The hotel costs more than free. One does not buy a home and then pay a nightly rate in addition to the sale price. The math is simple on leasing or buying a home ... take the monthly lease and divide it by 30.5 (the average number of days in a month). A $500 lease is $16.39 per night. I have lived in a $500 apartment with three rooms and a kitchen. A $16 hotel would get you one room and not much else. (Be happy if the bathroom is separate from the everything else room and isn't down the hall.) The math on the buying a home price is more complicated as it is future sale price minus your purchase price divided by days spent. And there are a lot of other factors one can mix in if one wants to go crazy with such an analogy. The benefit of leasing or buying a home vs a hotel is the discount ... one can get a lot more for their money with a lease or purchase. Not so much with satellite service. With DISH satellite service customers pay the same rates for their content regardless of if they rent or own the equipment. Customers pay the same amount for additional receivers regardless of if they rent or own the equipment. Yet customers who pay hundreds of dollars more for their equipment become responsible for repair when customers who pay nothing are not responsible? I can tell you why it is better to lease or own than live in a hotel ... a huge discount that will cover maid service (if desired) or any maintenance cost not covered by the lease. Other lease vs own comparisons will likely work out the same way, with some discount for buying that makes a purchase worthwhile. I am surprised that people think that people who paid hundreds of dollars more to obtain their receivers should be happy paying for repairs knowing that others who paid nothing for their receivers get free repairs.