Ditto. My sister had U-Verse before she moved and now has Charter. I don't care for either of the DVR's. Charter Internet service, though, is really, really good - lightning fast! I use Magic Jack phone service, which simply plugs into my Charter Internet router/switch and gives me OK performance for $20/year. It's not something I'd use for business, but it almost never goes down now that I've worked out a modem issue I was having with Charter.
The Dish Hopper lets me record up to 7 HD programs at the same time, including one OTA tuner that is a USB device that plugs into the back. Another nice feature of the Dish receivers is the ability to add an external USB hard drive. You can move programs to and from this device for archiving, and you have access to both the internal Hopper drive and the external USB drive at the same time, with a few clicks of the remote. For those rare instances when I want to save OTA programs (or simply make sure I don't miss something because of the endless fee fights that these huge companies get into), I have a Hauppauge dual OTA tuner in my computer, which lets me record two OTA shows to the hard drive of my PC. The Hopper's PrimeTime Anytime feature records local ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox broadcasts using a single tuner (one of 4 if you count the USB OTA tuner). I was afraid PrimeTime Anytime might reduce the quality of the local broadcasts, but that hasn't been a problem. They look about the same to me as when I record them using a regular Hopper tuner.
With the Hopper and the computer OTA tuners, it's very unlikely I'll miss local programming.
I also don't want to start a "My provider is better than your provider" war, but sometimes it's hard to sift through the marketing hype these companies lay on us. I thought I'd add my take on why I like Dish TV (with OTA)/Charter Internet/Magic Jack so much. YMMV.