Is the Protection Plan (PP) worth $5.99 a month? First: Let me say that I've subscribed to Consumer Reports for many years and believe in their opinion of "extended warranties" or "replacement programs". Not worth the money. And I had come to that conclusion before I recall CR ever stating their opinions on the warranties. But that is really "painting with a broad brush". There are always exceptions to opinions that are worth exploring. Second: In this year of the HR20 and the new dishes and associated devices, I would have spent well over $500 in service calls and equipment. Well over. Third: I've bought a lot of cars, three this year alone, and always get the extended warranty if I think I need it. I rebuilt a '78 Honda Accord, engine, transmission, etc. on an extended warranty that everybody told me was a waste of time. And I renewed it immediately when, shockingly, the warranty company offered to extend the warranty for a year after the original ran out. I don't know how much the PP has saved me since 2002, but it paid the annual fees for all those years this year. I admit that I think it is utter stupidity to buy an extended warranty on a TV or a refrigerator or a washing machine or a dryer. But I would not hesitate to buy an extended warranty on a dishwasher, for some reason they seem to breakdown at a higher rate than most appliances. As I've said before, I'm an electrician by trade and I can fix most appliances myself and I know the CEs get a lot of equipment and appreciation from D* for doing their beta testing for them. If you have the technical experience or the spare parts to fix DVRs and dishes and are comfortable with circuitry, you probably don't NEED the PP. I don't NEED it, but I find it handy. And the PP techs seem to be a little better than the normal CSRs and you do get replacements quicker. I realize $5.99 a month is an extra burden for some folks, but somehow I doubt we fall into that category, for the most part. I think the benefits far out weigh the cost.