We have made a definite and final decision not to renew HotPass next season. We plan to call D* when the chase is over to ask them to remove it so there will be no automatic renewal. The reasons are simple.
As has been postulated on this board, HotPass is paid for by the fans of Dale Earnhardt, Jr., hence his dedicated channel each and every race (two exceptions this season).
If that's so, then they don't need my $80 plus dollars to be successful. In fact, I suggest that they dedicate all four channels to Junior. One could be the regular channel that follows his progress around the track. The second camera could be in Junior's car where he could keep up a running commentary of his thoughts and feelings during the race. He could even let his fans know when he needs to pee in the suit. I'd suggest the third channel be dedicated to Junior's pit crew. Imagine the excitement and commentary as the fans eagerly await each pit stop. The fourth channel could be split between Tony Eury, Jr. and Junior's spotter. The fans could listen to Tony Eury Jr's riveting commentary and gain a great deal of knowledge about being Junior's crew chief.
It's clear to me that there will never, ever be any change in this situation so I'm pretty much done with the whole thing. The drivers I follow get the crumbs left behind and frankly, in this economy and considering what's ahead, we need to be more careful about our spending. Forget the fact that I can get other driver's audio. Half the time I can't get it to work or it's too hard to hear with the network people talking at the same time.
I might as well save my $80 dollars since apparently HotPass doesn't need it anyway. They're covered.