You see here is the thing. That dish on your roof, the cables in your walls, the splitters and switches are an integrated part of your home owned by you. The initial installation is provided at a significant discount if not completely free. Past that 90 days the systems maintenance is your responsibility. The receivers (most of the time) are the only leased component and the amount you pay per month is for programing alone. The costs involved on the customer side truth be known a nominal compared to the expense D* foots for system maintenance (last figure I saw about a $120 loss on average for a service call). Now given that you can try self maintenance of the system (unsupported by D*) or you can take advantage of the PP or pay the costs of maintenance if you need it. U verse from what I understand builds there maintenance into your monthly bill so you pay if you need it or not.