I just assisted a customer getting DirectTV and it wasn't a rental -- it was an outright purchase and could be taken to any new location. To my knowledge, they will still rent the equipment on a monthly charge. Because they make improvements, especially in the DVR storage capacity, I'd rather rent the equipment. I've had two boxes from Time Warner, actually the first HD DVR receiver available in Orange County which has since been replaced. It was another attempt to solve the signal problems but I'm calling them today to resolve that. I might end up with Direct except in stormy weather (which we haven't had in our drought plagued Southern California this last year!) when there is intermittent dropout.