Lately I have been getting increasingly more and more fed up with my cable TV service. The rates keep going up and up, and the service is not getting any better. I also hate the fact that the cable company has a monopoly in each town they are contracted with. We just got in the mail a notice stating the rates were going up yet again. So I am now seriously considering either Direct TV or Dish Network. All I really want is the basic 100 channels or so, I don't care about premium channels, etc. I plan to keep my cable internet, because DSL is not available in my town. I have heard that the weather can adversely affect reception. is this true? What other hidden fees/taxes are there beyond the rates quoted online? Do you also need to have a land line telephone to hook up to the reciever? I don't have one. We use cell phones primarily, Though I do have a Vonage phone service that uses my cable internet modem to get to the outside world. Any thoughts would be appreciated.