I'm a person who likes to install everything myself. I ordered a Slimline dish ($90) and ran all of my cabling so that I could just get DirecTV up and going. I was at the part where I just needed to get a receiver and sign up for service. So, I go to my local Circuit City and try to get a receiver there, but I ended up not getting that and (long story short) signing up for DirecTV on the phone there in the store (call me an ass) (wasn't even in the market for a new TV for the $300 deal). Now the fun part (if you're still not laughing from above): I was able to sign up for a package that I was browsing online at the same price so all was well. I'm just getting one HD receiver (no DVR), which will equate to being no cost. Additionally, the CSR on the phone kind of scolded me for getting my own dish, because one would be provided when the installer comes. He advised me to "return the one you bought"..go buy something else. Kept insisting that I need not have an installer, because everything is all set up...but I lost that war. Besides everything, did I do something out of the normal? I had Echostar a few years ago, and was able to do everything myself....why is DirecTV so difficult for the self-installer? Also, would it be asking too much for the installer to use the dish that I purchased and already have aligned, and to just give me the dish he's bringing, so I can sell it off? I'm not getting the install until next weekend, so if I royally screwed up and there is a better way, I still have time to make the necessary arrangements. I'm not usually dumb with this stuff, but I think this time I've smashed that record.