I normally lurk in the MBP forum but I had a few questions and wanted to get some outside opinions. I currently have uVerse. While the service is great, the price is not. I signed up for an introductory promotion and was paying around $120 for u300 and 12mbps internet. It was great. As soon as the promotion ended (6months) they charged me out the ass. I had a bill for $190. I called uVerse and expressed my concern. I asked for a similar promotion or a discounted rate seeing as how I paid on time every month and was told by the salesman an equal/similar promotion. They only offered me the basic retention policy discount which was some percentage I can't remember. I ended up dropping down to u200 and keeping the same internet speed. I still pay $170 a month. My 3 bedroom home electricity bill in the texas heat is cheaper than my uverse bill. I am not happy. I am looking into Direct TV and keeping uVerse internet. Direct TV seems to have great prices for their channel packages. As well as free NFL Sunday ticket for the first year. Now Direct TV does require a 2 year contract as well as a heft upgrade charge for HD DVR Receivers. And lastly, the dreaded bad weather aspect which I have never experienced. How is everyone's experience with bad weather (strong winds/strong rain) and Direct TV's service? Does anyone have any suggestions as to lowering my uVerse bill? Any other comments/criticism/suggestions will be much appreciated. Thanks. Martin.