Over all I've been real happy with my dish network. Had an equipment failure once. Called customer service, they were going to charge me for a service call and replacement equipment. I told them if they wanted to keep me as a customer they will do it for free because I can call and have digital cable installed for free tomorrow. Worked like a charm.
The only things I don't like about it are the fade when it's storming, because that's when there's nothing else to do but watch TV. The other thing is my picture in picture doesn't work for power surfing.
The other plus with sat is that you can take it with you. I have a second dish and box down at the lake. Pop in the smart card and wa la! Gives you something to do if it rains and you can't boat.