There has been a rash of 771 and 771a trouble codes recently. I suspect it was the recent software update. They are charging $50 for a service call. How is that for a scam? Or you can pay $5.99 a month for the service contract. It is for a mininum of one year and if you cancel it early, there is another fee. How is that for a scam? If you say, "Screw the service call, it is your equipment and it don't work.", they will cancel your service and then charge you a fee for ending the 2-year contract early. How is that for a scam? Here is the fix. I have both an HD and a standard receiver. I canceled the standard receiver. That saves me $5 a month. That almost pays for the service contract. I will reduce my service every time they raise their rates or add a fee until I am down to the very basic and at the end of the contract period I will go to another company for my monthly screwing. In the mean time, I may need a service call once a month. Wink, wink. I can't believe Direct TV can be so stupid as to put themselves out of business.