New Shaw Direct customer, first time satellite user, Vancouver Island.
I'm generally satisfied. I'm using the 830 with one tuner due to the fact that the self install kit only comes with 2 40ft lengths of cable and the dish needs to be 90ft away, thankfully the kit included joiners. I'm getting 90 signal in brutal rainstorms so that seems good. Dish was very easy to setup and find a signal. The PVR software works very well and makes having only one tuner operating acceptable until I buy a 20$ 100ft cable for the second tuner, because as long as I have something previously recorded I can carry right on recording something else for later. It is also nice to be able to filter out all the adult stuff including the obnoxious titles.
On a somewhat unrelated note, it boggles my mind after seeing the massive bandwidth being used to broadcast redundant content, and content that very few people subscribe to, that there is no offering for one-way internet, using LTE or whatever as the return pipe. It seems to me that Shaw could earn some money here taking business away from Rogers/Telus DATA users. Perhaps if Health Canada actually was looking out for Canadians in regards to microwave poisoning (which they are most certainly NOT!) one-way satellite internet could live again.