I have to admit (and please, don't hit me) that the fee is a little surprising; I had hoped that it would be included at no additional cost. I understand the "maintenance" aspect of it, but Directv already activates and maintains software on every receiver so I don't see how this additional feature requires a separate fee and maintenance. On Demand didn't require a fee but I'm sure it requires very specific programming, as well.
the only part that kills me is, this will open the door to all new functionality being a charged fee. IMO, if you are already paying for the top tier package, why should you be nickled and dimed to death?
but, it is what it is . . . . and i for one won't pay an extra penny for it; just on principle. my bill (not counting mirror/lease fees) is already pay $141 per month (HD, premeir, protection plan, setanta). and it would be $6 more if i wasn't grandfathered into the bundled DVR service.
IMO, to charge someone like me is nuts, but it is their right to ask for it. i will just take a pass and say "no thanks"