The obsession people have to being "out of contract". comes from many sources.
1. An expected and not for the better change in income in the indefinite future.
2. Planning a move and afraid the new location will not be able to get satellite TV.
3. Barely scraping by financially now.
4. Planning for retirement, not exactly sure when.
5. You feel that no commitment gives you an edge when you call DirecTV for anything.
6. Retiring soon, similar to #4 but you know when.
7. No other commitments, Including cell phone contract.
8. Everything is paid off, Including mortgage, credit card debt and you don't want obligations any longer.
Those are off of the top of my head.
I personally do not want an obligation as I see things coming that may make me want to change providers. Since I could be happy with a Hopper or a HR34 or Cable with a 4 tuner cablecard in my computer to use it as a DVR, I want to keep my options open.
That is one reason I have Basic Cable and Satellite TV as well as one backs up the other and I can DVR locals off of the cable feed.
It's nice that you are happy and nothing will ever make you change providers.
My comments here will probably make me "unpopular" (again).
I don't understand the obsession people have to being "out of contract".
I've been with D* for several years and could care less whether I'm "in contract" or "out of contract".....since I want D*'s services, have no desire in any of my wildest dreams to switch to Dish or a variety of local, available cable TV carriers, and am not interested in "cutting the cord" (I supplement my Premier Package with Netflix)......
Being "in contract" or "out" is pretty meaningless to me.....I've been in this house for 15 years. I originally had Qwest's (my phone company) cable TV offering until they discontinued it and replaced it with D*. Been happily with D* ever since.
To me, it's the same as my cell phone service. I like the service and the hardware. why would it matter if I'm in contract or out????