You`re right, I am guessing. But the fact that I am involved in a company that also produces electronic equipment, which uses some of the same types of components, gives me a general idea of manufacturing costs, in MY opinion. Do you think D* would lease out a box for $99-$199, when it costs them in the mid $400 range to manufacture? No way they will lose money on equipment that costs them that much, and shoot for making it up in programming. If that was the case, it would cost us more than that to lease these boxes upfront, and\or per month. No company will lose money, or break even on ANY product they put out, period! I have no need for new equipment now. Maybe in the future, but I never complained about the costs, or termination fees. While I don`t agree with an increase, it wouldn`t be a deal breaker for me either.