While I agree with you Harsh, there are discounts available for lifetime service if you hunt around. Boxes can be had very cheap as well, if you hunt around. Used boxes with lifetime are quite plentiful. The one thing I have to point out is your last comment... Transitioning from one company to another is always going to result in this potential problem. Im sure you arent using DirecTv boxes for dish Since almost every cable company in the US uses the same format, and all are required by law to allow cablecards, you have a much better chance of recovering your money spent (should you have to transition to another provider) with a Tivo than you would with either leased or owned satellite equipment. Its just another option. I was just trying to point out that you dont HAVE to pay the big outlet fees to Comcast. There are ways around it.