Going forward, it will be D*'s receiver that they lease to you.
who's freakin dvr is it, anyway? between the 30-second commercial preview, and the "Space You Can't Use" feature, it really seems like D*'s decided to show us paying customers who's the boss.
D* is trying to ape TiVo and other perceived "industry leaders" to try to become an industry leader themselves. The rest of us know that the only way to become an "industry leader" is to deliver what people want.
TiVo doesn't lead any industry, but the perception is there because they offer a product that is relatively well though out, easy to use and relatively reliable. These are the lessons that D* needs to learn.