Dish has created this customer mentality of feeling like they can get everything for nothing. Look over most customer's account notes who have called in a service call and you can easily see 'complimentary waived' tech visit fees.
I just chatted with Dish customer service regarding the $7/month protection plan. She said it gives you $15 technician visits vs. $95 and free shipping on equipment which is a $15 value. She said if the hardware needs to be replaced then there is no charge for the hardware itself. So basically you are spending $7/month to insure against a $95 tech visit and $15 of shipping. Totally not worth it!
There is no reason to keep it on a monthly basis. If you have a problem call and add it to your account after repair is completed drop it till you need it again. DISH allows this so use it to your best advantage.+1. Dish has done away with the 3-4 month minimum to have it without incurring a charge to drop it.