I love D* inspite of my few rants about them :heart: But this is one of those "rant" areas for me. I don't think there should be commitments. If a company can't provide the service you want, you should be able to move on without penalty IMHO. D* didn't (to my knowledge) have commitments back years ago. And I remained a customer because they provided the service I wanted.
Back years ago, folks were paying many hundreds of dollars for ONE *basic* receiver, PLUS having to buy their dish, PLUS having to do their own installation. When I got DirecTV in 1997, I paid:
- $350 for a single Sony SAT-A2 receiver, which isn't as good as a current D11/D12 receiver today.
- $150 for an 18" round dish. This price included the extra $50 to get a *2* output LNB!
- $100 for an "installation kit" with some coax, crimp-on connectors, and a low-speed ground block.
All of this was for ONE TV. No HD, no DVR. And, sure, there was no commitment.
Today, people want DirecTV in every room, with HD and DVR receivers, with dual coax lines everywhere, a much larger, more complicated dish, and FREE INSTALLATION.
Well, nothing is ever really free. How to they manage to give all that stuff away? Programming commitments.
Now, if you really don't want a commitment, you STILL can purchase your own receivers at full MSRP from DirecTV, and buy your own dish, and do your own installation. You'll own the receivers, and you can have no commitment. But is all that really worth it? It's not like most folks are going to go without TV, so you're going to be paying SOMEONE for it. If the programming commitment isn't something you're prepared to deal with, then maybe satellite TV isn't for you.