Its not that simple for eveyone. With having 4 of my DVR's owned, I can recoup some of the money if I need to go to another provider down the road because I have owned equipment that gets swapped for owned under the PP. I started with a HR20 and 2 D12's. Then when my markets locals launced I had a free upgrade to all MPEG 4 equipment. Later purchased some HR20's and R22's. Over time several of those were upgraded to HR24's. I have zero HR20's on my account and only 1 R22 now. To get a 15 tuner setup with Dish would cose me over $1,000 up front. For me I would rather not be under contract so I am free to leave when ever I chose and also have my owned equipment (investment) protected by paying for the protection plan.