Hi, I've been a long-time cable subscriber, and I'm very disappointed with the HD programming. I've got an HD front-projection system (120") setup, and SD programming is ... enough said. Well, I'm moving to a new place tomorrow, and I need to schedule installation for whatever services I want, soon. I'm located in an area where Comcast is the cable provider (and I will likely go with them for internet, I can only get 8mbit/s with ADSL2, and the difference in latency isn't worth the 100/month difference in price!) Well, my balcony faces south (supposedly); tomorrow I'll be going to take photos of the "view" from it, to hopefully assist. That said, I'm very interested in DirecTV due to the much larger # of HD channels. I've read a fair amount on AVS Forum, and saw a link to here - so here I am. Now, as to my questions for those who feel like humoring a newbie. #1 - How much am I looking at to get DirecTV, including equipment costs, installed. I'm willing to do self-installation if it's an option that makes sense, I'm quite sound when it comes to operating power tools, and cabling isn't much of a problem either. That said, if the professionals do a great job for a decent price, I'm willing to go that route too. #2 - How can I actually *know* I can get DirecTV based on location? If I order DirecTV, and for whatever reason it won't work, is it going to be a big deal? Is there some way I can check ahead of time instead of wasting time/money? Or - is it better to pay for professional installation - and let them figure it out? #3 - What are the contract terms? I'm likely only at my new place for a year, I don't want to be stuck in a 10 year contract. #4 - Well, I can't think of a #4. I'm sure I will come up with more questions, but these are the most important I need to deal with before I even place an order. I get my keys tomorrow, so I'll snap the photos and come back to this thread and post them (assuming I don't muck up and forget!) To help, here's a google map of my location: [Tried posting Google Map URL, but was told I have to have 5 posts first.] Look for 391 17th Street, Atlanta, GA 30363 - if so inclined. I'm told my apartment faces south. I've not actually seen *my* unit, so I'm not sure if this is absolutely accurate or not, again - I'll know more tomorrow. It may or may not. With DTV, am I looking for SW, S, SE? I've read SW in a few places, but just want to verify before throwing money away. Thank you for all of your help (in advance) and my apologies for not having all the information up front. I just want to figure out the basics, so tomorrow when I go visit, I can get the proper information - and hopefully make an order in the near future. Cheers, David PS - I've figured out a #4. Telephone line! Is it necessary? If I provide network connectivity to the HD-DVR, does it still need a dial-up line? I've not had a land line in 7 years, and have no intention of going back.