Here is the resolution I came up with to watch India's Tests on both
Direct & Dish.
I got DirectTV (with HD-DVR if you care) and regular programming, and
will get the cricket series on PPV. (Email me at
rao(underscore)bharat(AT)yahoo(DOT)com if you want the price details,
but I will be checking only intermittently over holidays.) I managed
to get only a one year commitment.
As for DISH, I'm putting my Dish on "Dish Pause" which amounts to $10/
month +tax, and I can turn it back on when I need to get cricket PPV.
Only catch is that I'll also have to pay for a minimum of $20/mnth to
get basic programming plus whatever the PPV costs for the time cricket
comes on DISH -- or if it is on Zee TV, add Zee for $20/mnth as well.
Then (despite what they tell you) you can DISH Pause again.
This works fine as I'll get India's tour of Australia and Sri Lanka
(Jul-Aug) on Direct TV as PPV, and then will sign up onto DISH to get
PPV for the South African home series (Feb-Mar), the Zim tour won't
likely happen, Australia (Oct 08), England (Nov) and then back to
Basically, you get one of the two to get your regular programming, and
use the other one just for PPV.