DLC means you pay a one-time charge and have access to that added code (usually) indefinitely. Can be transferrable in many cases.
Subscription model means you pay a monthly fee in order to have access to code or service. Like Netflix. Once you stop paying, access to code or service ceases. Definately non-transferrable.
What is being discussed is that it looks like DR is proposing a subscription model of $550 per year to have access to added features.
My point is simply that all this will do is piss most potential customers off, both operators and hobbyists and this will lead to lower sales. No manufacturer has done this before and DR is not the company to start this. They continue to think they are leading the industry. DR does not have the sway at this point to pull this off. They have anti-sway, the anti-particle to sway.
All other manufacturers release FREE code updates and some new features/modes for years and operators and hobbyists are accustomed to that.
If DR goes down the subscription model path, they will feel pressure to regularly release new subscription stuff which will mean only bug fixes will make it into non-subscription updates thereby delivering LESS value to those that don’t subscribe. LESS than what competitors provide. Again pissing off customers who just wonder to themselves, why didn’t I just buy an Stern or JJP or etc.
DR has the right to shoot themselves in the foot with whatever they want to.
The bright side is it will make RAZA even rarer. Even rarer will be having access to the subscription update code far into the future when they stop supporting it or go out of business. Nothing more rare than zero.