I don't know how the Cox equipment is where you are but in CT it is absolutely ATROCIOUS.. Their hardware is old and antiquated. Their "Whole home DVR" is the biggest snake oil scheme I've seen. With the little I know about the Hopper system I would still go with them with all things being equal. I don't have Dish because I like my cable bundle deal and I have an obstructed view, but seriously don't believe the cable company. If you really "do your homework" you'll find that cable is just as reliable as satellite is. I had more issues with Cox in my first MONTH of service than I had with DirecTV in over 3 years.
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