Geez - they really need to fix this. I can see wanting to make as much money as possible - they are in business to make money after all... But come on! An HR24 is not (I hope) in the same league as the HR20/21/22/23s. I am paying $200 and adding 2 years only because I can't stand my HR22s. If my HR24 arrives and fails and they replace it with something else I'll be done with them. I'll need to get a TV consumer reporter that goes after thieves like DirecTV but I'll do all I can to get out of paying the ETF. If it comes down to it I’ll pay the ETF just to get away from them. I suppose the next thing they'll do is sneak into my house at night and drink my beer? After all if they had to buy their own that cost would have to be passed on to their customers right? Give me a break!