If that is so, Why did they charge me $199.00?
So You are saying $199 for the priviledge of letting them charge me more for HD/DVR?
Remember, there is no lease charge for your first receiver. It is simply an additional receiver charge.DirecTV will lease you a standard def receiver with no upfront charge, just the $5/month lease charge. You want something more advanced, like a SD DVR or HR receiver, you pay a $99 up front upgrade charge, but the same $5/month lease charge. Same for the HD DVR, $199 up front and the $5/month lease charge.
I understand that, but they still are getting HD and DVR charges out of me. Even if it costs a million dollars to make and they get it back in 2 yrs, the $199 is gravy since they charge for the 2 services it provides.
To have the pleasure of recieving their HD.
Also, Im sure full retail is about 100 dollars more than what you paid.
You never own their equipment.
I bought a unit from Circuit city couple of years ago,
Activated on my direc tv acct.
Once you do that, it automatically becomes ''their'' equipment.