OK, maybe I shouldn't have started this. But my main thought (although unspoken) was that D* is giving away a movie of very low desirability, if Metacritic is any judge of that.
Why couldn't D* have made such an offer for a really good, widely desired movie? (My belief: because they'll make big bucks on any good movie, and won't lose much by giving away a movie few would've bought anyway.) So, thanks for nothing, D*.
You seem to really be having a hard time letting this sink in. What is undesirable to you, may be desirable to someone else. What is desirable to you, may be undesirable to others.
On top of that...your idea of film success is narrow. Different people measure success differently. While you may point to low ratings and reviews for Couples Retreat, the movie did very well financially. It had a budget of $60 million and so far has made more than $168 million. Plenty of people bought tickets to the film, bought the DVD, and bought the Blu-ray. Michael Bay believes Transformers 2 is a highly successful film. It was critically panned, but it had a budget of $200 million and made more than $835 million.
Stop worrying about whether or not you think the movie offered in this deal from DirecTV was good. DirecTV made their own decision.