Back in the days when dish/satelite programming was only being introduced, they used those big ass dishes that made you think it was possible to land a plane with and often people didnt' have to subscribe to a montly subscription based service and just point it to whichever direction to recieve the signal.. was this ever the case or were people messing with my head? Fast forward to 2000 and satelite service companies are popping on the map of programming, with a smaller dish and a montly subscritpion based service. _just_like_cable_. What's the fugging different between cable and satelite if I am forced to payf or a monthly fee ? aside from the quality of reception of coarse. So could someone explain to me why it is that we do have to pay for it montly? Are there services out there that don't charge for a montly fee? Thanks a heaps.