This started as an April Fool's joke and so many people *really* wanted one, somebody decided to make it (or the company making them "brilliantly" tested the waters with interest before mass producing to see how it would be received - your choice).
"You are going to get a certain amount of snarkiness on the Internet no matter what, and my rule is that you don't post anything that you wouldn't say to someone's face." Marc Andreyko (Writer of DC Comic's "Manhunter")
Pardon me for a second while I push the ironies aside... Okay. Memory purged. I was actually an employee with TCI Cable when I first got DirecTV in 1995 (boy did THAT get the office talking!), and I've been pleased with the overall product since.