Dish Network recently caused a stir by offering free HD for life. Of course the deal does come with some strings attached – two strings to be precise.

  1. You must sign up for auto bill pay.
  2. You must sign up for paperless billing.

Personally, I don’t have an issue with either one of these. First, as a highly budget conscious individual, I always try to pay my bills on time. Autopay makes this so much easier. Second, I personally don’t like receiving paper bills. I would rather have them emailed and/or stored online where I can log in and see them anytime, anywhere.

For those that are not too keen on one or both of these strings, they can still get HD for life after paying a one time fee of $99.

To counter Dish Network’s offer, DIRECTV quickly announced they were offering free HD for life to new customers. (Current customers can call in to the customer retention department and get 2 years of free HD service.)

DIRECTV also requires auto bill pay, but does not require paperless billing. I don’t believe there is any type of one time fee to choose not to use auto bill pay to get this offer.

DIRECTV’s offer of free HD for life to new customers expires July 21, 2010. I’m not sure what they plan to do after this day, so if you want to take advantage of this offer, you probably ought to hurry and make up your mind.

Fore more information on HD offerings from Dish Network and DIRECTV, see Direct-vs-dish.com.