I gave up my Dish Network subscription a few months ago because I was pretty much only interested in the NHL. So I ordered their streaming product for the season; unfortunately, they didn't mention that this season they would carry all playoff games on national stations, and so I couldn't get *any* playoff games through my subscription. So, now I'm looking at cable and satellite again. :(
I am wondering, besides the $5 credit on each bill, are there any other advantages of signing up through Sonic instead of directly through Directv? For example, if there's a problem with reception, is Sonic the first point of contact or is it Directv? I can't think of any other examples, but if you have any I'd love to know them.
My desires are really basic: I want the least expensive package that provides me the most playoff hockey in HD. In the interests of full disclosure, I am also looking at Dish, which has a package of HD-only channels with all the stations I want for $60/month (with a small discount for a 24-month commitment). The discounts with Directv seem better, but the non-promo prices are greater.