eSATA is nothing like external support on the DISH receivers. DISH allows you to move the drive relatively freely between HD DVRs and it doesn't wipe your scheduling preferences to swap and/or add new drives as often as you want. Which is why I said "may". Better to give likely scenario versus best case scenario. I asked about the AAA discount and referral bonus program not too long ago and was told that they were not available outside of the direct sales channel. I'll ask again. The DIRECTV website says the following: The AAA website says the following: A relatively small sample of a very small subset of the population. In the context of someone coming from elsewhere, the perspectives of a longtime DIRECTV subscriber may not be any more valuable than someone with alternative experience.