Why would you even waste your money on this? Tech support is 24x7x365 whether you have the protection plan or not. You don't get faster service calls or move to the head of any queues. Nor do you get any benefits PERIOD. Unless you constantly call for service, most CSRs will generally waive the service charge. I've been a customer since 2002 and have had maybe 3 - 5 service calls (dish realignments) in that time period. They have ALWAYS waived the service charge and done it for free including my dish upgrade. In fact, the last time I called for a dish realignment, the guy came out and basically spent 4 hours re-wiring my entire house and replacing the dish for free. $6/month is flushing your money down the toilet. Techs will replace cables & splitters & diplexers, etc. for free anyways.
real simple, owned recievers and dvrs get replaced by owned units if you have the protection plan. Prefer to always have owned recievers.
Not all people are lucky enough to get a truck roll cost waived or a defective lnb replaced for free. Given the new attittude towards discounts and gimmies the days of the free truck roll / replacement parts are numbers, no tech is going to replace a item out of their stock for free if they are not sure that it will be replaced in their inventory when they turn in the ticket.
You consider it flushing your money down the drain, personnally I don;t, but in the end it is each and ever end users decision. While they mave have "always" given it to you for free in the past you have zero certainity that they will "always" give it away free in the future unless you have a crystal ball that proves it differently. you are using to many generalized assumptions in your statement