We started getting Direct Tv service about four years ago and for the most part have been very happy with it. One reson we decided to switch from cable was the unbelievable number of channels that you get with the satellite. There is always something to watch at any given time. Also the price difference was not really a factor as cable and direct tv are about the same price. The dish is installed on our roof, so one down side is that when there is a lot of rain or snow, it can mess with the signal and reception. Honestly though, there have only been a handful of times when that effected us and it was during major storms. When we signed up with direct tv, we did not get the dvr option, which I regret now. Since we've had our service for four years, our dish is not the latest model. We would have to have them install a different dish and run another cable to our tv. This would enable us to record one show while watching another. I did have the technicians come out one day to do this and they wanted to drill through the siding of the house to run the cable in. I felt annoyed about that especially since with a bit more effort, they could have connected from our basement fairly easily as our ceiling tile had been removed in preparation for new tile to be installed. I might try again and hope for different technicians!