I took a different view. I was paying ~ $150+ / mth for Satellite & already had Amazon Prime & an OTA antenna....
I put the dish service on "pause" as a trial, & bought a single Roku. (for other TVs I used an old Apple TV or connected a laptop.)
The next month I used the savings to buy a refurbed Tablo (went a little backwards that month but not bad). I already had a spare HDD.
The next month I bought the lifetime subscription.
The next month I used the savings for a second OTA antenna to point at more towers.
Then switched to another Roku each month until I had one on every TV.
I never really even thought to compare the $5 /mth guide fee to the $150 lifetime, all I really cared was that I REALLY wanted to get rid of as many monthly fees as possible & EACH MONTH I was spending about the same as before with satellite (most months less).
Fast forward now 9 months later, & its all paid for & I am saving $100+ / mth!
And the entire family is MUCH happier with the entertainment choices.. The Kids love it, especially since the youngest (4) cant read but can choose whatever he wants via picture...
Side Note: Bought a Roku for the parents, whenever they couldn't figure out something, they handed the remote to the 4 year old...