It depends on the deal for the reciever. If a reciever costs $249 and they give it to your free and charge you $10/month, in 25 months you would have it paid for and you would be worse off under this deal (at 50 customer). If you pay $5/month (AT100) then it would take 50 months... over 4 years, you probably come out ahead on this because of the time value of money (you got the $$ in your pocket and give to dish slowly). You come out way ahead if you are AEP customer and pay $0. If you have AEP a couple years then drop down you still are ahead. IF you get the 921 for $750 instead of $999 the above applys too. Now if they are going to charge $999 for the 921 that will make a lot of people upset since they expected to pay $999 and no fee.