Step 1 of my HT Utopia right now is to upgrade to a satelite sytem. (Step 2 is a new DVD player or recorder and step 3 is my new HDTV in about 2 months ) Right now I have digital cable, and I've been planning to switch to a satelite system for a while now. DirecTV and Dish Network are both offering some similar 3-room starter packages. I want to get 1 DVR and 2 normal boxes. DTV has it for $99, Dish has it for $49 but they refund it on your first bill so it's like it's free. Getting the "everything" programming package is I think $87 for DTV and $75 for Dish, I'm still leaning toward directv though even though it's more money, and I guess it's mostly because of it being "name brand" and basically what all the stores around here carry. So, are there any other differences between the 2? Saving over $144 a year seems pretty nice for Dish. Do they all have the same channels? I'm planning to get a HDTV soon, so I will be upgrading to that when the time comes. Does Dish have Tivo, or is it their own service? Does it even matter? My DVR receiver will be in the TV room, but when I get the big HDTV that'll be going in the big living room, so will I be able to move the DVR box to somewhere else in the house and basically just swap the boxes? Do they have any HDTV receivers with Tivo built in? And can I record saved programs onto a VHS tape or even better with a DVD recorder if I ever get one? Or even on my PC that has a DVDR drive? Will the quality be any good? Can I crack open the DVR and swap the hard drive with a bigger one that's like 250 gigs, or would that destroy it (I can build a PC from scratch so I'd know what I'm doing for the most part)? The main reason for this upgrade is my "digital" cable box can't even do s-video or optical audio, and that's at least what I want, to go with the rest of my system and get 5.1 audio for movies and stuff. My cable company says the only way for me to get that is to subscribe to their HDTV package but it's kind of limited and not even that good (a friend has it). So, any advice for someone about to get into satelite TV?