Best thing I've ever bought. I got an extra dish and receiver to put on the boat.
It's cost and extra $5.00 a month but I turn off that receiver in the winter.
Only time I've had a problem is when the snow packs on the dish in big storms but never have a problem any other time.
I got a dish a long time ago. I loose the signal at least twice a day, when I push the "info" button, I get a "retreiving information form satellite. Please stand by..."
this message stays on the screen for almost a minute while I am missing the movie at the same time. I think it may be because the equipment is so old. We had an extra receiver for free for one year, but after the year was up the cost of the 2nd receiver was billed to us for a full year at a time. It was like $120.00 or so. I now only get HBO from the dish and use cable for the rest. Last time I checked, digital cable is about the same as the dish.
One other thing, to watch the adult programming, you have to hook your phone line to the receiver. WTF?! My dish has been nothing but a hassle since we bought it and I am canceling it this week!
In my opinion, a dish is great if you can't get cable.
just my .02