We've had Directv for over 10 years now and love it
The only problems are the mentioned thunderstorms and, if you get one, have it mounted where you can reach up with a broom to brush the snow off easily; it doesn't take very much snow building up to knock it out
To avoid the weather problems AND have a better picture, you could always get a 10 foot mesh dish and decoder, but they are no where near as user friendly, they take up a lot more space, are a hasle to install and there is a problem finding them these days
In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.
We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.
---Winston Churchill (1903)