Over all, DirecTV is good, but you have to very carefully read the fine print. You will get a free HD receiver upgrade, but you will still have to pay the $10 a month HD access fee, over and above the price of your package. There is no free HD DVR, it's a SD DVR that is offered in the free upgrade, but you'll still have to pay the $6 per month DVR fee, over and above your package plan. The offer is an either/or thing, you can't get both for free. Picture quality is great, but there are some gaping holes in the DirecTV HD lineup. Some major national networks are missing. The Travel Channel, AMC, most of the HBO networks, as well as several others are not on DirecTV. If you have a must have HD channels list, make sure DirecTV has what you want. I've always had great service from DirecTV, much better than with Comcast. As long as you line of site to the satellites, (a clear view of the southern sky, as DirecTV puts it.) and you get a good installer that lines up your dish well, you should get great reception.