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Downingtown, PA
reply to bushleaguer

Re: [DVR] Set Top Box price increase

DirecTV no longer sells their boxes - they haven't for some time. Oh, you can get them to sell them to you, if you're willing to pay full price for them (e.g. if you're willing to shell out $800 for a DVR). In reality, at the end of the day, it all kind of evens out anyway. The DBS companies give you a discount on the up-front cost of the boxes by signing a contract. Cable companies tend to charge you the full lease fee every month for the hardware, but give you reductions in the cost of service if you sign a contract.

Which is better? At the end of the day, it probably all works out in the wash. I didn't like the fact, though, that with DirecTV replacing my hardware meant that I was signing a new contract. Besides, with the cable model, if I want to continue getting a discount, I just renew my service contract. I can't do that with DirecTV.