The new "dish free" stuff looks interesting, but I still want a hard drive in my local DVR. A month or two ago I set up my cousin's Xfinity cable modem and the Xfinitly box. The DVR, it's cloud based, and it's laggy at best. I want quick response not waiting for a signal to reach the cloud and respond. It did have one nice feature, on some show, not all, it would auto skip the commercials. I just use the 30 second skip on my DVRs and I'm pretty good at guessing how many time to press, but that was nice.
I have the protection plan but think I"m dropping it as it is of no value to me. I asked about the "free" upgrade but it comes with a commitment and I'm not about to commit at this point with so many other options out there. Was looking at upgrading to 4K but content is severely lacking on D, so no benefit from the protection plan upgrade there either.
The only thing really keeping me with D is the ease of use, all my HR24s work well as does my old HR20, no glitches, whole home is solid and the system responds quickly.