These companies are, or are subsidiaries of, large insurance and investment type corporations and you'll find similar listings ranging from Staples warranty program to the bankrupt Circuit City warranty and maintenance program. So Dish is reinsuring its risk which means that the $6 a month gets spread around the profit and loss statements of some profitable corporations.
DISH Network L.L.C., formerly Echostar Satellite L.L.C. ( “DISH Network”), 9601 S. Meridian Blvd., Englewood, CO 80112, 1-800-333-DISH (3474), is the obligor (“Obligor”) of this Service Plan service contract (“Plan”) in all states except as follows. In Alabama, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont , Virginia and Wyoming, Federal Warranty Service Corporation, P.O Box 105689, Atlanta, GA 30348-5689, is the Obligor of the Plan. In California, the Obligor of this Plan is Sureway, Inc., P.O Box 105689, Atlanta, GA 30348-5689. In Florida, the Obligor of this Plan is American Bankers Insurance Company of Florida (for Plans written prior to November 1, 2007) and United Service Protection, Inc. (for Plans written on or after November 1, 2007). In all states, DISH Network is the administrator of this Plan. The service performed under this Plan is provided through DISH Network.
My problem with Dish doing that is that unlike Circuit City or Staples, Dish is maintaining only Echostar products and its own installations. It really shouldn't need to reinsure its own work IMHO. And it isn't like when you lease a car through a dealer using a leasing company, all somewhat removed from Ford. I can't separate my ongoing usage of the equipment from a direct service connection to Dish Network with one exception, I can get distant locals from another provider.