I have been shopping both services the last couple of weeks and basically have been put off by the high price of entry. Do I really have to spend ~$1000 to get started?. The cheapest DirecTV receiver I have seen is a Hughes model over at Best buy for $499. When you add the cost of the elliptical dish the price becomes real hard to swallow. Has anyone else had better luck price-wise?. Does anyone know of any special deals currently available on equipment?. Michael.