New Year's Eve because he said there is a dire shortage of qualified installers in CT. The guy was great. He originally wanted to put the dish on the side of the house but actually listened to me when I suggested it'd be better on the roof. Once he took some sightings he agreed and got to work. He did the neatest install I've ever seen. Tight wiring secured every foot. Even the rain loops were the same size! He took down some of the old cable runs and cleaned up the ones that had useable RG6. Fast, efficient, neat and didn't talk to me as though I were a moron. Easily the best installer experience I've ever had. He earned his tip. I'm getting nothing below 92 on any transponder. Most of them are showing 98, 99 even 100%. The best signal I've ever seen. The HR34 is SWEEEEEET! It is so much faster than my old HR22-100, and even that was a pleasure to use compared to the Cablevision system. It may sound like a cheesy commercial, but everything is better with DTV. Picture, sound, responsiveness to pause, rewind, ff, all infinitely better than that cable nightmare, and now I've got 8 times the storage! I honestly don't know how the cable guys stay in business. I explored the HR34's features for a while and then settled down to actually watching TV.bAfter a while I hit the pause button and it actually paused! No black screen telling me that I had 15 minutes of pause time. No painful lag time between pause and resume or rewind. It just worked as someone in 2011/12 would expect it to. I realized then that I was not just happy to have DirecTV back, I was actually relieved.