the good news
In fairness, Dish does has a good DVR system and a very good iPhone application that allows you to record individual shows or series remotely. This last remote feature is one of the best things Dish does to make off-site show recording easy. That is the good news.
We decided to go to Dish. They were wonderful. The install was fanstastic, everything was installed correctly. Even the install guy was nice and friendly (even though he had to go in some odd places in the house).
HD recievers work great
The equipment that Dish uses is very nice. Their dvr's work very well and have adequite storage space for programs. They have many HD channels and their HD recievers work great. If you have a problem with your reciever they are more than happy to provide techinical assistance or send you a new one.
more options in channels
We never had trouble. We even got the DVR since we were new customers. We liked them so much we signed up for the high speed internet with Dish as well, which has also been fantastic. Dish also had so many more options in chanels than other providers and offered better rates for packages.
extremely knowledgeable about Dish
I recently switched to Dish Network. It took almost a month to get an installation date, but I attribute that the change to digital TV in 2009. The installer that came to my house was from the East St. Louis area, working in Springfield to help the installers there complete all of their jobs. He brought a trainee with him that was also from East St. Louis. They were both very friendly and the main installer was extremely knowledgeable about Dish.