We’ve been with Direct for about 12 years now. I am not a “power” subscriber by any means. I own one (since day one) SD receiver and have a Direct-owned SD DVR. I’m under an obsolete channel lineup. For our use, about the only channels that are viewed in our home are the local networks, home improvement channels (230 – 231) and the kid channels 300, 301, etc. Everything else is either not available or of no value. We pay about $46/month. I don’t have any premium/movie channels or sports packages, which diminishes Direct’s advantage. I’m looking to add as much HD channels as possible but not exceed ~ $50/month. Since Direct does not regard me as a new customer, making these service and equipment upgrades would blow my budget. Since an upgrade to HD would involve new equipment, I’m considering changing to Dish. Given what I am looking for (the most HD channels for my price range, no premium/movie channels or sports packages, two receivers w/ one HD DVR), it looks like Dish would be the prudent choice at least for the first year. Two questions: I’ve read elsewhere that many subscribers simply swap between Direct and Dish at the end of their respective, two year contracts. When they do this, does each provider (Direct and Dish) wipe the slate clean and regard them as a new subscriber again or is it a once in a lifetime offer? Any chance of getting new subscriber rates from Direct? For our needs, both Direct and Dish offerings are quite similar. Quality and service are debatable among users so for me, it boils down to price which means Dish, unless Direct can offer something along the lines of what a new subscriber would receive. Thoughts? Thanks.