I've been with DirecTV since 1996, but I'm thinking it's time for a change. I'm under contract until December, 2013 but I'll pay the ETF if it's worth it. I had been playing the game of calling in to get credits in order to lower my bill, but DirecTV is now cracking down on that, and as a result my monthly bill has increased considerably over the past 12 months as various credits have expired and prices have increased. I want to see if taking advantage of new customer pricing will have a significant advantage if I drop DirecTV and move to Dish. I realize that each service has its pluses and minuses, but at this point cost is becoming more of a concern than anything else. Here's what I have now, and I would like to retain the equivalent capability if moving to Dish: -4 HD DVRs (1 x HR20, 2 x HR22, 1 x HR24), including one (HR22) being used with a SD TV -HD programming -DVR service -Whole Home service -TOTAL CHOICE programming package My current monthly bill is $110.87 before the credits that I have still remaining are applied. As credits have expired and prices have increased over the last 12 months, my bill has increased by more than 38% for the exact same service. Obviously, I'm hoping to take advantage of "new customer" pricing to save some money. I realize that most (if not all) of the new customer pricing is only good for the first 12 months of a 24 month contract. I've looked at the Dish website to get some idea of what's available to new customers, but much of the available technology is different than what I have now, and it's not clear what the charges are for extra stuff. -Is there a monthly charge for DVRs? HD DVRs? If so, how much? -Is there a monthly charge for the Dish Whole Home service? If so, how much? -The Dish website says that new customers "may" be eligible for free HD for life. How does a new customer qualify for this? -Will I pay upfront equipment costs as a new Dish customer? If so, how much? Thanks to anyone who can provide information, even if it's just directing me to an existing thread.