I have the VuCube and find it acceptable in performance and ease of operation. If it was stolen would I replace it with one that tracks the satelite automatically, maybe? It takes from 1 to 10 minutes to find the satelite. After using a free standing dish it is a breeze to operate. The only drawback is the remote control. It can have issues working inside the aluminum trailer. I usually go outside to program just because it is easier. I know all connections are made thru the cable for the VuCube I don't know if that is the case for the Winegard.
As for service, Dish vs Direct TV. I use Direct TV even tho I can't get HD. I just don't care for Dish the few times I've used it.