First off let me say, I realize there are other "d* vs e*" threads out there, and I'm not trying to recreate any of them, (nor am I trying to start a war between the members of the Church of d* and the Church of e*). Rather I am hoping people who have each service can confirm or deny my thinking based off the research I've done, and cue me in if I've failed to consider something. So here's my situation: I've been a CATV subscriber for years, so no matter which service I go to, it'll be an upgrade. Regardless of which service I pick I'll likely be looking at the ~200 channel packages (ChoiceXtra for DirecTV, or the silver package for Dish) I have both HDTV and SDTV (2 of each). I want a good DVR with multi-tunner capability I'm not a huge sports nut. I enjoy college sports, but generally don't see a need for any premium sports channels I like getting movies, but wont likely subscribe to premiums such as HBO,Cinemax, etc. If possible, Id really prefer to only have one dish. So, now on to my analysis- please confirm or deny my thoughts. 1) It appears that DISH has the most channels (HD and SD) given the fact that Im looking in the ~200 channel range. Source: DishComparison dot com 2) Non Promo Pricing: Dish: Silver=$48, HD=$10, Locals+DVR=$10 => $68/mo + any extra receiver fee DirecTV: ChoiceXtra+HD=$70, DVR=$5 => $75/mo + extra receiver fee *Since I'm thinking 2HD+2SD, I believe I could do 2 receivers with Dish, and need 4 with DirecTV? resulting in higher fees for receiver lease through DirecTV? 3) Am I correct in saying that only DirecTV can do single sat and still get HD and locals? 4) The consensus seems to be that Dish customer service is $#!^. 5) DirecTV has neat apps like weather, etc. 6) The DVR interface on Dish is better (so I've herd - dont know first hand) 7) With DISH I could bump up to the 250+ channel package for just $10 more, and get stars free in the process - to bump up to the next package in DirecTV is like $45 more, and still no Stars. So my delima: Go DirecTV and only need 1 dish, get good customer service, and slightly better HD quality, but pay for 4 receivers, plus about $12/mo more in base service or Go with Dish, and save a couple hundred dollars/year but require 2 dishes, and give up good customer service, etc. What am I missing, are there any money saving tips I'm overlooking (not counting introductory pricing). I think I would prefer going with DirecTV if it wasn't for the fact that it looks like it will end up costing me quite a bit more for what I want. Feedback and suggestions are appreciated. No flame-war please!