I'm ready to look into switching to DirecTV but first, wanted to check with experts. If this is the wrong fourm feel free to move... My cable company keeps increasing fees. I moved 8 miles last month and my EXACT same cable package is $9 more. Why? Oh, masked nonsense from the cable company. I have an analog converter in one room to get HBO and they said I needed digital in all rooms - of course the digital boxes are $4.95 month. They also got me with the dreaded "additional outlet" charge of $2 per outlet. They charge me for 3 outlets even though I have a structured wiring system with cable in EVERY room in the house! This is an additional $4 month. (I didn't used to pay for additional outlets because I signed on with a promotion years ago.) I called, bitched, and couldn't get them to budge at all. The digital channels that used to be free are now $2.95 month. There is another tier of digital channels (30 or so) thats another $6.95 month. These are all the same channels that come standard on DirecTV. Utter monopolistic bullshit. They say HBO/Cinemax is $14.95/month. What they don't tell you is to GET THE CHANNELS you need a $5/month converter box rental (FOR ONE ROOM). Aaaagh....sorry. Anyhow, I'm ready to switch and would like to know the following: 1. If I get DirecTV, how can I work that into my existing structured wiring setup? Each room is home run to the basement where they connect to a distro block. The main cable feed plugs into that box. 2. Is DirecTV good or does it suck? Never saw it. 3. What about HDTV? The standard 3 room package isn't for HD I'm sure. Is there an HD deal out there? 4. Would a dude come out and hook it up or do I have to get my butt up on a ladder? Thats it for now. I'll add more if anyone joins in. Thanks.