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Here's a link to a thread that compares the D* and E* HD DVR's if that helps, http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=95242&highlight=622.

Yes, both companies now 'lease' their receivers which lowers the upfront charge. For D* you can still purchase receivers but IIRC the HD DVR is like $700 vs. the $199 upfront lease charge but either way you'll see pay the $4.99 lease/mirroring charge for all receivers past the first.

Both companies charge a DVR fee, D* is $5.99 and includes all DVR's on the account (fee wrapped into the month charge for any DVR package programming package), E* charges per DVR in the house.

D* doesn't have any receivers that allow you to indepentantly run two TV's, you need a receiver for each TV. E* does, the 2nd TV connects via coax back to the receiver. But AFAIK on the E* STB's, if you run the box in the 2TV mode you loose some functionality on TV1 and the TV2 connection isn't HD but SD only.

For the AT&T/E*/DSL bundling, you might want to see what current users of that feature say, at one time I now folks were unhappy since if E* came out with some special deals the AT&T bundle folks couldn't get them.

Hope that helps a bit.
 

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For DirecTV, you'll need to get the 5LNB dish in order to receive HD channels. Normally if you upgrade your STB's to HD they make that part of the install, so then the rest is just swap boxes. But you'll then be starting the commitment over again. A plus for the HR2X HD DVR's is that you can then use the Video on Demand feature and the Media Share feature (watch JPEG's and listen to MP3's from your computer). Unless they give you a R22 SD DVR (they've only have been supposed to be going to locations that get their SD locals via the Ka/MPEG4 satelites) the regular R15/R16 SD DVR's can't do that.
 
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