Ironically, just as I bought a HDTV and a BlueRay player, I'm now canceling my DishNetwork subscription. It was an old standard definition box anyway, nearly 10 years old, but still going strong. I work a lot of hours many months out of the year so I really only have about 2 hours a night to devote to watching TV. Having Netflix and now all the other channels available via my Roku (and my BlueRay player which is capable of streaming stuff too), I find I just don't turn it over to the Dish much anymore. Heck, the one thing keeping me stuck on Dishnetwork was NASA-TV, which I've enjoyed since the mid-1980's, first via a big dish, then the little dish. But now that Roku has it as a free channel (and in HD too!) I can easily give up my subscription. I'm not a sports nut, so it is fairly easy for me. I know ESPN keeps a lot of people paying those high cable bills, but I watched my fill of college sports when I was in college and for a few years after. I can get OTA HDTV of all the major networks and PBS (and the 720p and 1080i being broadcast is beautiful), so I still have enough sports to watch if I feel the need.
Anyway, by cutting out my dish and killing my land line telephone service (I'm using a Nettalk Duo instead, which to my mind is better than MagicJack because it plugs directly into my router so my PC doesn't have to be on all the time), I can save almost $700 a year (and that is even figuring in AT&T charging me an extra $10 a month to get a 6.0 Mbps service instead of my 3.0 Mbps current service. I don't think I'll ever look back unless I get married again and my wife demands ESPN for her sports (the current girlfriend is a big football and basketball fan).
The only thing I miss to a small degree is Fox News, but I can get my relatively unfiltered news fix from the Internet just fine.
It is a "brave new world", and it is great that the old communication dinosaurs are no longer in the driver's seat.
What scares me the most now, is the FCC pushing ideas and an agenda that sound good on the surface, but could have terrible intended and unintended consequences for those of us putting most of our eggs in the Internet streaming basket. Time will tell.
Killing my Dish service was made easier by the games both Dishnetwork and Direct-TV play with their pricing where they give better deals to new customers than they do to their loyal ones. I think they will find the axiom that it is far easier to keep existing customers than finding new ones to be a true one, and they are being foolish in not offering existing customers the same deals they would for new customers.
Either one is a much better deal than the local cable franchise with their inflated prices (some friends of mine at work have cable bills of $140 and more per month). That is just plain crazy for freakin' TV.
I think their business model is broken, but they just don't want to face the music (similar to how the music industry felt about the Internet). To me, the future is providing "a la carte" channel choices, and letting the free market reign. I had that with my old 1984 vintage 12 foot dish. With my Roku I finally have MY choices again.