Just one experience and I'm sure I'd better pick up a replacement on the way home...
There is no OS or kernel patch that protects against stupid.
As most of my tech support assistance is for GOOD friends only (I long ago bailed on the frustrating path of coddling stupid users through their self inflicted fuckups), I have to agree that there is absolutely no protection against stupid, and as long as vectors use the path of least resistance, i.e. stupid, then they will win.
Stupid trumps all. Just watch some TV.
The problem, as I see it, is that they will include this service as an add on rather than an "instead of" service.
I think the limiting factor here is just that, that DirecTV is developing this product as an addition to their standard satellite package, rather than as a unique product, and as such are reducing the pool of potential viewers to only their current client base. Netflix is alternate entertainment provider agnostic and given the way DirecTV nickels and dimes you on EVERYTHING, somehow I doubt this will be cheaper than Netflix's offering.
Good luck DTV...
I dropped DirecTV this past week because for $110 less a month I can get every show I watch on netflix, hulu plus and TED.
I wish I was in your position. I need my football and hockey, and I want them in real HD at this point to appreciate them. I so want this DirecTV box out of my house, but as I live in a broadcast TV "white zone" which means I don't get any reception AT ALL, I am shackled to DTV, Dish or god forbid, Comcast if I want to watch the NHL and NFL.
For example: You can't actually disable the WiFi on an iPhone (4 at least), regardless of what the UI says. As you travel around, you are silently connected to any AT&T hotspot within range and your traffic is redirected to that.
I try not to join in the Apple supporting around here, but i remember my 1st gen iPod fondly, and when other people saw and used it, I don't remember them recoiling as if I'd handed them a steaming piece of shit.
I'm sure your zune/rio/whatever is pants. Everybody's got one, remember?