I'm thinking of it in terms of the provider's cost. If you fire up multiple computers and launch a Netflix stream on each of them, the effect on bandwidth demand is cumulative. They have to build capacity for that and provision enough bandwidth from their backbone provider. The satellite signal is a broadcast containing every channel they offer (spot beams notwithstanding), reaches everyone at the same time, and it is a function of the receiver(s) to allow access to the channels subscribed to. The same signal hits your dish whether you're lighting up one or ten televisions. In my opinion, the charge for each additional television falls into the "because they can" category, not the "because there is extra cost to DirecTV" category, because I presume they continue charging additional outlet fees whether the receivers are owned or leased. I could probably come up with one or two more locations in my house where a small TV would be convenient on a very infrequent basis, but to pay $72-144 per year IN PERPETUITY to do so is absurd. Surely the programming providers don't charge DirecTV more per subscriber based on the number of outlets the subscribers have, do they? Then again I'm sure they'd love to.