I live in a very small town in northern Mississippi, where one has to pay exhorbitant rates to the local cable company to get any packages worth viewing. I've been researching DBS satellite systems for the past few years. They seemed interesting, but I had heard horror stories about installs gone wrong and rain fade, so I just continued to pay and pay for cable - until my neighbor got a DirecTV system a few weeks ago. I went over and checked out his setup, and was impressed by the setup of the receivers and the variety of channels they were able to get on a small 18 inch dish. As luck would have it, a very severe thunderstorm struck up - and the video and reception stayed rock solid. Still very impressed, I Googled for more opinions on the service, and stumbled upon DBSTalk. After reading the forums, I settled on the Total Choice Premiere package with HD package, the AT-9 dish, the H20 HD receiver, and four standard D11 receivers, and I was going to keep the cable internet (the only reasonably priced offer from the company). Placed the order online Saturday, June 24, and was pleasantly surprised to have an install date of June 27. Prior to this, I'd have wait upwards of a week for the cable company. The installer arrived at 4 PM on Tuesday, and I don't know if he was just really dedicated to his job or what, but he worked for seven and a half hours to get the dish installed and mounted, lines run, and the receivers set up. He finally left at 11:30 PM. He even straightened out a wiring problem that the cable company introduced when running an extension for my cable modem - my speeds are better and the connection is rock solid! And it didn't cost me a penny. Anyway, I spent the next hour checking things out, and I feel that I did the right thing. My friends and neighbors who are still on cable love to come over and check out the channel lineup and variety. So, anyway, thanks to DBSTalk for helping me to decide. Here's hoping we get the Memphis HD locals soon as well.