Profit divided by months divided by subscribers. For 2Q 12* that would be $226 million divided by 14.06 million divided by 3. $5.35 per month per subscriber. (3Q 12 was the only quarter DISH posted a loss since 2003, so I skipped that for the math. 2010 was a abnormal year, but the averages for 2009 $5.81, 2008 $3.76, 2007 $5.50, 2006 $4.57, 2005 $3.87 - DISH does not make much on a per month per subscriber basis.) Totaling up what it would cost YOU to have DISH for two years does not reflect what it would cost DISH to have you for two years. Take away the average cost of having customers (running the company, paying the channel providers, etc) and there is not a lot of margin.