They can't be serious. If there is anything wrong or lacking with any of my 'rented' equipment, they are going to replace it anyway. That's the whole point of the rental fee!
Maybe TWC plans to buy a bunch of old cable boxes from ebay and hand those out to its basic customers, saving the newer boxes only for the people that pay this fee. If no, I don't see what they are really promising!? -- dnoyeB "Then said I, Wisdom [is] better than strength: nevertheless the poor man's wisdom [is] despised, and his words are not heard. " Ecclesiastes 9:16