What kinda irks me about the SolidSignal approach is the huge upfront cost with the net result of not owning it. You can buy an iPhone 5 or equivalent smart phone for $200 with a new contract through a cell phone provider. Whether or not you fulfill your 2 year contract, you do not have to return the phone! But we're speculating that an HR44 may cost as much as $400 through a retailer like SolidSignal.... But yet you still don't own it. Sure you can ONLY use it with DirecTV, but who's to say you move and can't get DirecTV? It should be your equipment, provided you lived out your contract or paid the difference in ETF. Then even if you don't need it anymore, as owner you could sell it to someone else. The smartphone / cell provider is a good analogy because there are still contracts involved because the provider subsidizes part of the cost. Performance wise, a new iPhone or Android runs circles around any TV provider (Dish, Direct, fiber, iptv, etc). Thousands of apps, fluid UI response, video and H.264 decoding / encoding, etc... Yet it's only $200 on contract which in my opinion would be more than fair to buy (within contract) a subsidized satellite reciever.