reply to drew
Re: By them from where?
said by drew:I suspect that even one could purchase STBs in store and pries were set at $200( which would be the most likely price point ) and the people in my area had a choice of getting says 4 STBs from Wal-Mart for $800 or just pay Charter $20 a month. They'd take the $20 a month option. Sure after 3 years and 4 months they are ahead of the game, but most people don't want to wait that long for ROI.
You don't think that the OEMs would start putting their STBs in retail outlets if people were actually able to use them with their service?