Direct TV reception is poor in our area of southern VA and we have a clear view to the satellite. We lose reception during all storms regardless how thick the clouds are.
We have also lost reception during clear weather. The HD channel selection is not great and the clarity of the picture for some channels is poor. What you get for the price of the HD reciever and reception is not great. Tried to terminate service and they said it would cost $400.
When compared to COMCAST in MD, there is no comparison.
COMCAST is significantly better. My advise - don't walk, run away before you contract with DIRECT TV!