I really thought I would know what to get when I finally got a house. The time is coming in June, and after reading this board for a while, I am on the fence. The eternal question? Dish or DirecTV? Don't need any sports channels, HDTV, or PPV, so the programming costs about the same. Can't get any networks, so that's out. The hardware: Dish 301 for free with free installation from Allsat.com vs. the DirecTV for pickup at Walmart for $49--a wash really. Quality of picture? One brother has DirecTv, the other Dish, neither has any quality equipment to make an informed decision. Can someone give me a clue? Thanks for any help. Bob.