The JVC announcement makes you wonder about the validity of the information claiming that it cost Echostar $1400.00 to produce the 921. I doubt seriously that JVC, which will offer their 921 at $999.95, is willing to sell each receiver at that kind of loss especially since they can't make it up in subscription fees.
Interesting that you say Echostar is making the 921 and just placing a JVC logo on the JVC models. I spoke with a product manager at the southeast office of JVC in Atlanta and was told that the 921 is a joint venture between JVC and Echostar with the production work being handled by JVC.
What ever the case I am ready for a 921 regardless who produced it.
Since JVC is a hardward Manufacture I would be suprised that they would be OEMing the 921. The most logical arrangement would be that JVC is manufacturing the unit Echostar is providing the software and they both have rights to sell the unit. Maybe Echostar gives them x amount of dollars for each unit they sell.
Just a guess, but it does not make a lot of sense that JVC would be OEMing the unit.