But I don't really want to pay for that extra package when, in the first place, I need it because their system failed.
I know that with the Classic TV system, you used to get prorated for however much time you had the extra package for - IE the minimum cost was one days' worth if you added the package on a Monday afternoon, and then cancelled it on Tuesday morning. I used to do with the timeshifts when I knew there were two things I wanted to record at the same time before I had a PVR. It was like a dollar cost, at most...
I'm not sure if that's how it works now.