I think Direct TV wanted them to pay something like a penny a month per subscriber. Sounds trivial, but adds up, of course. Direct wouldn't come to terms with the Pac 12 network, either. And their DVR system is inferior to Dish. I've had Dish for years, and it just keeps getting better.
If anyone wants to jump ship to Dish, email me first- as a current subscriber, if I move you to Dish, we BOTH get $50. If you just sign up on your own, you get nothing. email me at mmittge at compprime dot com.